Mentoring

‘I really enjoy working with the younger boys because I remember being in Year 2 and we always looked up to the older ones!’
Year 6 Reading Buddy

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Although Thorpe House is spread across three departments – Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior – there is a significant amount of integration between these departments, not only through the house, prefect and school council system, but also via our mentoring schemes.

One of these schemes is the reading buddy system, which sees Year 6 boys meet up with Year 2 pupils for lunchtime guided reading sessions in the school library. Since their inception, these have proved very popular and teachers have seen an improvement in the younger boys’ confidence and fluency when they read out loud.

The benefits are not just seen by the younger boys though; the older boys read age appropriate books to the Year 2’s and in doing so help to develop their own fluency whilst giving them a sense of pride in being involved in such a scheme.

Another scheme is the Power of 2 mathematics mentoring sessions which pairs up a Prep pupil with a Senior boy for a daily 10-15 minute mathematics coaching session. Like the reading buddy system, these sessions have proved successful and have seen an improvement in the mathematics skills of the younger boys and an increase in the confidence and self-esteem of the senior boys!

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‘One of the best bits about being a House Captain is that you feel proud because you have been chosen by your friends to help lead your House and you feel even more proud when your House wins something like sports day!

Year 6 House Captain

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‘I love being a School Council rep because you get to come up with ideas to make our school even better and it’s lots of fun too!’

Year 6 School Councillor

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