Positive Behaviour at our School
We expect all children to behave well, respecting themselves, their peers and the school. We teach children how to live and breath our school values. We use positive encouragement to help teach our children how to make sensible choices.
Rewarding good choices
Children earn Dojo points. Each child has a Dojo character and points are rewarded throughout the day to everyone for making good choices. The collective total of Dojos earned by the class is linked to Special Time. Dojo’s are refreshed each week. Children who earn the highest number of Dojo points will have a special notelet sent home to recognise this effort. Children also work as a ‘House’ (vertical grouping across the whole school) to earn Dojo Points. House Captains collect the number of Dojo Points earned each week. At the end of term the house with the highest number of Dojo points earns a house treat.
Special Time is 2.15pm to 3pm every Friday afternoon. Activities on offer to children during Special Time include Forest School, looking after the chickens and cooking. This is in addition to activities in the classroom such as board games, art and craft. All children will have an opportunity to choose from this wide variety of activities across the year.
There will be certificates and rewards for good work, super star learning and being a good role model. Class teachers will also send home messages via Class Dojo to celebrate good work. One child each week will have a special postcard sent home for exemplary work or behaviour. Parents will be able to see photos of our super stars on Class Dojo School
Story and these children’s efforts and achievements will be celebrated in Friday’s assembly.
Consequences for wrong choices
We strive to ensure that boundaries for unacceptable behaviour are clear to all children. We want to encourage children to make good choices and reflect on wrong choices so they can become responsible for their own behaviour. Strong teacher-child relationships are key to helping children learn how to reflect on their behaviour and therefore we use a range of strategies to support children’s emotional well-being alongside every stage in our consequences system.
1. Verbal Warning – No record is kept. This is an opportunity for children to stop and think about their behaviour choices and to make better choices straight away. At this point a teacher may ask a child to move to a different place in the class to help them to concentrate on their choices better.
2. ‘Make a choice’ – If a child receives a ‘Make the choice’ warning then this is recorded in the class behaviour log. This is a more formal reminder about the child’s responsibility to make a better choice.
3. ‘Time out’ in Class – The child will be asked to move to a work space in their own class and a record will be kept in the class behaviour log. This is now more serious and so the class teacher or a TA will talk to the child about the choices they are making and how they can turn their behaviour around.
4. ‘Partner Class’ – The child will be sent to another class to complete their learning for 15 minutes. As this is quite serious the class teacher will phone home to inform parents that their child has been sent to partner class. In some instances a member of SLT will phone home to discuss the child’s behaviour.
5. Partner Class twice in a week – If a child has two partner classes in one week they will receive a lunchtime detention. Parents will be informed by the class teacher. A member of SLT will supervise the lunchtime detention. At this point, we encourage parents to make an appointment with a member of SLT to discuss ways to support their child to take better responsibility for their behaviour.
A small number of children at Shoscombe have additional needs and therefore we will adapt this behaviour system for these individuals. However, these children will follow the same consequences as all other children.