Our School Dog
Coco is Smithy Street’s learning dog. She is a five year old Labradoodle, a hypo-allergenic breed. She attends school on Mondays through until Thursdays.
Coco is involved with pupils learning by supporting reading with children greatly enjoying reading to her. Coco is also the focus on some units of work in school, for example Year Two recently investigated whether Coco would be more suited to living in a rainforest or urban environment. Younger pupils regularly write to Coco.
Her main role however is in emotional and behavioural support. Children find her presence can aid them to resolve and rationalise problems they may be experiencing and for pupils going through a difficult time in their lives time spent with Coco can often help them bring back a smile and see things in a more positive light. Coco often pays a role in playground dispute resolutions with pupils using time with her to calm down and then reflect on ways forward.
Read what do the children think about having Coco in school:
"I like playing with Coco because she is fun to play with. Coco makes you feel better when you are upset about anything." Teguen: Year 4
"It is good to take Coco for a walk as you can run with her and she likes to have a treat afterwards. Coco seems to know if you are upset and will come and let you stroke her and that makes you feel better" Thalia: Year 4