At St. Dominic’s we run a “Playground Buddy Scheme” where children from Year 4 and above can choose to enrol as a peer buddy to the children in Foundation Stage and KS1 during lunchtimes. They are required to fill in an “application form” for the job stating their qualities and why they think they would be suitable. The aim of the scheme is to encourage children to be good role models and it plays an important part in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for children during lunchtime. It also gives them some feeling of responsibility. Not only do they help to make the playground a happy place for all the children, they also offer great help to the staff on duty at lunch.
What is their role?
- To help children to play co-operatively with each other.
- To help children resolve minor conflicts.
- Teach children to play a wider range of games.
- Help lonely children make more friends.
- Most importantly, be available to be a friend to all the other children.
How do we spot them?
Look out for their bright yellow bibs!
Comments and views of some of our Playground Buddies:
“I like being a Playground Buddy because I like helping younger children and putting smiles on their faces. It is my job to be a good role model because I am in Year 6.” Jereme
“I have been a Buddy since Year 4. I really like the job and enjoy helping the staff as well as the children.” Macey
“I am friendly and like to help people. I have a little brother so I know how to be a good role model because I know how to behave. I want to show the little children how to do it.” Danny
“I wanted to be a Buddy because I am nice to younger children and I would alert an adult if someone got hurt.” Maria
“I don’t like to see children if they are feeling sad, angry or lonely. I like playing with little children and I really want to help as I am polite and friendly.” Tracey
“I am kind and love small children. I can show other children how to respect each other and teach them how to share and play nicely with each other.” Robert
Comments and views of children who have been helped by the Buddies:
“They teach us new games and play with us.” Lacey
“They help us not to argue when we play football.” Rhys
“I think it was good to have Playground Buddies in KS1 because when we moved up to KS2 it meant that we already knew lots of the older kids.” Teddy
“I like it when the bigger children come to play with us, they are my friends.” Holly