The aim of Playground Leaders is to introduce and develop leadership skills in Year 5 and 6 children by training them up and getting them to organise activities for other children in the playground. One of the aims is that it will increase the amount of physical activity undertaken during lunchtime and increase positive social interaction.
Selecting the Playground leaders
Interested children from Y5/6 are asked to complete an application form. This should be handed back to the class teacher.
Whole School Awareness
There will be a whole school assembly to present the playground leaders with badges and to also explain the role of the PYL to all the all children so they know what is going to be taking place in the playground.
Involving the Midday Assistants
The lunchtime supervisors and the Playground Young Leaders will have training alongside each other. It is important that the MDA give the Playground Young Leaders support and that the pupils themselves feel confident to approach MDA to discuss new ideas. If there are any issues the pupils will report to the Senior Midday supervisor.
Playground Leader Rota
There will be a rota that identifies when the pupils will be actively involved in leading the playground. It is also important that the PYL have the opportunity to play with their peers in the playground. Commitment to the role must be emphasised.
Equipment and games card will be stored in baskets. Where possible, pupils will be involved in helping to order the equipment. This is also to support in developing a sense of ownership of the equipment – MDA and PYL must take responsibility for ensuring equipment is looked after and put away in the storage shed.
Whenever children are playing there may be falling out or some children may just disrupt the game. The leaders will have a clear structure in terms of what to do. If this is not followed then they need to go and ask for support from a MDA.
Playground Leaders Record Book
The PYL will keep a record book. It will include information on such things as – a log of the games they have played; identify games that are particularly enjoyed; name of children and the classes; list of equipment that may have been lost / broken.