Bellefield CofE Primary & Nursery School


Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development and build resilience.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions, it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes children's emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.

Thrive at Bellefield 

At Bellefield we are committed to supporting the social and emotional development of all children and their families. We have begun our journey towards becoming a Thrive school. We are building relationships with all children to help them on their learning journey in school with enthusiasm and creativity.

We are very lucky to have two trained Thrive practitioners available in our school. These are Louise Mason and Tara Mason. Many children already know Miss Mason and Mrs Mason as they work across the school in lots of different roles. 

Lexy Harris, our SENDCo and Senior Mental Health Lead, has also completed the Thrive Leading Emotionally Healthy Schools training and is overseeing the Thrive approach at school. All staff have completed the introduction to Thrive training and are working hard to embed the Thrive approach within all areas of school life. 

At school we have a Thrive room where sessions can take place and Miss Mason and Mrs Mason support other members of staff to implement Thrive practices in all aspects of school life. 

We also provide sessions on an individual basis or as part of a small group. During each session there is an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Mindfulness
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games

Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Issues with friendships
  • Difficulties at playtime
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety. 

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.

If you have any further questions about the approach, please speak to the Thrive team or email  


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