Working With Others at Ravenor Primary School
What is it?
Working with Others (WWO) is a support programme for schools and early year’s settings that has a dramatic impact on leaning, pupil behaviour, class relationships and how pupil groups are embedded in the curriculum. Here at Ravenor, we understand that learning takes place in a social context where positive pupil relationships are essential.
Every month we have a whole school focus on a specific skill that develops the pupil’s ability to work with others. Below shows you what we have been doing:
|September||Knowing and Using Names||Looking, body language, facing partner, use their name and say their name||
|October||Eye Contact||Good looking, signal, watch and communication||
|November||Random Grouping||Mixing up, non-verbal, body language, helping and eye contact||
|December & January||Taking Turns||Sharing, patience, respect, kindness, self-control & body language||
|February||Stopping and Being Ready to Listen||Pencils down, eyes looking, ears listening, hands/feet still, body language||
|March||Non-verbal Listening||Looking, body language, facing partner, listening, eye contact, good listeners & posture||
|April||Listening and Remembering||Remember, repeat, echo!, recall, summarise, report sequencing and time vocabulary e.g. first, next, finally||
May – problem solving: decision making and negotiation
June – problem solving: negotiation and compromise
July – building on ideas and peer feedback
How to practise at home:
To continue to develop these vital skills at home, there are many ways in which you can help. These include:
- When you are speaking to your child, praise them on their great eye contact.
- If they are speaking to someone, encourage them to use their name or the question ‘What is your name?’.
- If your child attends after school activities or even a sports club, you may ask them ‘Who did you learn with today? How did you help them?’.
- Ask them ‘What skills have you used in school today? How did they help you work with others?’.
The children at Ravenor have been working on their ability to communicate positively with the people around them. They have demonstrated excellent team work and interpersonal skills through using eye-contact and body language to show others that they are listening. This term we are focusing on trust, communication and problem solving across all key stages. Here are some examples of Working With Other’s activities in action:
FS1: Sharing ideas and working as a team
FS2: Shared writing – a letter to the class teddy
Expressive art and design /Sharing and turn taking
(EAD) Making a robot together
Random grouping – making friendship bracelets
KS2: Year 5 and 6 random grouping activity day