Year 1 children from Whitehawk School took part in a range of creative activities identifying and learning the rules of play. Through teamwork and peer learning with Year 5 children, they developed new skills that had a direct impact on their behaviour in class.
Who was involved
How can we develop play-skills to improve behaviour within a targeted group of Year 1 boys?
Year 1 children developed an understanding and practice of play which involved dealing with conflicts, turn taking and sharing. Their improved behaviour and motivation created a calmer atmosphere, encouraging an increase in the children’s willingness to learn in class.
Peer teaching gave the older children a role of responsibility developing leadership skills and the younger children progressed to become playtime leaders. The participatory celebration events developed by the children with a life size puppet ‘Silver Boy’ were attended by more parents than any other activity that year. The school now has a resource of materials for future use.Back to top
My mummy will be so proud of me, I’m a play leader.
Working with Y1 has made us feel more trust worthy and more sensible. If Y1s can do it then we can do it too.
After taking part in this project any activity that involves others has improved and lessons are calmer with children sharing, turn taking and listening.
This has been a very positive developmental experience for the children both socially and emotionally.
The children have owned and authored this project more than the adults, we have been the facilitators.