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, some 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 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 children from both classes have been making sure that our playground environment is tidy by litter picking.
- 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 4 work in teams to run charity events throughout the year. This includes Macmillan Coffee Morning, Children in Need, NSPCC and the RSPCA. They learn about the work of the charity and help to organise fund raising across the school.
- 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 a team of Year 5 pupils are chosen, along with the 15 lunchtime supervisors, to receive valuable training in play leadership. The sessions are led by Aspire coaches and the children and lunchtime supervisors then take 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.