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St Josephs Primary School, Slate Street, Belfast
Sports Day; P5-P7 Wednesday 5th June, P1-P4 Thursday 6th June. 9.15-12noon. Wear PE gear to school. Parents welcome to meet us at Grosvenor pitch | PE for this term: Monday Miss Kelly P4. Tuesday both P3 classes, P4 Mr Perry & P2 Mrs McComish/Lynch. Wednesday P2 Mrs Glackin. Thursday both P1s, P5s, P6s & P7s. Swimming - Tuesday Miss Halfpenny, Wednesday Mr Manning. | Be in your line for quarter to 9! Punctuality limits disruption to teaching 😊
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Why do we have Sensory areas in school?

22nd Apr 2024

Nurture and sensory areas are intertwined because sensory experiences play a crucial role in a child's emotional, cognitive, and social development. Here's why they go hand in hand:

🌟 1. **Emotional Regulation**: Sensory experiences help children regulate their emotions by providing opportunities for self-soothing and calming activities. When children feel overwhelmed or stressed, engaging in sensory activities can help them feel more grounded and secure, fostering a sense of emotional well-being.

🌟 2. **Building Relationships**: Sensory experiences promote bonding and connection between children and caregivers. When caregivers engage with children in sensory activities, such as playing with sensory materials or exploring different textures, it creates opportunities for meaningful interactions and strengthens the caregiver-child relationship.

🌟 3. **Cognitive Development**: Sensory experiences stimulate cognitive development by engaging children's senses and encouraging exploration, curiosity, and problem-solving skills. Through sensory play, children learn about cause and effect, spatial relationships, and the properties of materials, laying the foundation for future learning.

🌟4. **Language Development**: Sensory experiences provide rich opportunities for language development as children describe what they see, hear, feel, smell, and taste. Staff can support language development by engaging children in conversations about their sensory experiences, expanding their vocabulary, and encouraging communication skills.

🌟5. **Holistic Development**: Nurturing environments that incorporate sensory experiences support children's holistic development by addressing their physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and language needs. By engaging all the senses, children are able to fully explore and understand the world around them, leading to well-rounded development.

In summary, nurture and sensory experiences complement each other by providing a supportive environment for children to grow, learn, and thrive in all aspects of their development.