How does Chiltern Tutorial Build Self Esteem?
Many of the pupils at Chiltern have had very poor and negative experiences of school life through failure or bullying.
Until a child is happy and secure in their learning environment , they will not learn. They are like frightened rabbits in the headlights.
It is our first task at our school to build up a child’s self belief. Children learn that making mistakes is part of the learning process. They see other children around them that do not find some of the basic skills easy to master. Children do not like to be different. However they begin to learn the importance of the school’s ethos of –‘No one can do everything, BUT everyone can do something .’
Circle Time is often a time when children will discuss their feelings and experiences with one another. Differences are celebrated.
On Friday’s we have an additional Circle Time at the end of the day. This is the time when we will give out certificates for achievements, prizes for achievement points, or if a child has completed their reading sheet they will receive their prize. It is time of celebrating each others’ successes.
We have developed a Nurture Area in the school. The children named it The Rainbow Room. It is an area that the children may ask to go in and be away from everyone . A place that if they are feeling upset or want to be on their own they can. There are books there on a variety of topics, bullying, family break ups, health issues. There is also a fiddle box full of things that the children can play / fiddle with to help them think.
“My son is so happy and brimming with confidence. He is also very enthusiastic about trying anything new which is a massive step forward for him. Our friends comment on “what a change”. He is now very rarely grumpy or down in the dumps. He is very positive about his ability to do anything.”