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Playground Support and Mentoring

In KS2 the older children in the school are encouraged to help the younger children in in several ways:

Playground Buddies

Year 4 and 5 children operate a playground buddies scheme in the playgrounds at lunchtime and break time, assisting the staff on duty.  Their role is to support younger children under the close supervision of staff members.

Playground Leaders

At the end of Year 5, the children are encouraged to train as Young Leaders.  This award involves six training sessions of one hour each.  When qualified, the children run lunchtime play and games in both key stages and control the use of the adventure playground, under the supervision of a staff member.  They also take other responsibilities as required.

Mentoring

Year 6 pupils can volunteer to mentor Y2 children during lunchtimes.  This involves working with them to improve their reading, writing, letters/sounds or other subjects.  The children often use the ICT Suite to mentor the Y2 children and can use a variety of other facilities around school.  The scheme is run and supervised by Mrs Spilsbury, the KS1 Phase Leader.

Social Integration coaches (SICs)

Many of our Teaching Assistants (TAs) also work as SICs at playtimes and lunchtimes.  Their role involves supporting positive play and relationships in a variety of ways and extends to 1:1 support of children who find it particularly difficult to mix well with other children in the playground.