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Pupils take first steps from the Walton Oak Nest
Two students at Walton Oak School have flown the Nest, a year after the nurture room was set up to enhance the children’s social skills and build confidence.
Every day a small group of children aged five to seven spend the morning in The Nest, enjoying games and activities designed to encourage discussion and group participation.
During the year, two of the students have flown the Nest and returned to their classes full time. A graduation ceremony is held to welcome the children back to their classes, and celebrate their achievements in the Nest.
The group shares brunch together every morning, with each of the children taking responsibilities for roles such as pouring the juice, and are encouraged to suggest their favourite foods for everyone to share.
Recently the children made a life-size scarecrow, which now lives in the school garden.
The group also participate in a more formal learning structure aimed at developing their maths and English abilities.
The Nest is designed to be a combination of a friendly home environment, and a stimulating learning area.
The school anticipates that more children will be graduating from the Nest in the near future.
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