At St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, we encourage children to develop as individuals. One of the ways we try to encourage this is a ‘Play Leading Scheme’. The scheme promotes children’s well-being, abilities, social skills and team work. It also encourages the older children to organize games for the younger children, it promotes the children’s organization, communication and responsibility skills and most importantly they all have fun! We meet on a regular basis with Mr. Wall to discuss new games and play equipment and questions that the children want to ask.
Although recently introduced, we are extremely proud of how our Play Leaders, who volunteer their time to support the younger pupils at play times, fulfill their roles. During the autumn term we will be appointing play leaders from both year 5 and 6. The play leaders play an important part in ensuring that our youngest children are able to enjoy active and happy playtimes.
The children have lots of play equipment to enjoy, ranging from hula hoops, skipping ropes, basketball, snakes and ladders, football and dodgeball with more equipment on the way!
Another of the aims of the scheme is that it will increase the amount of physical activity undertaken during playtime and reduce the amount of behaviour issues on the playground. It is hoped there will be a whole school impact in terms of children’s behaviour both at lunchtime and in afternoon lessons.
Play Leader Ambassadors
Our play leader Ambassadors are 12 children from Year 2 and 12 children from Year 1. They are in the process of being trained by an outside tutor in the games that can be played on our playground. The aim of Play Leader Ambassadors is to encourage activity and fun in a structured way particularly at lunchtime. Our dinner ladies and TA’s will help organise a variety of games and our Ambassadors will be there to support the activities.
You can help our children by telling them about the games you used to play in school. Could we incorporate some of these into our playground games? Stuck in the mud, May I, two balls and lots more. We would love your ideas.
Infant Play Leaders
Meet our Infant Playground leaders, also known as Playground Friends. Each day they help put out the equipment for all the children in Year 1 and Year 2 to use and then collect it back together after lunch. They are also there to look after other children if they are feeling lonely and sad.
You can see a few photographs of children playing with the new equipment such as skipping ropes, bats and balls, balancing stilts, footballs and quoits. We also encourage the children to take part in more traditional games such as stuck in the mud, tick, hide and seek and lots of other games. Perhaps you have a favourite playground game you could teach your child or pass your ideas into Mrs Rose who is always willing to try new ideas to keep our children active, engaged and happy.
Junior Play Leaders
This year’s Play Leaders have been planning and running their own game ideas following the training that was undertaken with LSSP.
Each week the children plan activities for selected days and lead them at break and lunch times.
Our children have taken on an important role and are willing to lead games with and without equipment. Following their recent training, the LSSP leader explained to the children that games without equipment are as important as using it! Although more of a challenge, our Junior Play Leaders thrive upon the adventure of new games!
After Easter, the player leaders are hoping to team up with play leaders from the infants and to lead games one Friday a month for infant children at lunch time.