Playground Friends

Our playground friend scheme plays an important part in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for children during break times and lunchtimes.

Who are they?

Year 5 children take on the role of Playground Friends. At the beginning of each school year Mrs Allington advertises the ‘job’. If children are interested they can collect an application form and formally apply for the role. If they are successful they sign a contract of expectation and then take part in training.

The children really enjoy their responsibilities, and not only do they make the playground a happy place for all the children, but also offer a great help to the staff on duty at break and lunchtime.

What is their role?

  1. To help all children to learn how to play cooperatively with each other.
  2. To help children resolve minor conflicts.
  3. Teach children to play a wider range of games.
  4. Help lonely children make more friends.
  5. Most importantly, be available as a friend to all the other children.

How do we spot them?

Look out for their purple sweatshirts and caps.

Comments and views of some playground friends:

‘The best part of being a playground friend is helping the younger children. It is fun and I am proud to be one.’  Lucas.

‘The best thing about being a playground friend is helping children make new friends especially if they are new to the school.   Jamie.

‘The best thing about being playground friend is being responsible for others’. Chanelle.

Comments and views of children who have been helped by a Playground Friend:

‘They helped me get up when I fell over’. Skye (Y1)

‘A playground friend helped me play a game’. Riley (Y1)

‘I have not needed help from a playground friend but it is nice to know they are there’ Lauren (Y4)