Celebration Assembly is the children's favourite assembly as they wait to see who has earned a certificate that week for showing good learning behaviours or excellent work. The children come out to the front to receive their certificate and occasionally show their work, whilst being applauded by the other children. It is always a pleasure to celebrate their achievements, however small, and it is the highlight of my week (Interim Headteacher).
Climbing the Tree to a Better Me
Following a successful pilot last year in Year R, we are now rolling this initiative out to the whole school. Each child has their own tree on which they collect stars towards a number of different behaviours and experiences on different rungs of the ladder. These are also linked to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning as well as the rights, respect and responsibilities agenda and e-safety. Once a child has collected three stars on one rung of their ladder we will celebrate their success in assembly and their name may be added to their class tree.
If an adult notices a child sitting well in assembly and being a good role model to others their name can be entered into the 'Gold Book'. They are then presented with a certificate celebrating their behaviour in a subsequent assembly.
We have a session of Active Dance in Years 1 and 2 every afternoon where we learn dance routines to pop music. This is part of our PE entitlement and it helps to keep us fit and active. Sometimes we are given 'Congratulations' certificates when we take part sensibly and do all the movements with energy and enthusiasm!
Children in Year R can earn a 'wow' from any adult for learning to do something they couldn't do before that has really 'wowed' the adult. The children are told that not everyone can do the same things so although some children may think a 'wow' has been earned easily e.g. for writing their name, it is explained that we all find different things easy and hard.
Wow Stars at home: This follows the same guidelines - to reinforce the home-school link and to allow parents to contribute to their child's learning journey. A big 'wow' star is sent home once every half term for parents to award a 'wow' to their own child for something that has been done well or for the first time. These are then shared with the class and celebrated through a special achievement circle time.
If any adult in school is really pleased with our work we are sent to the Headteacher to show our work or tell them what we have been doing. We are usually rewarded with a Special Headteacher's Sticker! Children regularly receive these stickers for good news such as being asked to speak in assembly, writing thank you letters on behalf of the school, better concentration in class, knowing clever facts, improving behaviour effort, resilience and so on. There is a 'Headteacher's Sticker Book' in the reception area which shows all the work that has been awarded a special sticker this year.