In anticipation of children joining our school in the Foundation Stage, we allocate each of them a year 5 (who will then become a year 6) buddy. The children meet their buddy during the introductory sessions held in school in the June and July, preceding their September start in school. They enjoy a picnic together that their buddies prepare and organise for them.
The buddies are older children who can help the younger children ease into the school life and help look after them at playtimes. We have found that this helps the younger children settle into school quickly and strengthens the nurturing and family basis of our school.