At Swalwell Primary we run a “Playground Buddy Scheme” where children from Year 6 can choose to enrol as a peer buddy to the children in Foundation Stage and KS1 during break and lunchtimes.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage children to be good role models and have a feeling of responsibility. It plays an important part in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for children.
What is their role?
To help all children to play cooperatively with each other
To help children resolve minor conflicts
Teach children to play games
To be a good listener when another child would like to talk
Help lonely children make more friends
Report any unkind things you see to an adult
Be available as a friend to all of the other children
Comments and views of some of our Playground Buddies:
“I like being a Playground Buddy because I like helping younger children and making them smile."
"It is my job to be a good role model because I am in Year 6.”
“I really like the job and enjoy helping the children.”
“I am friendly and like to help people. I have a little brother so I know how to be a good role model because I know how to behave. I want to show the little children how to do it.”
"I like to teach them how to get better at football. I think I'm getting better at football too."
“I wanted to be a Buddy because I am nice to younger children.”