Behaviour Tree & School Rules
Each class makes up class rules at the beginning of the year which everyone agrees will assist learning and facilitate a happy classroom environment. These are displayed in each classroom and work on a positive behaviour ethos. In addition, there are school rules and values which everyone works to:
- We look after property
- We are gentle
- We tell the truth
- We are kind and thoughtful
- We listen to people and show respect
- We are ready to learn
We have a behaviour tree displayed in each of our classrooms. In the younger classes each child has their own name on a leaf which is placed at the centre of the tree every morning. This leaf is then moved up or down the tree according to the behaviour displayed by each individual. In Foundation Stage stickers are given at the end of each day to every child who has succeeded in moving their leaf onto the tree. In Key Stages One and two, children are praised for working hard, persevering, helping others and for working within our school rules and values; every time an individual is praised, their leaf is moved up a section of the tree, with the reward growing each time. Similarly, poor behaviour results in a child's leaf being moved down the tree trunk and a sanction being imposed. Children are actively encouraged to redeem themselves and a child's leaf can then be moved up the tree. Everyone's leaf returns to the middle of the tree each day and every day is regarded as a new start.
There is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour and respect for others which we hope parents will encourage and support. In Key Stage Two, children and teachers use the acronym 'YOYOB', meaning You Own Your Own Behaviour, and pupils are held very much accountable for their behaviour towards others and their learning.
Children's achievements are celebrated in a special Celebration Assembly held every Friday, which they find very motivating. Teachers write two or three names each week into the Golden Book, and their names (and a brief description of their achievement) are read out during assembly. Children receive a certificate to take home and a leaf to put on the Achievement Tree Display in the front entrance to the school. Rewards in class also include stickers, praise and the opportunity to share their work with other staff and pupils. Considerate behaviour is also noted at break and lunch times by staff on duty and special Lunch Time Certificates are also given out during Celebration Assembly.
We Say No To Bullying, whether verbal or physical; it has no place in our school. We ask for all parents and pupils to help us by reporting immediately any incidents so that we can deal firmly and fairly with any problems, involving parents if appropriate.