Friendship Squad

A Fantastic New Friendship Squad

On Monday 16th October, thirty-eight pupils from Year 4, 5 and 6 spent the day completing their Friendship Training Day with Ms Smith.

The first game we played was ‘Mystery Musical Mats’. Initially, we had 5 mats but by the end we had to get 38 of us on one!

Firstly, we shared some simple games which require no resources and could be used as an ice-breaker on the playground. Each group made up a game and shared it with the group. By the end of the session, we had made up eight new games and shared them to the whole group. As you can see from the photos below, we had lots of fun teaching each other our games and co-ordinating ourselves as a group.

Next, we had to work as a group to sort cards, thinking about activities that were Safe and Not Safe. There was a lot of discussion and we shared our views with each other.

The next activity, made us think about what behaviour was fair and unfair on the playground and field. We sorted the cards and again shared our ideas and gave reasons for our choices.

All of us have had unkind words said to us at some time on the playground. In groups, we discussed how we could change this behaviour and what we, as Friendship Squad members, could do. We had to change negative statements into positive ones.

We followed this up with some role play.

During the afternoon workshops, we thought about the feelings we may have on the playground. We created mind maps and shared our ideas.

Next, we shared our ideas around why people get angry and how this might happen on the playground or field.

Confidently, we were able to put our new skills into action with a little more role play. It was great to watch one another and hear our solutions to problems we may encounter on the playground.

We reflected on our day and the things that we had learnt. All of us were surprised at how much we had achieved in a day!

Finally, we created a Friendship Squad contract.

We all passed! So, we are on the playground and field during break-time and lunchtimes to help keep our playground a happy and safe place.