Reviewing our Behaviour Pyramids

School Council Question: How well are the behaviour pyramids working in your class?

Context

Our behaviour policy was implemented across whole school, three years ago, when our current Year 3 children were in Reception to recognise, celebrate and reward positive behaviours alongside dealing with the negative behaviours that our children sometimes display.  Although it has proven to be successful and the children respond well to it, it is time for it to be reviewed and updated.  As Assistant Head, improving and monitoring behaviour across school is one of my responsibilities; I attended the school council meeting to gain the views of our children so that they are involved in updating our policy.

What works well?

  • The children like the behaviour poles/displays because they are bright and colourful.
  • They like moving up to the ‘pot of gold’ but don’t like moving down onto the rain-clouds which demonstrates the effectiveness of the system.
  • They like the rewards for reaching the ‘pot of gold’ but wish that they were more consistent across school.
  • They like how visual it is and adults can quickly see who is doing well.
  • They like knowing what they have to do to move up.
  • It makes them feel proud.
  • Our KS1 children enjoy standing up and having their names read out in assembly when they have reached the ‘pot of gold’ to celebrate their achievements.
  • They like our Special Mentions Certificates.
  • Their teachers are consistent and fair.

Even better if ?

  • Mrs Brown has implemented the use of ‘quiet critters’ into her Year 4 classroom and the children are keen for this to be used across school.
  • The children in Upper Key Stage 2 would prefer the use of a card system rather than the weather symbols as they feel that this is more age-appropriate.
  • Our KS2 children would like the names of the ‘pot of gold’ children to be read out in assembly too.
  • They would like the rewards for reaching the ‘pot of gold’ to be the same across school and would like to earn raffle tickets to win prizes.
  • They would like to go and see SLT 3 more for the things that they’ve done well.

Next steps:

I met with our senior leadership team after the school council meeting to share the children’s views and make decisions about updating our policy.  The improvements and guidance will be shared with our teaching staff on Wednesday 15th February 2017 to be implemented across school after February half term.  The updated policy will then be shared with non-teaching staff including our midday assistants next half term.

Mrs McIntosh

Assistant Head

Writing and what our children said

Context

In light of the new moderation guidance and the subject of ‘independence’ for the assessment of writing, we want to review the way we plan and teach writing and gather children’s opinions as well as those of staff.
Question

What do children like and dislike about writing?

What the Oaky VOICE said;
Summary of WWW (What works well)

  • Lots of positive comments around children being supported during writing by teachers, marking, example pieces (models) and prompts provided in the classroom environment
  • Several classes mention they enjoy handwriting but a few groups of boys say joining is something they don’t really like.
  • Children enjoy learning and using new vocabulary; using magpie books,
  • Some classes said that they liked ‘fix it time’ or ‘purple pen’ to put things right.
  • Children see the benefit of spelling lessons
  • Girls and boys listed subjects they like writing about.

Summary of EBI (Even Better If)

  • The main thing that stood out to me was that children want more time to write
  • They would like more opportunities to write ‘free style’ some suggestions;
    *their own stories,
    *using their imaginations,
    *making their own books
    *writing songs
    *writing about a topic of their choosing (lots of classes listed subjects that they were interested in)
    *books that are on TV/have been made into films.
    *their lives
  • Children would like to be able to write in different types of pen to find one that suits them and to write in different colours.
  • A couple of classes said more handwriting lessons

One suggestion was to have an English journal, like we do for maths.

What we did;
We held a staff meeting about writing where we shared all of these thoughts and opinions with the teachers. We all agreed that we would;

  • Give children longer periods of time in lessons to write
  • Make sure there are more opportunities for children to have some choice about what they are writing
  • If children have a favourite pen, they can bring this to school to write with as long as it is blue for English lessons. We will also order some different types of pen eg, biros, gel pens, pens with grips.
  • We will ask children for suggestions of what they would like to write about within our English units of work and about the texts we use

Miss Jago

Assistant Head with responsibility for English