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Thrive Approach at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School

At St Peter’s, our first priority is to care for every child in a secure, friendly environment.

We have embraced the Thrive approach to support all children’s emotional and social learning throughout their school day, as we feel this is just as important as their academic learning.

We do this during lesson times, break times, in one to one or group sessions and through extra curriculum activities.

The Thrive approach places a child at the centre, whatever their background and circumstances. It is based on the uniqueness of individual children’s experience but within a framework of common and universally shared developmental need and learning. It helps children who are temporarily or more permanently restless, withdrawn or under achieving as well as those with attachment issues or challenging and disruptive behaviours.

If your child needs regular, out of class Thrive time, one to one or in a small group, you will be consulted and asked for your input into their assessment and action plan.


Mrs Hamilton and Miss Hughes are our Thrive Practitioners.




Items required


Play dough, sand/coloured sand, sand trays and slime.

To be used for sensory play, making figures, pictures or items to show how they are feeling.

Possibly make their own slime.

Small baskets with labels.

To be displayed on the shelfs to store items in.

Figures (animals and people), vehicles and buildings.

Used for role play or telling a story.

Paint, paper plates, features, straws and lolly sticks.

Creative art for relaxation and achievement.

Pringle boxes, rice, beads and shells.

Create musical instrument, listening to the different sounds and create music to coincide with relaxation sessions.

Hand creams, lotions and essential oils.

Safe touch hand massaging.


Smooth stones and pebbles.

To decorate to display the different types of emotions they experience.

Salt and poster paints.

Children to make different coloured salts. Good for listening and following instructions. Salt can be used to draw in, write in or make pictures with

Acrylic paints, glass jars and bottles.

To decorate glass jars and bottles, to represent emotions and events, depending on the time of year.

Fantastic Elastic Brain by Ann Deak PhD

(recommended by Thrive)

A book to share either 1:1 or in a group setting