Rainbow groups

We have nine rainbow groups which meet on Friday afternoons. Each group comprises mixed age children from reception class through to year 6 and the teaching and learning during the session is led by a year 6 pupil. Year 6 pupils are selected through an application and interview process in the summer term prior to them taking up their post. Through rainbow groups we teach aspects including: cultural identity;  our values; equality and diversity. We also use the groups as a forum for when we want to ask children’s opinions on many aspects of school life, including bullying and safety issues. Alongside rainbow groups sessions we also offer PHSE based sessions led by staff as part of Friday afternoon activities.

The rainbow groups promote our nine values and our older children act as role models for the rest of the community.

  • aspiration
  • respect
  • confidence
  • creativity
  • perseverance
  • resilience
  • trust
  • curiosity
  • service above self

Our values are promoted through all our work in school: curriculum; assemblies; social times. Children are encouraged to promote the values in all their work and interactions with others.


Rainbow themes autumn term 2017

 2017 2018  Autumn 1: service above self (September and October 2017)
  The Smartest Giant in Town’ by Julia Donaldson

The giant gives away his new clothes to help his friends

Everyday acts of kindness

Wk 1 Getting to know you
Wk 2 What is service above self?

Read extract ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Act out a part of the story in small groups

Wk 3 Think about the people who have helped you in your life – what have they done for you?

On a bird cut-out write something that you pledge to do for someone and they can be displayed.

Wk 4 Emergency first aid session

What can we do in an emergency situation?

Wk 5 Think about the animals in your life. What do we do to help, support and protect them? Write some lists
Wk 6


Discuss charity work and the things that people do to fundraise. Give three options for a charity for school to fundraise (Christmas fair) *INSET Can this be done in class