Today our new Buddies and Mini-Buds worked with Val and Vicki from Viva to learn how to support other children on the yard. They learned through role play and are keen to get on with their new roles straight away. The Mini-Buds even have their own song!
The Buddies and Mini-Buds will be available for the other children at play time and lunchtime to support them if they are lonely, need someone to play with or have been hurt.
This links to the RRSA Article 31 where our mini-buds and buddies will be helping the other children to observe their right to play and leisure activities in a safe way.
Summer Term Entry
Mrs Shaw has bought new signs to help us with our role in school. Some of them are near the Buddy Bus Stops to give us ideas when we might need to help our friends on the yard. One of our favourite signs is the one that mentions respect. This is an important value to us as we need to respect each other at all times. We will be showing the children the signs if we see that they are not following the playground rules to remind them how to behave in our school.
Charlotte and Sophie :)
Being a buddy
My name is Jessica and I am in Year 6. It is important that we do our job because some children might need help or they might not have anyone to talk to on the yard. If you need us you can talk to us if you want to. If the children have any problems or worries, they can come to the buddies. There will be 4 children from KS2 and 4 from KS1.
My name is Kaidan and I am in Year 5. Because I am a buddy I am assigned to help with any worries that you might have. For example, bullying, if you need first aid or problems with your friends. You can talk to any of us about anything!
We would like to remind you to come and find us if you need any help. We will be at the 'Buddy Bus Stop' in the Spring Term. Could you also help us by looking out for people who are sad, hurt or on their own and make sure they know where we are. We will play games or help you.
We are pleased to have made new friends already this term but are always ready to meet new people. We have also enjoyed helping you to make new friends.
We wish you a Merry Christmas
Your Buddies and Mini-Buds
At Catchgate, we have Buddies in KS2 (Year 6) and Mini Buds in KS1 (Year 2). All of the children have been fully trained to assist on the yard, helping the children to work and play together in school and to recognise when some children are having difficult times in the playground. There is a daily duty rota and staff and pupils can easily locate them because they wear bright yellow and orange high visibility jackets!
During the training session they worked together to solve problems and think about how they can help others in different situations. The children used role play to demonstrate how they could help someone who was feeling hurt or lonely and learnt games which they will enjoy showing other children how to play.
The children are extremely enthusiastic, eager and willing.
We have a special system of Playground Friends made up of children in Year 5. There is a daily duty rota and children are seen wearing black hoodies embossed with "playground friends".
Playground Friends give up their own playtime to help other children to have fun and play games. They are encouraged to show the younger children how to play games using the equipment (skipping ropes, elastic, balls in all shapes and sizes). They also encouraged to run and play their own games with the children.
They carry little notebooks which they note down names of children who are playing nicely together and showing good examples of friendship. These children are then rewarded in the end of the week assembly.
Anti - Bullying Champions
Anti - bullying is taken very seriously at Catchgate Primaary school with the children being heavily involved in efforts to identify, recognise, and remove instances of bullying. Through the champions, mini buds, buddies and playground friends the children are a very active element of our anti bullying strategy.
This year we have Year 4 children as our Anti-Bullying Champions, they were so pleased to take on this responsibility. As part of the training, behaviour and bullying were featured; circle time and social stories together with drama and role play were used to re enact issues such as bullying. Children explored ways of resolving disagreements or what to do if they think they are being bullied.
The children have decided themselves to wear a cap so they are easy to find whilst doing their duty and have a area on the yard so others know where to go if they need someone to talk to. Children can talk to them if they are worried about anything or whether they just need a friend.