Emotional Support & Therapy (inc' Forest School & Pet Therapy)
Deep Roots Forest School
Over the last year we have been working closely with Deep Roots, a therapeutic provision that offers outdoor learning experiences to children who may need emotional or pastoral support and guidance. So far we have supported 28 children to attend and we have seen their confidence and self-esteem grow throughout.
The children really love learning about the wilderness, wildlife, making fires and dens.
Students sharing their experiences about Forest School...
"The tools help me make stuff and I like starting the fires. In class it helps me make friends."
"When we went to Forest School it helped me make things and I also enjoyed playing there with my friends. I liked cutting the wood too. "
"I really enjoyed climbing high on the trees and learning how to make camps. I really enjoyed making new friends and looking at the bull. "
"I liked climbing trees, making fires, feeding the cows and eating lots of different food."
Autumn 2022 Group 3
What a cold end to Forest School this year, the children spent their last session eating jacket potatoes by the fire. Thank you Miss Jane for sharing your cooking skills.
Family Feedback - Feb 2022
Thank you so much for involving my grand daughter in Forest School, she is absolutely loving it and talks non stop about the things she has been doing during the day.
Pets as Therapy
At St. Luke's, we recognise that sometimes school and home life can be difficult for young people, they may feel levels of anxiety and unease but not always be able to explain why or be able to talk about their feelings. We have trained staff to support our young people with their emotions, for instance, these may include support or time with ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), our Safeguarding Leads, or time in Nurture sessions and or Social Communication groups.
We are also an Attachment Aware School and are here to help those who may find separation and being in school overwhelming.
We have recently stared working with Pets as Therapy and have been welcoming Babs (a therapy dog) into our school on a weekly basis, the children read to Babs and find this time calming and a small way of taking a breath from the busy world around them.
We will be raising funds over the year to support this wonderful charity, read more here.