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    Peer Support Through Poetry

    Fourh Form pupils share their love of poetry with Year 5 pupils at Greenfields Primary School, as part of our ongoing ‘peer support' programme.

    Greenfields Primary School in Kettering this week welcomed 13 Kimbolton School Fourth Form pupils into two of their Year 5 classrooms as part of the schools’ continuing joint ‘peer support' programme. This was our third visit of the year, as part of an ongoing reading, writing and art project.

    Kimbolton School English teacher Mrs Sophie Poole said: “Our pupils did us proud by planning and teaching a lesson on poetry, which resulted in the pupils at Greenfields creating some super poems about the seasons. It also enabled our pupils to realise they can enjoy poetry!”

    The scheme, now in its fourth year, is led by Mrs Poole and fellow Kimbolton English teacher Mr Tristan Pithers, along with Greenfields Primary School Year 5 Teacher Mrs Rachel Travers. Our pupils act as ‘peer mentors’ to approximately 60 Year 5 children. Their role is to support and guide the younger children to solve problems in the classroom and to inspire each other in their shared learning.

    Peer mentoring schemes are popular in the UK and offer many benefits both to the mentors and to their fellow pupils. These include raising aspirations, increasing self-esteem and confidence, improving social interaction, and boosting academic achievement. Pupils develop life skills such as effective listening, problem solving and leadership.

    We look forward to welcoming the Greenfields’ pupils to Kimbolton in June for an exciting Creative Masterclass.