Tree House Wellbeing Group
‘Inclusion is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supported energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.’
(Miller and Katz 2002).
Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all children. Tree House sessions are designed to help children overcome barriers to their learning and enable all children to achieve by providing an opportunity for social and emotional learning in a safe and nurturing environment.
This opportunity is an integral part of the education that we offer at our School to help promote and develop children’s wellbeing. Taking part in Treehouse is as vital to a child’s learning as any other subject taught at school. This group is intended to support children with a range of different needs; such as - helping a child to want to come to school, easing the transition from home to school, finding ways to overcome anxiety and be more relaxed, building healthy/confident relationships with adults and children, developing confident speaking and listening skills, learning good social and emotional skills and building emotional resilience and self-confidence.
Class teachers or parents can request for their child to be considered as possible candidates for Tree House. Children normally come for two afternoons a week for around 8 weeks. All teaching is based in Rowan class and includes a mixture of working both inside and outdoors in the Year 1 and 2 Forest School area. This enables us to be flexible depending on the weather conditions and also to provide a wider scope of learning opportunities. Certain skills are better adapted to being inside, such as playing board games or just being able to manage being inside a confined space and spending time working collaboratively with others. Whereas, time spent in the forest school space allows for greater freedom, develops resilience and encourages children to take risks in their learning. Routines remain the same whether inside or outside.