At Mendlesham Primary we encourage children to develop as individuals. One of the ways we try to encourage this is our ‘Play Leader Scheme’. The scheme promotes children’s well-being, abilities, social skills and team work. It also encourages the older children to organise games for the younger children, it promotes the children’s organisation, communication and responsibility skills and most importantly they all have fun! We meet on a regular basis with staff to discuss new games and play equipment and questions that the children want to ask.
Our play leaders volunteer their time to support the younger pupils at play times to establish a happy play time for all children. They have received training on how to deliver different games at break time. As well as delivering traditional playground games, the children have lots of play equipment to enjoy, ranging from hula-hoops, skipping ropes, basketball, netball, bowling, football and dodgeball with more equipment on the way!
Another of the aims of the scheme is that it will increase the amount of physical activity undertaken and positively impact children’s behaviour both at lunchtime and in afternoon lessons.