Reception children tend to stay with their own classes in their own outdoor areas during playtimes, particularly at the beginning of the year. As the year progresses, they may move into the big playground with the other children.
At playtimes, there are always teachers and TAs in the playground. In general, no one child has an individual supervising adult because this is an opportunity for the children to enjoy some unstructured playtimes with their friends. If your child is nervous about playtimes, encourage them to stay in sight of an adult.
The school employs a number of mid-day supervisors who support the children at dinner times. Some of these adults also work in the school in other capacities (e.g. on Reception or as TAs). Children generally form good relationships with mid-day supervisors.
Will my child have support for collecting their school lunch? Cutting up food? Will adults know what he/she has eaten and report concerns back to me?
There are always adults in the dining hall who are happy to support children by cutting up their food, opening packets etc, although they do encourage independence as much as possible. The adults will often notice if there is something unusual in a child’s eating habits, but if you are concerned please tell your child’s class teacher. It is not possible to report back to all parents about what their child has eaten, but if there are particular children who need to be watched for a while, then we will do our best.
Can my child go to clubs indoors instead of going out to play at lunchtime?
The school has some lunchtime clubs, but access to them is usually on a rota basis. We like children to have fresh air at lunchtimes because it wakes them up for the afternoon. If there is a reason why your child shouldn’t go out, please talk to the teacher and we will see what we can do.
Not usually because we don’t have enough people to supervise children both in and outside. Obviously, if the weather is bad, we all have indoor playtimes. If there is a reason why your child shouldn’t go out, please talk to the teacher and we will see what we can do.
Is there a safe area where all children can go and be near an adult?
The school grounds are ‘zoned’ particularly at lunchtimes and all zones are supervised by an adult. There are benches around the playground and these are generally where quieter children like to stay and play near an adult.
We encourage them to do so particularly during the longer dinner times. We also encourage older children to play games with the younger ones. These might involve ring games, skipping, supervising football
Will lunchtime staff be told about my child’s individual needs?
The school operates a ‘need-to-know- policy on information sharing. If there is a reason why all adults need to know about a child’s needs- for example with allergies or severe asthma- then yes, lunchtime staff will be told.
If there is information you particularly ask the school to share with all lunchtime staff then we will share it.
How can you help my child integrate/make friends/play cooperatively with other children?
Social engineering is always tricky: we can’t make children be friends with each other. However, if we know that a child has particular difficulties with friendships, we may create social skills groups to support them. Sometimes these groups follow a published programme, sometimes they are cooking sessions, or Lego sessions. We may bring together socially isolated children with more popular children. We try to cater for children’s individual needs and circumstances when we create these groups.
The aim of social skills groups is to help all children improve their communication and the way in which they work with other children.