Welcome to the Haven
The Haven team at the west are:
Doremi Littlewood Tracey Glendinning
Aalia Mahmood Barry Tonge
Laura Windle Kirsty Corcoran
The Haven team on the south site are:
Lucy Pitman Gillian Scully
Chris Whiteley Cat Bott
Hi we're the Haven team. We positively support children's social, emotional and mental health. The interventions we provide enable children to make good progress in learning.
Meet Beau, our baby Hermanns tortoise. She’s helping our children develop their gentle touch. Classes have helped Tracey plant seeds to grow her food and Chimps have been learning how to take care of her.
Some of the benefits of pet therapy are:
improved fine motor skills
improved assisted or independent movement
increase in self-esteem
decrease in anxiety or loneliness
increase in communication
development of social skills
increased willingness to join activities and improved interaction with others.
and may also support the development of literacy skills.
As a school we are constantly learning about the benefits of deep pressure for some pupils.
Deep Pressure is provided through firm holding, hugging and squeezing. This type of firm touch helps some children calm when they are feeling anxious or upset. We have a number of staff trained by a physio to deliver deep pressure to pupils.
1 to 1 Play Therapy Sessions.
During our sand, play and drawing session’s we encourage children to take the lead rather than expecting them to follow an adults instructions. The sessions help children work through their emotions and feelings and so improve the social, emotional and mental health. They also help improve behaviour and attention which in turn supports academic achievement.
Positive Play Sessions
Groups of children from across school come together in the Haven for positive play sessions. They help children build friendships and develop their turn taking and sharing skills. We also have links with the Acorn Behaviour Centre at Heaton Primary.
Rebound & Bounce
Barry and Aalia are trained rebound instructors. They take children for sessions in our specially designed rebound room. It encourages physical movement, balance and body awareness, helps to develop communication and turn taking skills and offers a lot of other benefits and it’s lots of fun! Some pupils go to 'Bounce Sessions' which allow them to let off steam by bouncing around on the trampoline.
We run a weekly walking group where we walk around our local community. Not only does it encourage healthy exercise it helps our children learn about road safety.
Tracey is a trained Intensive Interaction practitioner. She runs sessions with children who are at the early stages of communication. This encourages them to develop communication skills such as eye contact and turn taking as well as enjoyment in spending time with another person. It’s lots of fun and builds confidence and self esteem.