Northfield Primary School operates a Playground Buddy Scheme. Buddies consist of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils who have been trained by the Learning Mentors in school to offer support and guidance to pupils at lunchtime. Buddies work in pairs following a weekly rota and can be identified by their ‘Buddy’ badge and a band worn when on duty.
What is the role of a Playground Buddy?
Buddies will be on hand to help pupils who have fallen over, sort out minor playground disagreements fairly, instigate suitable age appropriate games, encourage shy children to join in or simply keep them company, informing staff when there are problems and setting a good example by caring for others.
The benefits of the Playground Buddy Scheme are:
to encourage children to take responsibility
to actively care for and look out for others
to try to ensure that all children are free from loneliness or isolation
to encourage children to form a variety of friendships with both older and younger pupils
to encourage participation in a variety of traditional and modern playtime games and activities
to encourage high levels of self esteem and confidence in all our pupils as valued members of our school community