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Our House System

Roger the Bear’s PAWS

 P=positive behaviour  A=academic achievement  W=working together S=sport       

Upon entry to our school, each child is allocated a House:

  • Canterbury (green)
  • Winchester (red)
  • Hertford (yellow)
  • Dover (blue)

                         Canterbury

                        Winchester

 

Hertford

      Dover

Within each House we try and ensure a balanced number of boys and girls. Our House system enables us to promote and reward positive behaviour whereby children can earn PAWS from Roger the Bear. The House system also enables smooth organisation of internal competitions such as Sports Day.

 

Roger’s PAWS

Children earn Roger’s PAWS to record their academic and non-academic achievements at our school. Children can be awarded 1,2 or even 3 PAWS for a variety of reasons. The system aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement as well as fostering a strong community spirit across the age range. The children collect PAWS throughout the year. Each level of PAW equates to points for the child’s House. At the end of each half-term, House points are counted and a winning House announced. Examples of what PAWS can be awarded for can be found on Appendix 1.

 

How will the rewards be recognised?

When a child has earned 1 PAW, they will be sent to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher with the work or reason. Their names will be put on the Headteacher’s Wow Wall. The Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will note their names and Houses and in the weekly celebration assembly on Friday announce their names. Those children will be invited for a sticker in front of the school, recognising their achievement. 1 point will be added to their House.

 

When a child has earned 2 PAWS, they will be sent to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher with the work or reason. Their names will be put on the Headteacher’s Wow Wall. The Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will note their names and Houses and in the weekly celebration assembly on Friday announce their names. Those children will be invited for a sticker and certificate in front of the school, recognising their achievement. 2 points will be added to their House.

 

When a child has earned 3 PAWS, the child’s class teacher must submit the work and reasons to the staff for discussion and verification at the weekly staff meeting. Subject to agreement, the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will note their names and Houses and in the weekly celebration assembly on Friday announce their names. These children will be provided with a certificate and rosette recognising their continued achievement. 3 points will be added to their House.

 

Rewards

A winning House is announced half-termly, although House points are totalled weekly before/during/after the celebration assembly. Rewards can range from:

  • Additional playtime
  • DVD or film afternoon
  • Trip to the local park
  • Extended ‘choosing’ in class or Key Stage.

On our House Cup, ribbons denoting the colour of the Winning House will be displayed at the end of each half-term. 

Examples for allocation of PAWS

 

1 PAW

(Isolated achievement)

2 PAWS

(Sustained achievement)

3 PAWS

(Special/exceptional achievement over time)

To be discussed at weekly staff meeting

POSTIVE BEHAVIOURS

Holding a door open

Adults other than the teacher identifying positive behaviours (out of class context)

 

Consistently demonstrating impeccable behaviour

Good manners

 

 

Sitting nicely

 

 

Setting a good example

 

 

Sharing

 

 

Helping others

 

 

Tidying up or picking up litter

 

 

Wearing the correct uniform and having the correct equipment

 

Organised and well dressed over a sustained period of time

 

 

Following instructions

 

 

 

 

Following the Golden Rules

 

 

Good home learning

Completing the required home learning to a high standard over a sustained period of time

Showing a good behaviour that they find difficult

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Answering a question or having a go

Perseverance to overcome difficult tasks

Over a sustained period of time, work that is above and beyond the usual expectations. Consistently meeting targets set

 

Completing a piece of work to a high standard

Meeting targets set for children over a period of time.

 

 

 

 

 

WORKING TOGETHER

Team work

Reaching out to other children when they are in need of a friend (without teacher guidance)

Examples where children have worked together to reach a common goal with an incredible outcome (sustained project)

Sharing without having to be asked

 

Consistently a team player with a positive outlook on others.

Helping a friend

 

 

SPORTS

Prepared for class by wearing the correct kit

Persevere with a skill over the course of the unit

Consistently demonstrating impeccable behaviour and good sports etiquette

Works well within the group

Show positive attitude in game situations

Help organise equipment/carry/set up for a lesson or clear away at the end

Show respect to others

Help others when asked to

Positive playtimes over a period of time

Follow instructions and practise

 

Listen attentively and answer questions

 

This list is not exhaustive and other examples will be awarded the relevant PAWS.