At Hillside we have a dedicated team of Friendship Buddies who are on hand to assist children at lunchtime. These children are sensible, kind, caring individuals who have a good understanding of other people’s feelings. Friendship Buddies are children in Years 6, 5 and 2 who undertake training, following a nationally recognised scheme. This enables them to learn about peaceful conflict resolution. Their role is to make our playgrounds pleasant places to be. If children are lonely, have no-one to play with, need to talk or have help with a problem, they can go to a Friendship Buddy.
- Friends help and support us if we have a problem
- Friends make us feel safe and happy
- Friends make us feel respected, valued and part of something special
- Friends can bring out the best in us
Our school is extremely lucky to have some brilliant Playground Leaders. At lunch time their role is to initiate games with KS1 and KS2 children. They help the Lunchtime Supervisors make our dinner times fun and enjoyable. They organise playground games and activities for the pupils to participate in and work together to think of new, exciting activities for lunchtimes. They receive training to lead younger pupils in structured, fun games. When children are actively engaged in activities behaviour improves and the playground is a fun and harmonious place to be. The Playground Leaders are taught skills such as communication, fair play, organising groups/teams and the STEP principle (Space, Task, Equipment, People).
At Hillside, we have a number of children who have volunteered to be a reading buddy. A reading buddy is when an older child (from year 5 and 6) pairs up with a younger child to support them with their reading. This allows the older child to be a positive role model for the younger child; to help model good reading; increase each other’s’ self-esteem and to develop a love of reading. This partnership has been running for over three years in school and all children involved benefit. The year 5 and 6 children read at least twice a week with their partner and this role has evolved during the current academic year with buddies reading to the whole class or practising spellings and common exception words with groups or individuals. The reading buddies also supervise the use of the reading and writing boxes at lunch times. Boxes of reading books, writing resources, white boards and even outdoor bean bags (to keep the children comfy) are used on both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. The reading buddies help to organise the use of the boxes each day and all year groups enjoy an additional activity at lunch time that helps to support their reading and writing skills.
At Hillside, we have a team of Year 6 Science ambassadors, who, once a week during lunchtime, plan and carry out an exciting range of scientific experiments and investigations for the Key Stage One children to become involved in. These experiences can range from exploding volcanoes to making vehicles travel across the playground. The ambassadors do a brilliant job of developing the scientific minds of our younger children, enthusing their enquiry skills, observation skills and allowing them to ask questions of the world around them.
Our children thrive on being responsible, trustworthy and dedicated individuals and these skills are demonstrated in our Mathletics champions. The children involved lead by example and show a great enthusiasm for maths and demonstrate how it can support them in other areas of the curriculum.
At Hillside we use an exciting, interactive maths programme to teach the children the essential skill of recalling their multiplication and division facts. The national expectation is that every child will be able to answer any times table question or division fact mentally within a five second period. Times Tables Rock Stars is an online programme which also requires the children to answer multiplication and division questions on paper at least three times per week, whist listening to rock music to motivate and engage them.
The online programme contains a competitive element where the children collect coins for every answer they input correctly. The more coins they earn, the more accessories they can buy for their avatar and the higher up the school leader board they will go. This resource is accessible and is a fun and engaging way to learn a vital mathematical skill.
This is a responsibility given to a group of Year 6 pupils who take an active interest in sport and become ambassadors for sport. These children support, plan and organise a range of sporting activities, developing their leadership skills.
eCadets is a pupil led programme that teaches children how to stay safe online. Each term our eCadets are set challenges through which they learn new online skills and share their knowledge with the children in their class. We have chosen two eCadets from each Key Stage 2 class. They work with Miss Nelson once a week to complete their challenges and plan activities for their class.
We have a dedicated team of librarians that work extremely hard to ensure that our school library is well used, organised and supplied with the latest books to engage the children at Hillside. Our trained librarians not only assist children in selecting books and ensure this area is kept tidy and well organised, they also run shared reading sessions; termly competitions and promote and nurture a love of reading across the school.
Head Boy & Head Girl
Being the Head Boy/Head girl at Hillside is a very important role because you have to be an inspirational role model to everybody else. Their duties include representing Hillside at various events, welcoming visitors to the school and showing them around, attending meetings with the school council and helping out around the school. The Head Boy and Head Girl are appointed for their caring, respectful, hardworking, inspirational qualities. They are ambassadors for the school, who hold and show- on a daily basis the values we uphold.