“Nurture your mind with great thoughts”
At Lambeth Academy, we are driven by our core values which are to be united, ambitious, confident, enthusiastic, creative and empowering. We aim for all our students to “be exceptional”.
The Nurture Group is a unique class within Lambeth Academy which gives students the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability, levels or language skills, and enables them to live these core values each and every day.
The main purpose of the Nurture group is to provide a safe, predictable, secure and engaging space for pupils to enjoy their learning and catch up with key Literacy and Numeracy skills and concepts. Pupils have additional lessons in Nurture to focus on these skills; they have a more flexible curriculum than that followed by the mainstream students, and are supported to access it by a designated teacher and LSA.
The Nurture Group is designed to cater for a small number of KS3 students. Each year, no more than 12 students in total are selected for the Nurture Group based on a range of needs. These are flexible and change each year depending on the needs of the pupils coming into year 7 and the existing group.
The Nurture teacher may teach Years 7, 8 and 9 together or separately depending on the school timetabling. The core subjects of English and Maths are delivered to both years in the same lesson.
Literacy intervention is delivered to the year groups separately, and through two different Literacy programmes. We use SRA Reading Labs and Accelerated reader to help pupils develop reading, spelling and comprehension skills.
ICT skills are incorporated into English lessons as research or projects.
Students benefit from timetabled lessons twice week in the Learning Resource Centre and have time to explore and use the resources available there.
Students also benefit from sessions to work on Social Skills Speech and language development.
The Nurture Group classroom is a bright, welcoming environment. The room has 6standalone computers, animation equipment, a range of crafts resources for model making and project work, a mini library and reading corner, as well as interactive whiteboard for everyday teaching.
The Nurture Curriculum follows the general English and Maths Curricula for Year 7. The topics are revised each academic year to ensure they suit the needs and ability ranges of the students.
A typical English unit of work will focus on reading for understanding, creative writing, punctuation skills, learning new vocabulary, and being able to talk about a text and express opinions and quote information from it. Other units of work include reading Scripts, writing fables and fairy tales, studying and creating films and animations and bringing Shakespeare to life through performance.
In Maths, the curriculum focuses on number sense and skills, basic operations, simple problem solving skills and revising number bonds and multiplication tables. The objective is to ensure students can perform basic mathematical skills they will need in daily life, such as counting money, solving problems, estimating or measuring space.
Many students who join the Nurture Group will have their own strengths in each subject, for example: some will shine in Maths, while others will have a very creative approach to writing.
Successes of all kinds are celebrated in the Nurture Group in order to build self-esteem and confidence. Our ultimate aim is to give students the skills they need to join the mainstream full time and pursue a successful education.
Nurture Group Leader