Thorngrowth is the school's personalised enrichment programme that is delivered to Years 6,7 & 8 on a weekly basis.
What is the purpose of Thorngrowth?
The pressures on young people continue to grow; life in our community and beyond is very different to the one that we faced our youth. This means that some young people struggle to process their thoughts and emotions, which leads to anxieties and further complications as they progress through their school.
When talking to pupils we often encourage the ideas ‘perseverance’ and ‘independence’ to help them deal with life’s challenges both in school and out. However, these do not come naturally to many pupils and it is important to provide children with the strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with these challenges.
Thorngrowth is about ensuring that pupils leave Thorngrove ready to face the pressures of life outside of our community with an understanding of how to be independent and persevere through any challenges that await them.
The aim of Thorngrowth is to empower pupils and provide them with a greater ability to deal with life’s challenges; social, emotional and physical. Thorngrowth aims to help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions to succeeding in future interviews, Thorngrowth aims to help pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
Thorngrowth is closely linked to the PSHE programme that the pupils currently undertake and many of the themes will cross over from time to time. It is important that the sessions are short, fun and contain a clear message to aid the pupils development.
Three pillars of Thorngrowth
Thorngrowth aims to empower pupils through three main areas that they study in their final three years at Thorngrove. All three pillars have elements that cross over and help develop pupils as a whole.
1. Personal Development
Personal development will tackle many of the issues that our pupils face as they progress through the school and beyond. It is aimed to encourage children to think about their own mental health and issues related to this such as their self-esteem and confidence, issues surrounding drugs and alcohol, body image and how to increase positive emotions. It will also look at the topic of relationships; communicating emotions, developing empathy and bullying and abuse.
2. Life Skills
Life skills are a range of skills in order for pupils to flourish in their daily lives, from the confidence and motivation to seek challenges and complete tasks, to the interpersonal skills that aid teamwork and other social interactions. These essential life skills are crucial to people achieving their potential, and therefore it is natural that they should also lie at the heart of the Thorngrowth syllabus.
3. Study Skills
Study Skills are designed to develop personal approaches to study and learning in a way that meets individual needs. As pupils develop their study skills they will discover what works for them, and what doesn’t. Study skills are not subject specific - they are generic and can be used when studying any area. This will also look into the tricky world of interview technique and what pupils might expect in pre-tests.