We are now a Makaton Friendly School
We are extremely proud to share with everyone the news that we are officially a Makaton Friendly School.
Makaton describes itself as ‘A language program that gives everyone a helping hand to talk’ (www.makaton.org)
As the ‘Makaton’ states, communication is one of the most important life skills as so many things that we do on a day to day basis involve the need to communication. Both at home and at nursery completing simple tasks such as labelling things, asking for help and making choices, making friends, sharing thoughts and emotions and sorting out our problems all rely in some way on our ability to communicate with each other.
At nursery, for a number of years we have adopted Makaton as part of our everyday practice. The Makaton language programme uses both signs and symbols to help children and adults to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used along with speech. At nursery we recognize that it supports everyone to communicate, not only those who have delayed speech or challenges with communicating. It is also key to supporting all of our children’s communication with adults and each other, regardless of ability, language or individual need. In this way it not only reinforces key language and concepts at every level, but also ensures that every child has a ‘voice,’ a means of communicating their needs, wants, ideas and opinions.
As our South Normanton Nursery School charter states
‘we believe that every child has the right to play, learn and grow in an inspiring, empowering and safe environment, protected from harm and treated fairly.”
Through our aims and values as a nursery which are underpinned by the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, we commit to treat every child equally nurturing them as individuals and meeting their individual needs and supporting them to achieve their full potential. By using Makaton as part of our daily practice, we ensure that every child’s voice in heard and valued, nurturing their independence and self-esteem and supporting them on their path of life-long learning.
Our Makaton Friendly application was accepted in the final term last year and we were pleased when the assessor confirmed our award at the very end of term. Look out for our Makaton Friendly award displayed at nursery. We also look forward in the near future to sharing links to the Makaton website and sharing a new sign with you each week to further develop Makaton learning in our school community.
For now though well done to all of our staff, children and families past and present for your fantastic use of Makaton signs and symbols. This award is another fantastic addition to our outstanding school’s achievements. We have already started on our path to support others in the community to share the importance of Makaton and we regularly sign and use symbols at community events. We have shared our good practice with our International School partners in America and have also embarked on training with other local schools.
At South Normanton Nursery School we’re proud to be Makaton Friendly!
We now look forward to supporting our community and our families even more in the future.
To link to the Makaton Website for more information please follow the link below.
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It is with great excitement and pride that we can announce today 16th April 2018, that our school has been awarded the prestigious Silver - Respecting Rights Award from Unicef. We have been working towards this award for the last two years and it has involved whole school change to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child into our ethos and provision. The principles of education and participation underpin the award and an assessment visit took place on Friday13th April 2018, by a senior Unicef assessor where he highly commended the children, Governors and staff on their work and commitment towards this status.
Everyone at our school is a Rights Respecting superhero!
Wow! I cannot be more proud of everyone involved and look forward to sharing the forthcoming report with you all, – but in the meantime, it is a fantastic addition to our outstanding school’s achievements and we look forward to driving forward with our learning and change in the community and further afield.
April 2017 - We are working towards gaining the Respecting Rights Schools Award and have been awarded the 'Recognition of Commitment'.
Click below for more information about what we are doing to gain the Respecting Rights Schools Award and embedding The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child within our school.
We are thrilled to be working as a partner school with Black Shale - the Amber Valley and Bolsover Cultural Education Partnership alongside PlatformThirty1.
Black Shale's vision is:
A childhood made up of rich, varied experiences that include exposure to and participation in arts and cultural education builds the foundations for a happy and healthy life.
An equality of access that effectively negotiates personal barriers, social stigma and geographical challenges means no one misses out or goes unheard.
And their mission is:
To establish an extraordinary cultural education offer in coalfield areas that is context-specific, sustainable and owned by the local communities
We are very excited to work together as we both share a vision for the children in our community that we see as a priority to create confident, responsible and aspirational future citizens.
Watch out for exciting news about our collaboration for the Often Festival 2018!
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January 2018 - We are so proud to announce that we have been awarded the fantastic Green Flag status for our ECO schools work - a huge thank you to Ruth and Debbie who work tirelessly ensuring that our children have high quality opportunities and experiences that support our children to drive change in our school and gain environmental awareness!
April 2017 - Through our Eco Schools work in 2015, we gained the Green Flag Award and we look forward to renewing this award this year - 2017.
Click here to go to our Eco-Schools page and find out more about our passion for being eco-friendly!
You will find out how our eco-schools work is embedded in our daily practice by reading our blogs page by clicking here.
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We have gained the Nursery Sun Safe Award
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We are very proud to be teaming up with 'Mind' and 'Rethink Mental Illness' in a bid to end mental health discrimination.
Often the attitudes of others stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.
Stephanie is super proud to be a 'time to change champion' and is looking forward to a future of opening up to mental health issues.