Stemming from the core values of the Kingsthorne Tree, children are encouraged to develop the following skills:
These skills have been nurtured in a number of schemes running throughout the key stages at the school.
Key Stage 1.
- Buddies. In Year 2, 8 children have been trained to act as ‘buddies’, providing a service to other children within the key stage who find joining in games or making friends difficult. The aim is to develop skills of problem solving and empathy.
- Organisers. In addition, there is also have a rota scheme where children are responsible for getting equipment for playtimes. This encourages children to develop organisational skills and independence.
Key Stage 2.
- Environmentalists. Year 3 have been given the task of championing all things environmental. A group of 8 children from both classes have been making sure that our playground environment is tidy by litter picking. They are now liaising with prefects to order new fun bins and consider where they will best be located.
- Energy Savers. Year 3 have also been concerned with the amount of energy used and misused in the school. They have been consciously switching lights off, shutting doors and generally looking at how best to save energy.
- Year 5 Play Leaders. Did you know that while children in this country spend 25% of their school day on the playground? For this reason 16 Year 5 pupils were chosen, along with the 15 lunchtime supervisors, to receive valuable training in play leadership. The sessions were led by Aspire coaches and the children and lunchtime supervisors took part in the Play Maker award which aims to develop skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork. In addition, it is hoped that through this the children will improve their confidence and self-esteem. Each day, a team of up to 3 Year 5 play leaders lead lunchtime play activities, under the watchful supervision of the lunchtime supervisors. Each child is visible due to their brightly coloured red hoodies.
- Year 6 Prefects. For the first time this year 2016-2017, Kingsthorne School is proud to say it has prefects. These children were carefully selected after a rigorous application and interview process. They represent the very best that Kingsthorne has to offer and are our standard bearers for expectations regarding positive behaviour and attitudes in school. They hold positions of responsibility around the school carrying out supervisory duties during lunch and break times.
Prefects have monthly meetings with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss and action school improvement. They liaise with their partner class to discuss suggestions, gain opinions and order resources. They have also successfully presented ideas to governors in a meeting where they put forward a bid for money to improve the school playground. We are very proud of them and think they look very smart in their unique uniforms.