Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – transitions - role models – primary

What is this?

In this activity, children will explain who their role models are, to give their new early years officer (EYO) or teacher further insight into their personalities and interests.

For children at Nursery and P1

  • Explain to your child that their new early years officer (EYO) or teacher is looking forward to meeting them, and wants to find out as much as they can about them before the new term starts.
  • The EYO or teacher would like to know who your child really admires and why. This could be a favourite character in a film, book or on TV. It could be an author whose books they really like, a brother, sister, cousin, or a grandparent, aunt or uncle. It can really be anyone they like.
  • Now the important thing is to find out what it is about this person or character that makes your child admire them. Is it because this person is funny, kind, does magic tricks, reads stories to them, sings songs to them, bakes with them or is good fun to play with?
  • If it is a character in a film, TV or book, what is so special about them? What do they look like? Is it an animal or a super-hero? Do they have special powers or qualities?
  • Now record your child talking about their role model or you could ask your child to draw a picture of this person or character.

For children at P2/P3/P4

  • Explain to your child that their new teacher wants to find out as much as they can about them before the start of the new term. They would like to know, if your child could invite anyone they like to their next birthday party, who would they invite and why? It can be as many people/characters as they like.
  • Have some fun exploring all the possible invitations as your child could invite anyone at all. Encourage your child to use their imagination and to be creative. Would it be a film, TV or book character, a sportsman, an entertainer, a friend or family member?
  • Now spend some time talking to your child about the people or characters they have suggested, so you have a clear idea of why they would like them to be at their party. Is it because they are funny, sing, dance, tell jokes or play games?
  • Your child should now write all of the invitations and explain to each person, in a few words, why they would like them to come to their party. Your child can spend some time designing the invitation. They may want to have a themed party, and if so, this would help them to decide what the invitation should look like.
  • Your child can tell their teacher about their party, who they have invited and the party invitations during their first day back to school.

For children at P5/P6/P7

Ask your child to read and follow these instructions.

  • Your new teacher has said that the headteacher of your school is looking for ideas of people to invite to speak at whole-school assemblies. You have been asked to suggest a suitable person. If your suggestion is successful, you will have the privilege of introducing this person at an assembly.
  • Think carefully about the person you would like to choose to invite. Try to remember assemblies you have enjoyed in the past, when you had guest speakers you enjoyed. Your suggestion can be someone you admire because they are very talented, for example, a sports person or musician. It can be a local person who you respect because of the charity work they do, or a local sports personality who works with the community. It could be someone who attended your school in the past and has been successful in some way. Take some time to think carefully about someone who would capture the interest of the other children in your school.
  • Is there a particular issue for example, climate change that really interests you and your friends? Is there something special happening in your local area that someone could tell you more about, perhaps a new development of some kind? Is there someone in the area who knows a lot about local history?
  • Now either record a video of you explaining your proposal or write to the headteacher of your school with your suggestion. You must be very clear as to why you think this person would deliver an interesting assembly. Remember, you have also to introduce this person at the assembly so you will need to be well-prepared with good information from your research.