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Friendship bench

Discussion in 'Primary' started by fairylightlady, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Hello,
    We are currently thinking about "re vamping" or completely changing the friendship bench we have in our playground ( 1 for lower school and 1 for upper school).
    It isn't working at all even though we have playground buddies who should be looking out for needy chidren!
    Does anyone have any ideas/hints/top tips?
    Thanks
    FLL
     
  2. Hello,
    We are currently thinking about "re vamping" or completely changing the friendship bench we have in our playground ( 1 for lower school and 1 for upper school).
    It isn't working at all even though we have playground buddies who should be looking out for needy chidren!
    Does anyone have any ideas/hints/top tips?
    Thanks
    FLL
     
  3. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    Within a week ours was called "the Losers' Bench". We now call it the First Aid Bench. Kids just sit there if they want a bit of attention.
     
  4. Do your playground buddies organise games for pupils to join in with? We have found that having older pupils/our parent volunteers leading a game works much better than our friendship bench did.
    Our 'vulnerable' pupils seem much happier to join in one of these activities,
    Our P6 pupils are trained as Young Leaders to help them with this:
    http://www.sportsleaders.org/our-awardsqualifications/young-leader-award.aspx
    We also have installed a large wooden summerhouse in the playground. This is multi-purpose; a place for pupils to do crafts/read/play games during breaks; somewhere for groups to work throughout the day and a shelter for parents picking up their children at the end of the day.
    We live in the country and many of the pupils have an interest in farming, We were installing large raised beds in the playground and decided to allocate one of them to a small group of pupils to plan and develop a 'farm pot'. This has been fantastic for those pupils who find integrating in the playground challenging.

     
  5. Thanks for that! Will look into the sports leaders idea!
    Would love a Summer house!
     
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    LOL I can imagine the same in ours... We don't have one.
     

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