Behaviour in School
In conjunction with the Downs View Infant School Behaviour Policy
Aims and Ethos
At Downs View our aim is to provide an environment in which our children feel secure and confident. Our goal is to embed the importance of working and living as part of a team, community or group where every child and adult matter. We aim to promote good behaviour, which in turn encourages children to become good citizens, role models and to be respected members of the community.
Our staff are fun, firm but fair and aim to be outstanding role models for our children. Studies by various educational theorists have shown that children learn through observing and mimicing others, so our teams aim is to embed a good foundation of learned behaviour and instill positivity throughout the setting. Albert Bandura an educational theorist, proved through research that children will mimic another individuals behaviour which can have a profound effect on their personality. As teachers, mentors and parents we can strive to encourage our children to be the best that they can be from an early age within a secure, safe and positive environment.
You can watch some of Albert Bandura’s research using this link:
Bandura Bobo Doll Experiment
Parents as Partners
The valuable partnership we have with parents at Downs View is crucial for our children to understand that we are working together towards the same goals. Every child needs to learn to use positive behaviour and working with parents can aid this at home and within school environments.Their support and co-operation is key to encourage our children to choose the best way to conduct themselves and the positive outcomes this can convey to us all. At the beginning of each academic year we discuss school and class rules with each family, and ask parents to discuss this further at home. Each child is given a slip to sign alongside their parents, acknowledging the behaviour expectations and returning this back to us at school.
All members of the Downs View School community have the
- Right to learn
- Right to teach
- Right to feel safe
- Right to be respected
We believe that our children should have the opportunity to work and learn without distraction, in absence of any physical threat or verbal intimidation. Therefore developing a strong sense of community and belonging where we all learn, love, respect and have fun!
Our community beliefs and aims are written in conjunction with the Government’s Single Equality Scheme.
Downs View’s Equality party meet every academic term to discuss equality at all levels within the school. Here is our Equality Policy.
Our Golden Rules
At the beginning of every academic year the children’s first team based activity is to discuss the school/class rules together. This gives the children the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of the rules, and from this they will frequently take part in activities based upon them. These are implemented by all school staff and are displayed throughout the school.
- Always listen to one another
- Always look after everything in school
- Always be kind and gentle
- Always keep the school tidy
- Always be helpful and polite
- Always work hard and try your best
Best Behaviour Around The School
Our Golden Rules are implemented in the following ways:
Around the school and corridors we encourage the children to
- Line up quietly and sensibly
- Keep hands and feet to themselves
- Be polite to others by letting them pass
- Keep the corridors tidy and respect each other’s property
In the Hall during PE, Assemblies and Dinner time we encourage the children to
- Line up quietly and sensibly
- Enter the Hall in a quiet and respectful manner
- Stand clear of any equipment around the outside of the Hall, unless instructed to use it
- Listen carefully
- Keep your hands and feet to yourselves
- Ask an adult permission before leaving the Hall
- Walk safely
- Remember to be polite and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
If a child’s behaviour is inappropriate and a member of staff is confident that the child understands the Golden Rules and can differentiate between right and wrong, it will be necessary for the adult to use sanctions.
When sanctions are necessary it is important they are:
- They help the child understand the consequences of inappropriate behaviour
- They are given to those that deserve them
- They do no humiliate the child
Sanctions that will be used:
- Time out within the classroom, in conjunction with the rainbow behaviour model or removal from a situation outside of the classroom
- The child to draw a picture or writing about the rule they have broken to give them time to reflect and develop their understanding of the consequence
- Punishment to rectify behaviour: e.g. dropping litter = picking up litter
- Withdrawal of privileges such as child initiated play or playtime
If the child persistently misbehaves or if the beahviour is serious e.g. stealing, bullying, causing serious harm to another individual a more severe sanction may be put into place.
These sanctions are:
- Time out for a sustained period of time with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher
- Speaking or writing to child’s parents
- Removal of privleges for a longer period of time
You can read the Downs View Infant School Behaviour Policy here.
Additonal Educational Needs
Children who persistently struggle to behave may develop a pattern of misbehaviour or possibly exhibit a lack of understanding appropriate to their age in relation to how to behave. Those children will be monitored carefully by staff and after close thorough observation, our concerns will be expressed to the child’s parent. Through liaising with the parents it maybe necessary to seek other involvement and advice from outside agencies, such as Behaviour Support. An appropriate behavior modification programme can be developed to support the child after this procedure has been completed, and can be used in conjunction with a similar progamme at home if required.
Additional Family Support
Within our school there are members of staff with valueable expertise who may be able to assist families with various situtations that may effect their child’s school life. Alongside our Headteacher and Deouty Headteacher, Our Family Liason Officer is available to discuss various parental concerns or issues. Our open door policy means there is ALWAYS someone to talk to and approach with concerns. If you feel you need to speak to a member of staff in confidence please feel free to call the office to make an appointment on 01233 632339
The Rainbow Model
Our classroom behaviour system has been implemented into each classroom setting to consistently monitor behaviour. The aims of the model are
- To recognise praise and reward good behaviour and to use sanctions for innapropriate behaviour
- For all adults to use a consistent approcah to deal with behaviour
Each class must display the following pictures with all the childrens names on the rainbow, which are moveable.
Every child begins on the rainbow every morning. Children are shown a green card to praise good behaviour and a yellow card for bad behaviour.
Green happy face cards – child moves name onto the rainbow sunshine and then onto the sun.
If the child goes on to the sunshine in one day for the:
- 1st time – child gets a sticker from the class teacher and returns to the rainbow
- 2nd time – child takes a green card to the year group leader and receives a certificate and a sticker, then returns to the rainbow.
- 3rd time – child takes green card to Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher and receives a certificate, gift and is also presented with a star badge in our celebration assembly every Friday.
Yellow sad face cards – child moves name on to the cloud and then back on to the sunshine
If a child goes on to the lightning cloud in one day for the:
- 1st time – child receives 5 minutes immediate time out then back on to the rainbow
- 2nd time – child takes a red card to the year group leader and has time out in that teachers classroom
- 3rd time – child takes red card to the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher and spends playtime in the Beach Hut on the playground, learning how to play appropriately.
For severe behaviour, the child must be sent to the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher immediately.
This behaviour model is a clear and concise way for the children to understand the outcome of their chosen behaviour. Best Behaviour is celebrated in many forms and promotes good positive role modelling for all children throughout the school.
Responsible People named in this booklet
Headteacher: Tracy Kent
Deputy Headteacher: Sarah Collins
Chair of Governors: Felicity Moore
Family Liaison Officer: Natasha Pithers
Downs View Infant School, Ball Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4PJ Tel: 01233 632339 Fax: 01233 62559
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