Last week all of our Year 5 and 6 pupils were trained by Gareth Martindale, our school games organiser to become playground leaders. The pupils completed a theory session discussing leadership qualities and people who exhibit these. The pupils also spoke about role models and who they aspire to be like. These ranged from Christiano Ronaldo, Mary Berry, Mrs. Smith and also siblings. It was a lovely session where the pupils highlighted the importance of hard work, co-operation, empathy and determination all of the qualities that encompass our ethos at Oakhill.
Our pupils then participated in a practical session trying out new games and fun challenges. They learned how to differentiate tasks to make them easier or harder so that anyone could get involved and achieve success. This was our focus to make all of the tasks inclusive to engage all ages and levels of ability. All of the pupils passed the course with flying colours and Maeve Bentley was selected by Gareth as our playground leader of the day. This was due to her positive contribution to the class discussion and good ideas of fun activities, well done Maeve!
This week Mrs Smith followed up the session by grouping the pupils into teams to lead sessions every lunchtime for Years 4 to Reception. Pupils all signed up for a day when they were free of extra curricular commitments. Here are our teams:
Monday – Monty (team leader), Archie, Aaron, Matthew, Max and James
Tuesday – Maeve (team leader) Florence, Ben, Oscar, Oliver and Abigail
Wednesday – Leigha (team leader) Betsy, Lily, Felicity, Gabriel, Josh and Olivia
Thursday – Ruby (team leader), William, Finn and Louis
Friday – Olivia (team leader) Sorcha, Christopher, William and Ollie.
The teams were then set the challenge of designing a fun game or activity that would be suitable for any child in Prep. They had to include a scoring system and rules. There were some fantastic ideas using a wide range of equipment. Some of the activities were elephant football, defend the den, an assault course, relay races and a variety of skill challenges.
The pupils then presented their games to the class. This was a fantastic session where all pupils showed a maturity beyond their years and presented confidently to the class, Mrs Smith was very impressed. The playground leaders sessions will start on Monday 1st February and a leader of the week will be selected to gain merit points for their house. No doubt there are lots of fun and games in store for all of our younger Prep pupils.