Our School Rules to promote
positive Behaviour & Learning
Each class discuss their class rules at the beginning of the school 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
In Early Years Foundation Stage the children are introduced to our six Learning Power Pets who promote pro-social behaviour eg. Caring Caterpillar, Responsible Rabbit, Sensible Squirrel, Tough Tortoise, Wise Owl and Team Ant. Children are also reminded to use 'kind words and gentle hands' and are praised when they are noticed doing so.
In Key Stage One children are building their understanding of their learning skills, which include learning how to behave positively in a range of social and learning situations. This pro-social behaviour is promoted through our Building Learning Power Pets and we work on the premise of being:
- Caring, kind and gentle like Caring Caterpillar
- Responsible for our behaviour, our learning and looking after property like Responsible Rabbit
- Sensible during our learning time and sensible with each other during our play times like Sensible Squirrel
- Resilient and willing to try even when learning is tricky like Tough Tortoise
- Reflective and willing to take time to think things through, to think about our actions and the words we use so that everyone can learn and be happy at school like Wise Owl
- A team player and working together to help each other when learning and during our play like Team Ant.
We also use the phrases: 'kind words' and 'gentle hands' as positive reminders and during discussions when poor behaviour occurs.
In Key Stage Two children are praised for working hard, persevering, helping others and for working within our school rules and values; every time an individual is noticed they are praised. Building Learning Power vocabulary such as Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Reciprocity are understood and used by both adults and children to share positive learning and social successes.
We also use the motto 'You own your own behaviour' or 'YOYOB' as a positive reminder and in discussions when poor behaviour occurs. Children are held very much accountable for their behaviour towards others and their learning. They are actively encouraged to redeem themselves and every day is regarded as a new start.
Children's achievements and successes are celebrated in a special Celebration Assembly held every Friday, which is a special time for all children and staff to celebrate the positive and successful outcomes noted that week.
In Reception to Year 3 teachers write two 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 to share with their families and a leaf with their name on is put on the Prae Wood 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 these may also be reasons to give an certificate during Celebration Assembly.
In Year 4 - Year 6 the children design a Praise Postcard at the beginning of each term and every week the staff working in each class nominate someone to receive a praise postcard. These are written by the class teacher and posted home to be celebrated with their families. Every week children may also receive a 'special' praise postcard from Mrs Sheppard or Mrs Lockwood.
We Say No To Bullying, whether verbal, physical or cyber; 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.