If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Friendship is one of our key Christian values and here at Woodchurch, we run a successful buddy scheme to support all of our children.
As your child begins their school career in Year R, we take care to pair them up with a Year 6 buddy to help them enjoy a smooth transition. The year 6’s provide a familiar, friendly face on the playground and an extra pair of hands to help them as they become familiar to the dinner-hall routine. Throughout the year they continue to pair up to participate in enrichment activities, such as a village walk, seasonal activities and even trying new foods!
If your child joins Woodchurch at another time throughout the primary phase, the class teacher will nominate a buddy (or buddies) to help them to learn the ropes and help them to quickly establish themselves as confident members of the class.
At Woodchurch, all children and staff are allocated a house team. At present, these are all names after local castles:
Bodiam (blue), Dover (purple), Hever (green) and Leeds (red).
Throughout the year we enjoy house enrichment events that promote team-work and friendly competition. The older children in each house are actively encouraged to support those younger and/or less confident than themselves. We are constantly delighted by the kindness and consideration they show each other.
Members of Year 6 are invited to take on the responsibility of becoming playground buddies, promoting citizenship in our school. Our six-week training programme is based on the Salus approach, after which our buddies work on a rota basis. They wear hi-viz jackets to make them clearly visible on the playground.
- facilitate playground games
- role-model and promotion of positive behaviour
- ensure playtime inclusion for all children
- mediate and support their peers in solving minor playground issues, or help them to raise problems with a member of staff.
- help the children to tidy away their playtime equipment.
“I really enjoy playing the children across the whole school and it is fun and rewarding to help others with different situations.” JT (May 2018)