At Yorkley we operate a ‘Buddies’ scheme where volunteers from years 5 and 6 help the lunchtime supervisors to make lunch times a happy time for the children. Children interested in becoming a Buddy complete a job application form, explaining why they would like the role. Selected pupils are given training before working in the playgrounds and work on a rota basis. They wear yellow jackets so that they are easily spotted by all children.
Coming into a playground is sometimes daunting for younger children. We have a second team of Buddies who look out for children who are lonely or uncomfortable in the playground.
Children in Key Stage 2 organise sports activities in the school hall on three afternoons a week. Younger children enjoy these enjoyable structured activities away from the sometimes bewildering atmosphere of the playground whilst Play Leaders improve their own confidence and communication skills.