Lunchtimes

 

Lunchtimes

At Hunslet Moor Primary School we strive to create a welcoming, caring learning community where relationships are based on mutual respect. As a community, we acknowledge the essential role that positive and respectful relationships have in developing an environment that enables everyone to feel safe, valued, happy and able to succeed.

Our high expectation for respectful behaviour and respectful relationships continues through our lunchtimes, where we value and encourage positive engagement with each other through play, sport and activity. As a Healthy School we ensure that lunchtime provision enables pupils to develop a healthy lifestyle and reach the performance levels our children are capable of achieving in physical development and sport. We recognise that through play, children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences.

We provide a variety of exciting, engaging and varied activities at lunchtime. We have also developed an exciting partnership with the local Hunslet Club whose lunchtime coaches engage our children in exciting multi-skill sports such as tennis, dance, football and hockey. Other activities available on our playgrounds on a lunchtime include; riding tricycles, playing in sand-boxes, giant games of snakes and ladders and tic-tac-toe, basketball, Jenga, scoop-ball, hoola-hoops, arts and crafts and the use of our playground in EYFS, stage area in KS1 and adventure playground in KS2.

Skills we want children to develop during lunchtimes:

  • Listen and respond appropriately.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Negotiate.
  • Give support to each other and to adults
  • To have confidence to speak out in a polite but effective way.
  • To be healthy, improve levels of fitness, develop co-ordination skills and enjoy playing sports.
  • To be confident.
  • To mix with peers in a positive manner.
  • To be able to work as a team.
  • To have fun.
  • To learn a range of new games and activities.

At lunchtimes we are committed as a school to create an environment that is free from discrimination, stereotyping and derogatory language. We strive to create an open culture where we work together to tackle any forms of bullying and where children understand how to keep themselves and others safe and trust adults to take rapid and appropriate action to resolve any concerns that they have.

All of our lunchtime staff are committed to three core principles in their own behaviour:

  • Adults role-model positive and respectful behaviour at all times, both in their interactions with other adults and children; ensuring that the dignity of others is always maintained.
  • Adults show a firm commitment to developing a community founded on mutual respect. This is led through the modelling of their own interactions and in their engagement with children at lunchtimes
  • Adults have a duty to act quickly and appropriately whenever they witness behaviour that does not follow our expectations as a school.

Rewarding and encouraging positive behaviour at lunchtimes

At Hunslet Moor Primary School we reward and encourage positive relationships and behaviour at lunchtimes through:

  • Instant verbal praise where appropriate
  • Positive acknowledgements for achievement, effort, attitude, respect and all other positive aspects of DREAMS behaviour through the use of ‘DREAMS tokens’ or ‘Give Me 5’ in EYFS
  • Weekly celebration assemblies recognise those children with outstanding behaviour that links to DREAMS – including those children who have shown this behaviour at lunchtimes
  • Conversations with parents and families to praise positive learning behaviour and relationships
  • Lunchtime Prefects and Hall Monitors in Year 6 have specific responsibilities to promote, demonstrate and praise positive behaviour
  • Lunchtime stickers for good manners, behaviour and helpfulness
  • Visiting the Head Teacher or senior management team for praise.

Skills we want children to improve during lunchtimes:

  • Listen and respond appropriately.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Negotiate.
  • Give support to each other and to adults
  • To have confidence to speak out in a polite but effective way.
  • To be healthy and enjoy playtimes.
  • To be confident.
  • To mix with peers in a positive manner.
  • To be able to work as a team.
  • To have fun.
  • To learn a range of new games and activities.