Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School.

Mapplewell Primary School

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.

Nurture Provision

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”

What is Nurture Provision?

Nurture provision focuses on the social, emotional and behavioural development from which academic progress is made. The nurture provision provides an accepting and warm environment which helps to develop positive relationships with both teachers and pupils. Each session we identify our emotions and develop a clear understanding of how we are feeling. We work towards breaking down the barriers of learning in a positive and encouraging environment. This equips our pupils with a good foundation to build on their learning enabling them to reach their full potential.

Nurture groups are now in over 1500 schools in the UK, giving children the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the uncertainties that life can bring.

Meet the Team

Mrs Clarke, Mrs Ward, Mrs Rolph and Miss Walker

What is a Nurture Group?

Nurture Groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by role modelling, demonstration and the use of gesture as appropriate. The relationship between the two staff, always nurturing and supportive, provides a role model that pupils observe and begin to copy. Food is shared at ‘breakfast’ or ‘snack time’ with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.

As the pupils learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.

Nurture Groups are developed around six principles of nurture:

1. Learning is understood developmentally.

2. The classroom offers a safe base.

3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.

4. Language is a vital means of communication.

5. All behaviour is communication.

6. The importance of transition in the lives of children and young people.

What do we provide for the pupils who attend Nurture Group?

The pupils follow the same daily routine which consists of:


  • Welcome – feelings / Makaton / news / targets.
  • Activity
  • Playtime with peers
  • Circle time – discuss playtimes, friends, and incidents.
  • Snack time and free play
  • Close session – one positive, rewards and target review.


  • Welcome – feelings / Makaton / news / targets.
  • Snack time and free play.
  • Activity
  • Close session – one positive, rewards and target review. 

Throughout each session pupils will talk about their feelings. This can include issues that prevent them from feeling settled and safe within school. We support their learning on how to manage their feelings and emotions through:

  • Group discussions
  • Social skills
  • Circle time
  • Activities - e.g. arts, crafts, baking.
  • Story time
  • Mindfulness
  • Team building
  • Games
  • Play