At Colmers Farm Primary School we promote good citizenship in a variety of ways. The children have opportunities to hold various positions of responsibility in school aiming to promote responsibility and improve life in and around school.
Children will be given opportunities to take part in a range of pupil led groups with additional responsibility. Such groups include School Council, Playground Pals and Eco Warriors.
Our School Council.
Our School Council consists of representatives from Years 1 to 6.
School Council meet regularly share ideas from their classes and to talk about any issues that may be causing concern.
Every year group has the chance to put forward ideas through their representatives and in turn they talk to their class and report back from Council.
At Colmers Farm Primary School we have encourage our children and staff to be eco friendly.
We have an Eco Warrior pupil team which comprises of two representatives elected from each class from EYFS to Year 6. The team meets every half term to discuss current issues around the nine elements and how they may be addressed in school.
Eco Warriors help us to make our school environmentally friendly by recycling materials used in school, checking that everyone remembers to turn off lights and machines, making sure doors are closed to keep heat inside and reminding people to turn off taps safely.
Every new project undertaken at school takes environmental consequences into consideration as we try to minimize the impact on our environment.
You can find out more about the Green Flag Award on the Eco Schools website (external link).
As part of being an Eco School we are developing our School Garden to gain our awards, Find out more about our school garden campaign on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website (external link).
Some of our Playground Pals in action.
At Colmers Farm Primary School we have been running our Playground Pals scheme with Year 5 and 6 pupils. The Playground PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) play a very important role in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for other children during lunchtimes.
The Playground Pals receive training from Mrs Hoyle, where they learn how to be a PAL, how to carry out their roles and responsibilities, how to encourage playground games and how to use peer mediation skills.
As Playground Pals they support younger children in their play, initiating games and promoting friendships. They act as helpers to our playground supervisors and when possible support the children to find resolutions when the situation arises.
Playground pals wear an orange tabard and a friendly smile!
A Playground Pal’s Role
- To help all children to learn and how to play cooperatively with each other.
- To help children resolve minor problems.
- To teach children new games.
- To help lonely children make new friends.
- To be available as a friend to all children.
Our amazing Playground Pals work very hard to make our playgrounds safe, fun and happy places to be.