Behaviour Expectations (Year 1-6)

Staff will be teaching and re-iterating these expectations throughout the day. Staff will consistently reinforce well-executed rules through praise and encouragement.Posters and signs around the school will guide the children.Children will also design their own posters.

Children should make their best effort to do the following:

  • walk into school through the back gate independently, maintaining social distancing
  • meet the teacher and lead into the playground and line up on marked places
  • remain in their class with the same children and staff
  • not mix with other year group ‘bubbles’
  • remain in their class and designated area for break times
  • not go on or touch the climbing frames
  • maintain social distancing in the classrooms, on the stairs and along the corridors, when lining up in the classroom, hall or playground.
  • walk at all times inside the school building and when leading in/out from/to break times and P.E. sessions.
  • regularly wash their hands whilst singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice
  • dry their hands on one paper towel from the dispenser and then put it in the bin
  • wash their hands on entering the building, before eating, before and after exercise and break time, and after going to the toilet
  • go to the toilet on request and one at a time
  • use only the designated toilets
  • not touch each other or give each other a hug
  • try hard to not touch their mouth, eyes and nose
  • use their elbow or tissue to cough or sneeze and use bins for waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
  • tell an adult if they are feeling unwell
  • not share equipment unless specifically told to do so
  • only bring one bag containing a named water bottle to school, a packed lunch and book bag
  • not bring mobile phones to school
  • not touch the posts or wall bars in the hall
  • stand on the designated spots in the hall
  • not cough or spit at or towards another person (there will be zero tolerance of any such or similar action deemed by an adult who witnessed it to have been deliberate or reckless).

Children will be given at least one reminder and a (final) ‘verbal warning’ to remedy any unwanted behaviour before other sanctions are applied. As always, these warnings are privileges and not rights, and will not apply for any action deemed by the teacher to be overtly dangerous or obstructive in the pursuit of keeping others safe.

Sanctions

Sanctions may include the following, which will be applied appropriately depending on the behaviour or incident:

  • ‘Time out’ within the classroom
  • Child to write an explanation of the incident: What they did, What was wrong about it, Why the teacher’s reminders were not enough to correct it, and What they will do in the future.
  • Child to miss break time (possibly in combination with the previous sanction)
  • Parents to be called to discuss behaviour

Rationale

We know that many of the rules and expectations linked to social distancing will be very challenging for children to meet, particularly for younger children or children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and our overwhelming priority is to welcome children back to school, providing a safe and happy environment.

In general, we will expect children to make their best effort to follow these rules and, if reminded to correct behaviour, to do so promptly. If children are not able to follow the expectations (taking into account age and Special Educational Needs) and do not make what is deemed by the relevant staff member to be a clear and immediate effort to correct the behaviour, or if the same or similar behaviour persists continually,staff will send a message via instant messenger to a member of SLT (or call the school office). In this instance, a member of the senior leadership team will have a discussion with the parents of the children concerned.