At Hawthorne Primary we run a “Playground Buddy Scheme” where children from KS2 (Year’s 3, 4, 5 and 6) can choose to enrol as a peer buddy to the children during break times. 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 break times. 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 too.
- 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.
- To help children play fairly during sporting games.
- To look after others if they are hurt.
- Most importantly, be available to be a friend to all the other children.
How do we spot them?
Look out for their bright red hats with ‘Playground Buddy’ on the front!
Comments and views of some of our Playground Buddies:
“You really feel proud after you have helped someone.” Leo
“I like being a playground buddy because if someone is lonely and you help them find friends, you feel really rewarded.” Liv
“I enjoy being a playground buddy because during playtime I put smiles on children’s faces” Meeya
Comments and views of children who have been helped by the Buddies:
“The Playground buddies help you to make friends. They ask others if you can join in when you feel alone” Livi
“When I had fallen out with a friend, a Playground Buddy saw me upset and helped me to sort out the argument” Sadie
“When I felt lonely a Playground Buddy saw me on the Buddy Bench and helped me to find friends to play with or they let me join in with them” Lexi