Pupil Council Targets for
To introduce a weekly silent reading time for the
whole P4 &endash; P7 area.
2. To purchase new
books for the school library which are very popular
with the children in the school.
3. To interview
Christine, the school cook, to ask her some of your
questions about school lunches.
4. To demonstrate
at assembly some end of the day games most children
5. To make entry
into the cloakroom as orderly and comfortable as
possible for the children in the school.
6. To provide for
each classroom a small box of playground equipment
to share and look after.
7. A) To have the
playground markers reline the playground and put
down some new markings you have recommended.
B) To discuss
whether it is possible to include a rota for other
playground activities, as well as football; such as
rounders, handball, etcÉ
8. To give some
older children n the school some training to act as
play leaders, teaching younger children how to play
9. To improve the
quality of games, comics, magazines and activities,
which are available to pupils in their classrooms
during, wet intervals and lunchtimes.
10. To investigate
the cost of installing water fountains, to help the
pupil council decide if it is going to be worth the
effort for the school to try and raise the money
Findings of Pupil Council
Information supplied by Justin
During the final
term of year 2000/2001 the Pupil Council sent a
questionnaire to all classes. Below is a summary of
the comments and opinions of the pupils in the
school on the issues raised by the
1. Silent Reading:
Most pupils felt that they didn't get enough time
for silent reading. In some classes it was built
into a day plan, but in others it was dependent on
getting work completed and finding free time.
Background noise from other classes sometimes made
it difficult to concentrate on reading for the
whole shared area.
2. School Library:
It was widely felt that classes did not get enough
time or opportunity to go to the library. Pupils
expressed a desire to stay n the library and read
when everyone in their class had chosen a book as
they often didn't find time to read in the class.
Pupils were keen to have access to non-fiction
books as library books. There were many comments
expressing a desire for new books and a wider
choice, particularly for red and blue
Some pupils felt the classifications
of some books were inaccurate and there should be a
mechanism, for pupils who had finished reading a
book, to ask an adult for a reappraisal of its
Recommendations: Many pupils suggested that the
library should purchase multiple copies of the most
popular books. By far the most popular authors were
Jacqueline Wilson, J/K.Rowling and Roald Dahl. Also
very popular were the Horrible Histories, the
Goosebumps series and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Some pupils were keen on finding a
wider range of books on Poetry, Sport (up to date)
and scary, spooky thrillers.
Other books which received more than
one recommendation where: Crepe Hall - Allan
Ahlberg, The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien, Northern Lights
- Phillip Pullman, Space Baby - Henrietta Branford,
Foul Football - Michael Coleman and well known
others, such as Charlotte's Web, The Owl Who Was
Afraid OF The Dark, Mrs Pepperpot, and the
C.S.Lewis Narnia series.
4. School Dinners:
Most pupils praised the quality of food. the most
popular servings were hot dogs, pizza, chicken
drummers, soup in winter, ice cream in summer,
chips, smiley faces, milk shakes, doughnuts,
muffins, sticky toffee pudding and milk. Some
pupils raised some requests as questions:
- Can we have a
- Can we buy
- Can the bigger
children get slightly bigger helpings?
- Can we have soy
sauce on noodles days?
- Can we have
more vegetarian food?
- Is there any
way of keeping the food hotter?
- Can you ask the
dinner ladies to please not put food on our
plates if we don't want it?
5. End of Day
Games: Most pupils enjoyed playing an end of day
game or activity to wind down.
The most popular games
- 3: I-Spy, Chinese Whispers, Circletime, Songs and
- 7: Heads down thumbs up, Who stole the pencil?,
Winky Murder, Fizz Buzz, Charades, Yes/No game,
Times table shoot out, Sausages and white board
games like Hangman.
suggestions were made to make the cloakrooms tidier
and less crowded:
- Leave a longer
gap between classes entering from their
- Send one class
to their room first thing in the morning to
unpack their bags first, before they put their
coat and outdoor shoes away.
- Provide shoe
bags for P1 - 7.
There was a mixed reaction to the opportunity to
discuss the curriculum. A considerable number of
pupils strongly expressed a desire for more P.E.
and more Expressive Arts. Many pupils felt they
didn't get enough access to computers. Science was
quite unpopular with pupils stating that groups
were too large and there was not enough
8. The Playground:
The infant classes strongly expressed a desire for
more help from adults or older pupils to supervise
them play games at intervals or snack
Requests from older classes
Introducing a rota for
- Providing each
class with their own small supply of skipping
ropes and small balls for their reps to
- Remarking the
beanbags or other suitable objects to use with
- Using the
field! Would parents supervise?
9. Indoor Breaks:
Many pupils were keen to have their own indoor busy
book for wet intervals. Others expressed a desire
for a collection of comics and magazines for each
class. Pupils expressed their disappointment that
the appeal for old games had been unproductive.
From an extensive list (see below) very little had
The List: Connect4, Cluedo, Guess
Who?,Monopoly, Operation, Ker Plunk, Frustration,
Jenga, Dominoes, Snakes and Ladders, Noughts and
Crosses, Draughts, Chess, Quiz Cards,
Can younger classes watch the school's
own educational videos at
Can the construction materials which
are still in the cupboard be brought out on wet
10. The Council:
Most pupils spoke positively about how hard their
reps worked and thanked the council for their
Many pupils expressed their
appreciation for the opportunity to say what they
think about issues. Many reps mentioned how much
they enjoyed being on the
However, there was a strong feeling
from some pupils that the Council created
expectations that things might happen ( e.g.
drinking fountains, more indoor games) but nothing