Behaviour/Reward Scheme

We have high expectations of behaviour, and our reward systems and sanctions are explained very clearly to all children. Our school values underpin how we manage behaviour.

We encourage children to take responsibility for their actions, learning to recognise that actions have consequences, and that if we make a mistake, we should try and put it right. Forgiveness is a key part of our school. When children have made a mistake, once they have had their sanction and made their apology, they have a fresh start. We encourage children to forgive each other when they hurt each other’s feelings. We recognise this is sometimes difficult and work with children to put themselves in each other’s shoes and mend friendships.

Our values 

Our six school values are compassion, creativity, forgiveness, friendship, thankfulness and excellence. Our assemblies and class Circle Times allow us opportunities to reflect on these values and how we conduct ourselves in school.

Rewards

Class treats

Towards the end of each half term, children who have shown consistently excellent behaviour are given a half day class treat or outing. Children earn this treat by being awarded enough “treat points”. Points are lost if children are given Time Outs or Red Time Outs, but can always be earned back. The total needed for participation in the treat depends on the length of the half term. Children always know how many they need to earn, and how to earn them. Recent treats have included making sushi at Wagamama, making dens, having a pyjama day in school, and a visit to the park.

Houses

All children are in one of four houses: Penzance, Princedale, Pottery and Portland. Children are given house points for displaying our values. A running total is kept in our Friday assembly; the winning house each year is rewarded with a special treat on the last day of the summer term. Last year this was learning archery and fencing; winning houses have also had a gospel singing workshop, a steelpan workshop, and a circus skills workshop.

Certificates

Each week, two children from each class are presented with certificates in assembly, for excellent learning or for displaying our values in an outstanding manner. They also receive 10 house points.

Top Table

Every week, children are chosen to bring a friend with them to sit on Top Table for lunch on Friday—a special table with a member of staff, with their lunch augmented with fruit juice, bread sticks and a platter of fruit. This is a reward for polite manners and excellent behaviour at lunchtime.

Cockleshells

Classes which line up quickly and quietly at the end of playtimes, and move quietly around the school, colour in part of the class cockleshell poster. The class with the most coloured parts at the end of the week receives extra playtime and a sticker on a chart in the hall. The class in each key stage with the most stickers at the end of half term wins the class cup. 

Class systems

Class teachers use their own in-class reward system. These are agreed with classes at the beginning of each year, and vary according to the age of the children.

Sanctions

Time Out

Children whose behaviour disturbs their own or others’ learning have Time Out in in another classroom. They are given an opportunity to reflect on what they could do better next time. Children who receive 3 or 6 Time Outs in a half term period have a lunchtime detention, and parents are informed. Treat points are lost when a Time Out is given.

Children have a fresh start at the beginning of each half term.

Red Time Out

Serious bad behaviour results in a Red Time Out. Red Time Outs are given for aggression, hurting another child deliberately, swearing, rudeness to an adult, racist or homophobic incidents, or involvement in bullying. Parents are always informed of Red Time Outs. If a child receives 3 Red Time Outs in a half term period, the child has a half day internal exclusion. If Red Time Outs are given for violent incidents, and a child receives 4 in a half term period, the child may be excluded for a fixed term period. 

Children have a fresh start at the beginning of each half term.

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