R Time

 

At Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School we provide a nurturing environment within which all our children can learn and play together.

Some of our children also benefit from a more intensive approach if it is felt that they would gain from specific intervention, “R Time.”

Emotions are an integral part of human nature. Through emotions we respond to life in many different ways—with anger, happiness, fear, love and loneliness. Emotions influence our thoughts and actions; they inspire our needs; they affect our bodies and impact on our relationships…and our ability to learn.

In “R Time” we aim to provide an environment in which children can flourish and build trusting relationships with adults and in doing so gain the skills they need in order to learn. There is an emphasis upon the assessment of children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills, on learning through play, and on sharing “family type” experiences. Activities are built around the child’s needs as identified through the Boxall Profile and through observations of involvement in learning activities.

The “R Time” group meet together every morning shortly after registration.  They engage in joint or separate activities for the 30 minutes session developing the skills of:

  • Responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness in our pupils.

Children are identified as potentially benefitting from our “R Time” sessions  through the use of the Boxall Profile and with some reference to the Leuven involvement Scale (Prof.F.Leavers)

We have clear outcomes for the R Time Programme. They are to:-

  • improve a child’s social, emotional and behavioural skills;
  • give parents and carers practical support, strategies and confidence;
  • accelerate academic progress by enabling the child to engage in learning;
  • enable the child to effectively learn and play with their peers;
  • influence the practice of the whole school;
  • improve attendance;
  • provide creative solutions to reduce/avoid exclusions.

The R Time Programme fosters creativity, stimulates the imagination and engages children in their learning and social interactions. As well as providing opportunities to promote Restorative Practices. The acquisition of the language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing underpin everything we do. Language and communication are the keys to learning and the development of self-esteem, resilience and responsibility. All situations in R Time are seen as opportunities to learn and make social as well as academic progress.

The SEAL strategy (2005) gave us 5 core aspects of Emotional Literacy (as previously expressed by Goleman in ’96). We believe in developing the core aspects of SEAL within every child at Our Lady Immaculate and for some children a more intensive approach is required.

Emotions are an integral part of human nature. Through emotions we respond to life in many different ways—with anger, happiness, fear, love and loneliness. Emotions influence our thoughts and actions; they inspire our needs; they affect our bodies and impact on our relationships…and our ability to learn.

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