It has been a successful start to the citizenship programme this year with many children being chosen to take up various Citizenship roles.

20 new Peer Mediators have been trained this term and are currently performing their duties in Years, 3, 4 and 5/6 playgrounds. 12 Peer Mediators from the previous year have also continued their duties.

30 new Play Leaders have been trained and are currently on duty in Years 3 and 4 playgrounds. The Play Leaders have also been given the opportunity to attend a recent training session to become ‘Song Leaders.’ They have been taught traditional playground singing games to teach children as part of their play leading duties. 10 Children who were play leaders last year have chosen to continue with their roles.

Children are registered and taken to middle school where they go to Years 3 or 4 playgrounds. At the end of lunchtime, they assemble in the reception area where they are once again registered and taken back to Upper School.

School council meetings are taking place once a week in all double year groups from Years 3 to 6. This term children have been discussing ideas for Anti-Bullying Week, Children in Need and Road Safety issues.

Children in Years 3 and 4 have shown a keen interest in becoming assistants in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes. 56 children in Year 4 are currently assisting in Years 1 and 2 classrooms during their lunchtimes. In Year 3, 40 children are assisting in Nursery and Reception classes. Rotas are displayed both in the children’s classrooms and the classrooms where they undertake their duties.

Children in Years 3 and 4 have also been chosen to become Buddy Readers for the Key Stage 1 classes. There are also plans for children in Year 3 to volunteer their time to work in the school’s Eco Garden. These children will also be receiving Citizenship hours for their efforts.

Children in Year 2 have also begun their Citizenship duties through Buddy Reading with the Early Years children. Children in Year 2 will be chosen to become Play/Song Leaders in Year 1 and Reception playgrounds. These children will undergo training for 3 sessions led by Play Leaders in Years 5 and 6. Children will be trained in autumn term and ready to begin duties in the Spring Term.

In addition to the usual Citizenship roles, children in Year 6 have been awarded Citizenship hours for leading a spelling workshop during autumn term’s parent’s evening. 30 children have also been given Citizenship hours for participating in a charity event organised and led by them to raise money for the Philippines Relief Effort.

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