We are very fortunate at Dean Field to be part of the Commando Joe’s programme this year. Commando Bryn, an ex-army officer, visits our school once a week to work with children of all ages across the school. From 8am onwards Commando Bryn runs a Breakfast Club for pupils in upper key stage two. Throughout the day targeted groups of pupils work with Commando Bryn to take part in a variety of activities designed to build resilience, communication skills, patience, determination and many other characteristics. This ties in with our school ethos ‘Learning Without Limits’ and we believe children of all ages should feel that no task is impossible to complete.
With Bryn’s help we know this is achievable. Finally Commando Bryn runs an after school for pupils in lower key stage two. The children who work with Bryn thoroughly enjoy it and we have seen through tracking pupils’ Strengths and Difficulty Questionnaires and Boxall Profiles that it is having a positive impact on pupils abili
Building the confidence of primary school children before they leave is of utmost importance: children with high self-esteem are better able to make difficult decisions under peer pressure, approach adults for support, and be self-sufficient in their learning. The programme develops this resilience through many activities, being part of the team, performing challenges or having a leadership role. They develop their sense of adventure and increase their self-sufficiency by taking part in new and unfamiliar activities. These transferable skills will stand them in good stead as they move off into the unfamiliar world of secondary education.
The programme compliments the core curriculum teaching time and supports lessons. the programme will contribute to cultural, physical, spiritual, moral and social well being and play a part in extending each child’s understanding of British values.