`For any teacher or school wanting to set up a buddy scheme, or to explore the possibility of doing so, this book contains some useful suggestions, ideas and guidelines. Even if a school did not wish to adopt the buddy system itself, the book contains useful material relating to citizenship and specific problems, like bullying which makes it a potentially useful resource for teachers and schools in general' - Early Education Peer buddy systems have been demonstrated as very successful with older students. Positive effects are recognized for the individuals befriended and also for the whole community. Margaret has used her vast experience with younger children to develop a programme which achieves these outcomes at the stage when they are learning the skills of friendship and co-operation. Using her popular style of differentiating activities and teaching for two age groups, 6-8 and 9-11, Margaret has provided an exciting, innovative and challenging programme which enhances the citizenship curriculum and the atmosphere of the school. Margaret Collins is a former headteacher of an infant and first school. She is now Visiting Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Southampton. She researches children's perceptions of health education topics, writes and co-writes teaching materials for children, books and articles on personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).

The Role of the Buddy
The role of the buddy

In this section the activities are designed to help children to explore the differences between friends and buddies and to look at locations around the school where they can see their pal.

Buddy folder and buddy board

What is a friend?

What is a buddy?

Younger friends

What is a school buddy?

What does a school buddy do?

How is a school buddy different from a friend?

Where can you buddy?

Buddy Folder

Explain to the children that your school is thinking of implementing a buddy system, so that the older children can help the new entrants to settle into school.

Explain that a buddy will be a buddy for a whole term, but that after the term is over, if they still want to be ...

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