During Term Four, our Speak Out Stay Safe Crew are being trained as Playground Buddies. The children are having weekly training in the following areas:
The beginning process – naming the group, overall purpose and group rules, getting to know each other
For the group to begin to recognize themselves as a team and gain an understanding of why they have been brought together. Children have a good initial sense of the ‘Buddy’ role.
To gain an understanding of what it means to be a good friend and how to apply existing skills to the role of a buddy.
For the group to produce a job description for the role of a buddy and understand their roles and responsibilities as a buddy.
To gain an understanding of the importance of listening and how to show others you are listening to them.
For the group to discuss how to use positive listening skills whilst being a buddy and in other aspects of their lives.
To gain an understanding of how to communicate effectively both verbally and physically.
For the group to discuss various ways of communication to include tone/pitch of voice, positive body language and terminology used.
To gain an understanding of the groups’ knowledge of anti-bullying and differentiate between what is and what is not bullying.
For the group to discuss what they think bullying is and write a group definition.
To gain an understanding of what it means to be assertive
For the group to discuss the four main types of behaviour: passive, aggressive, manipulative and assertive focusing on ways to be assertive and how we can do this predominantly through compromise.
To gain an understanding of the importance of keeping secrets and when it is necessary to talk to an adult.
For the group to discuss good and bad secrets – those which can be kept and those which need to be passed on to an adult. For the group to discuss ways in which to keep themselves safe whilst working with younger pupils – not promising to keep a secret until they know what it is.
To ensure an understanding of all key concepts has been achieved and to allow mentors to alleviate any concerns. To develop an awareness of importance of self-esteem.
To solidify all knowledge of what it means to be a mentor and for the mentors to feel confident to carry out their role. Children to develop an understanding of self-esteem.
The Speak Out Stay Safe Crew have been thinking about their role on the playground and how a child may be feeling when they are outside at break or lunchtimes. Click here to see their thoughts.