This week we have implemented playground zoning at lunchtimes. Playtime remains as normal. We see this as a positive move to ensure that children develop good social skills, are active to improve health and fitness, develop motor skills through ball games and circuits, keep occupied and engaged.
It has been a really positive initiative so far. We have reduced the number of incidents at lunchtime. It was lovely to see lunchtimes this week - we saw happy children that were active and socializing with children from across the school and developing their social skills. We hope that as children and parents the change is embraced and supported as we have made the decision, as always, in the best interests of the children.
During lunchtime we aim for the children to have lots of fun, develop social skills and get some exercise. Throughout lunchtime staff organise specific activities in the playground that the children can join in with such as football, draughts, parachute games etc . Mr Maguire often organises outdoor discos which are really successful and he often leads the dancing ! during the summer we regularly have picnics in the playground with music and ice-lollies! We feel that lunchtimes are a real success with very few incidents due to the children have the opportunities to join in with activities.
Behaviour at lunchtime is monitored regularly - by members of the Governing Body and also by Mrs Ling (Pastoral Manager).
The friendship room
We are fortunate to have a lot of space at MBA which we use to maximum effect. We have two friendship rooms where children can develop social skills, play board games, play table football, play pool etc in a comfortable , bright space. We timetable the rooms but also children who are struggling to play outdoors can choose to have some quiet time in one of the friendship rooms.
Mrs Dudley - our Lead Lunchtime Supervisor leads a fantastic group of volunteer pupils who help out at lunchtime. This group of children encourage good manners in the dinner hall, help clean tables, deliver water to children and generally keep good order in the hall at lunchtime. The Buddies are really proud of their role and carry out their duties diligently.
Occasionally children who are struggling to make the right choices are also selected to be Lunchtime Buddies. This has proved to be really successful , raising self esteem and also transforming behaviour due to the increased responsibility.
A number of children went to Shenley Academy to be trained as Playleaders. These children have learned traditional playtime games that they can include children in during lunchtime. The children are trained to spot children who are left out, feeling lonely etc and to encourage them to join in with the playground games.
We encourage the children to make healthy lifestyle choices especially at playtimes and lunchtimes . We would appreciate if parents and carers could include healthy items for snack-time and lunchtime such as fruit, yogurt, peeled raw vegetables, cereal bars, raisins, crackers , slices of cheese, tomatoes etc .The children are not permitted to the following items into school :-
sweets and chocolates
highly coloured and flavoured drinks
Our Lunchtime Staff