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.
SMART School Council
In September 2018 we launched our new SMART School Council. There is a Communications Team which informs the pupils, staff and Governors about current issues, action group updates and responses to weekly surveys.
This model encourages all pupils to be involved in developing our school and provides them with the opportunity to initiate and run their own action groups.
For more information please see our SMART School Council tab at the top of this page.