The Buddy System

We have an excellent ‘buddy’ system in the school. Children in Year 6 are ‘buddies’ for the new children in Reception Class. They meet them first at the Pre-school in the Village Hall. Once the children arrive in school, their ‘buddies’ help to look after them at playtime, and carry out paired reading, writing, drawing, role-play, ICT or mathematical activities with them periodically, both in and out of curriculum time. ‘Playtime Support Buddies’ and ‘Circles of Friends’ help with friendships and to deal with minor issues that may arise at playtimes from time to time. This system works particularly well. The system gives the children greater independence and opportunities to take on different responsibilities.