Play & SocialPlay is the Way, Social Skills, Lunchtime Fun
Play is the Way
The aim of the program is to develop student’s self-management; encouraging children to make decisions based on “what is right”, exercising moral and ethical judgement in their day-to-day actions.
All staff are to be trained in the Play is the way program.
We set plan as to what we teach and when.
Virtues: COURAGE, FRIENDLINESS, GOOD MANNERS, TOLERANCE, PERSISTANCE, and COMPASSION.
- Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
- Be brave – participate to progress.
- It takes great strength to be sensible.
- Pursue your personal best, no matter who you work with.
- Have reasons for the things you say and do.
In 2017 we are trialling a new approach to social skills; a whole-school focus each week.
For example in Term 1 the following were covered:
Week 1: Greeting People
Week 2: Getting Attention
Week 3: Following Instructions
Week 4: Being Friendly
Week 5: Competitions, Winning and Losing
Week 6: Feelings
Week 7: Feelings and Warning Signs
Week 8: Feelings and Thinking Positively
Week 9: Feelings and Ideas for Well Being
Week 10: Empathy and Responding to Others
Week 11: Great Manners
We concentrated on the “Play is the Way” concepts and in Term 3 and 4 continued with more Social Skills.
We plan to continue this program over the next few years.
Teachers have highlighted the importance of students having a range of activities to do at break times. In 2017, teachers are each donating 3 sessions to running an activity for students. The type of activity, how long it runs and which students are invited, is left to the teacher discretion. House Captains will also provide games and sporting activities for students throughout the year, including using the Play at Lunchtime program (PAL). The deputy principal will coordinate the House Captains.
While we acknowledge that we are aiming for students to self-manage, we also run a competition between the House Teams where staff award points for great work, being helpful, being a great role model and so on.
House Captains collect these points and a winner is announced each week in the blurb.
The House Flag of the winning team is displayed in the courtyard for the week.