Thursday, 8 March 2012
Playground Fun & Safety
This afternoon PCSO Karen Vaughn and I took up Caversham Primary School's invitation to be interviewed by Year 3 children. The idea came about as a result of the yellow zig zag lines Karen & I helped the school lobby the Council for last year.
We sat in the sunny playground with the pupils taking turns to approach us. They worked in threes: the first in charge of a microphone (which doubled as a recording device); the second looking after a clip board with their pre-prepared questions; and the third asking their questions. The Deputy Headmistress watched from a distance, giving encouragement and keeping an eye out to make sure everything ran smoothly.
To begin with the children were a little shy, but soon they relaxed and got into their roles as budding reporters! They asked intelligent questions about safety which Karen and I answered as best we could. The children listened very carefully to our replies. One girl stood out in particular because she put into her own words what she thought I had said to ensure she'd understood me. An extremely useful technique whether she wants to become a reporter – a teacher or even a Member of Parliament in years to come!
Although the topic was a serious and important one, both Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - and by the look of it so did the delightful pupils.