Groups for Yard

Dear Parents,

Over the coming weeks I will assign the children to groups of four for yard time. The reason for this is to encourage them to mix with new people and to ensure that, if their friend happens to be out sick, a child does not then spend break time alone. This can easily happen to children and they often find it difficult to approach other children to ask to join in with them; and sometimes it’s difficult just finding other people in your class! By using small groups it means the children have a chance to voice their opinions and work together to make compromises. It also means that it is easier to keep track of everyone in the group and ensures that nobody gets left behind. This will be carried out daily initially and then once a week after the children have had a chance to get to know one another. Ultimately I want them to be in a position whereby, if their main group of friends cannot play for some reason or are absent, they are confident enough to ask other children to join their game.

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