Colman Junior School Friendship Squad
Due to COVID-19, the whole school 2020-21 Friendship training programme has not been completed yet, as children are only able to mix with pupils in their year bubbles.
As a warm-up, we played ‘Mystery Musical Mats’.
We started with 5 mats but by the end, we had to get 42 of us on just one! This tested our team work skills and helped us to think of others’.
To start our training, we shared some simple games which didn’t require any resources and could be used as an ice-breaker activity on the playground. Each group had to create a game, then share it with the rest of the group. By the end of the session, we had made up eight new games and shared them to the whole group. It was lots of fun teaching each other our games and co-ordinating ourselves as a group.
Next, we had to work as a group to sort cards, thinking about activities that were ‘safe’ and ‘not safe’. There was a lot of discussion and we shared our views with each other.
The next activity made us think about what behaviour was fair and unfair on the playground and field. We sorted the cards and again shared our ideas and gave reasons for our choices.
All of us, at times, have experienced unkind words being said to us on the playground. In groups, we discussed how we could change this behaviour and what we, as Friendship Squad members, could do. We had to change negative statements into positive ones.
We followed this up with some role play.
During the afternoon activities, we thought about the type of feelings pupils might experience on the playground. We created mind maps and shared our ideas.
Next, we shared our ideas around why people get angry and how this might happen on the playground or field.
Confidently, we were able to put our new skills into action with a little more role play. It was great to watch one another and hear our solutions to problems which we may encounter on the playground.
We reflected on our day and the things that we had learnt. All of us were surprised at how much we had achieved in a day!
Finally, we created a Friendship Squad contract and a weekly timetable.
So, now we have a rota and we are keeping our playgrounds and field safe and happy places to be at break and lunchtimes.