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Thrive in The Hive


 What is Thrive?

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 their 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 Walwayne

We are very pleased to be using the Thrive approach in school to support children with their social and emotional development. We have two members of our team, Sonya Burrows and Kirsten Madden,  who are trained practitioners.


Mrs Kirsten Madden


Mrs Sonya Burrows



The school has two thrive rooms that the children can use for their activities.

These sessions may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Cooking and preparing food
  • 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:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble 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 feel free to make an appointment to see one of the Thrive team.  They can be contacted via email: thrive@walwaynecourt.wilts.sch.uk

Useful websites and documents

Thrive for parents


Flyer New Parents Leaflet 2016.pdf

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