Pastoral Support in School
How does it work?
Each week, a group of six VIP children will spend time with Mrs Hester over the lunchtime period. They will first eat lunch on a table laid out with a tablecloth, sparkly glasses, napkins and candles. After lunch thy will bring their chosen guest with them to take part in a range of social games outdoors or in the Galaxy Centre. Below are some of the activities they participate in:
Who is chosen?
The teacher decides which children will take part each week. Teachers are encouraged to choose children who they feel would benefit the most, considering the following:
Children with low self-esteem/confidence
Children who are new to the class
Children who have difficulty forming friends
Children who show challenging/disruptive behaviour
A form will be given to the class teacher the week prior to children becoming a VIP. Once the teacher has chosen their children, names will be added to the form along with highlighted reasons for attending. These will be collected on the Thursday of that week. Teachers can inform their VIP children on the Friday for the coming week so they are prepared.
They will be given a special VIP badge to wear and will be presented with a gift and certificate at the end of the week, during Collective Worship, to celebrate.
Why are we doing this?
We want all our children to feel valued and become confident learners. We want all out children who are part of or VIP club to:
develop social and emotional skills;
be more resilient and have better self-worth;
be ready to learn when they go back into the classroom;
connect with other children across the school;
build on their linguistic domains and ultimately,
We at SMSJ value children’s play and understand this is essential to their development because it contributes to the cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing. It is particularly important for children’s mental health, reducing stress and giving a sense of calm and simply making them happier.
Our play buddies are from Year 5 and Year 6 classes. They initially submit an application form about themselves, explaining why they feel they would make an excellent play buddy. Once they are selected, they complete a six-week training programme.
Playtime buddies help set up the playtime equipment outside on the AWP and KS1 playground. They lead some games with and without equipment, to benefit our children’s time outside. These games encourage team work, courage, resilience and communication between children. Our play buddies, most importantly, act as wellbeing ambassadors and always ensure that no child is on their own. They make sure play times are fun, which helps to also make behaviour great! There is a weekly rota for the buddies, so they know which day they help out.
At SMSJ, we encourage children across the school to share their own games they have created or games they know of from another country which they would like to share. To encourage this and the sharing of these for everyone, we have a ‘Games Card Box’.
This box is for children to add information about a game to play and explain the rules of this for other children to try. Each half term we will have a ‘creative games winner’. This goes to someone who has shared a game and which others have tried. They receive a special certificate.
10 Mile Club
Another great outdoor activity we provide here at SMSJ to keep our children active, is our 10 Mile Club. This is a popular activity that children from Year 1 to year 6 are encouraged to take part in daily. Children are given a pocket sized 10 Mile Club passport that gets stamped by a Mile Club monitor as they complete laps around the AWP. 7 laps is equal to 1 mile.
Once they reach their 10 mile target, they are rewarded with a prize and certificate, along with a new passport to aim for 20 miles or more! Children really enjoy this and build friendships with other children of different ages, which is lovely to see. It shows we have a strong school community!