At Templewood we provide the pupils with a voice through a variety of means including school council, assemblies, questionnaires and circle times, where the children are able to raise concerns as a group or on an individual basis. We nurture relationships between the youngest and oldest pupils through the Buddy scheme and the use of Reading Partners.
The buddying system involves Year 5 pupils who work as buddies supporting children on the KS1 playground at lunch times. The role of the buddy is one of responsibility and will involve a training session.
Children will be responsible for:
- Helping children play nicely
- Encouraging children to speak politely with each other
- Preparing activities for play times
- Helping children who have fallen over
- Getting help from adults where necessary
- Checking children are playing happily
There are many benefits for the Buddies who take on the responsibility, such as:
- They behave as role models for other children
- They increase their emotional awareness of the needs of others
- They develop their and others self-esteem
- They become leaders of play time games.
There is a Reading Partner system operating between the KS1 and KS2 classes. Classes meet once a week enabling the younger children to share their reading books with their partners. Normally the children maintain the same Reading Partner throughout their time in EYFS & KS1.
Partners: Year R - Year 4
Year 1 - Year 5
Year 2 - Year 6
Year 3 is a transitional year
In Year 6, pupils have the opportunity to become Sports Leaders. This involves a number of activities such as initiating and organising sports activities one lunch time a week. They have training through our Monks Walk Sports Partnership, from our lead lunch time assistant and meet with our PE Co-ordinator.
Other roles include keeping equipment up to date and organised, developing ideas for sports activities around the school such as PE lessons or Sports Day and sponsored runs, for example.