Draft Behaviour Policy Aug 2017

16th August 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Golden Time has been the main focus of our positive behaviour policy over recent years, however we have observed that Golden Time has not been used effectively; some pupils do not enjoy the activities, pupils who this was originally aimed at were not engaging with the programme and were consistently losing Golden Time and it was not seen by pupils as an effective way of rewarding good behaviour. As from the start of this term Golden Time will no longer form part of our positive behaviour policy.

This obviously impacts on our positive behaviour policy so we are drawing your attention to our new policy, we will be discussing it with all our pupils as from Wednesday 16th August.

Our school is a calm, productive learning environment where behaviour issues tend to be minor and low level. On occasion consequences are required for instances of inappropriate behaviour. A simple traffic light system of warnings and sanctions will be used to help children make positive choices; turn situations around and understand that poor choices result in consequences.

‘Good to be Green’ is the cornerstone to our new positive behaviour programme and policy that we are trialling this session between August – October 2017. This will apply to all areas of our school including classrooms, playgrounds, dining rooms and on educational trips or when representing the school.

This is a whole school approach that is focusing on rewarding good behaviour to create an environment conducive to developing social skills, an enjoyable place to learn and where pupils feel they all belong.

We will continue to recognise and reward good behaviour choices and celebrate the success of our pupils. This will included ‘Star of the Week’, Marvellous Movers, Made it On Time Awards, certificates and awards both at Assemblies and in each classroom. There will also be opportunities for class teachers to discuss with their class other rewards on a half-term or termly basis.

As a school we recognise the value of play and the opportunities for socialisation and independent learning that it provides. This will continue to be an important part of our curriculum through structured play activities in classroom and outdoor learning.

As parents and carers you are a vital part in the success of our school, through your support of our positive behaviour programme. We will contact you via letter if you son/daughter has been involved in inappropriate behaviour and will require you to sign a return slip to indicate you are aware and that you have spoken to your child.

This behaviour policy and programme will not work without everyone’s support. Together we can create a safe and respectful environment for pupils to learn and enjoy school life.

We are being very clear with our new policy that pupils misbehaving in the classroom and stopping other pupils’ learning will not be tolerated. We will work with all pupils at the start of term to ensure they are aware of the new programme, however, we will be meeting with parents and pupils if this becomes a regular occurrence.

More importantly though, we know that our pupils are well behaved and motivated by positive comments and we will be ensuring that you are aware of how well each pupil is doing with positive telephone calls, notes home and recognition on our various social media sites.

The draft policy and programme is available to read on our school website (below) and via a link we sent by twitter. Please call into either school office if you would like a paper copy.

We will be contacting you for feedback in October but in the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Click here to view:  DPS Draft Behaviour Policy

Summer Reading

Beat the ‘Summer Slide’ and aim to complete a bingo card over the next six weeks!  You will see some examples below, however a quick search online will show you lots more:


If you’re looking for some book recommendations for older pupils, our P7s created a list at the start of the year:

Accelerated Reader Millionaire Club

Wow!  We have 77 A.R millionaires this year!  They all met with Miss Eeles to celebrate their success and talk about their favourite book this year.  We all came away with some great recommendations for over the summer!

Being an A.R millionaire is a huge achievement and they should all feel very proud of their effort this year.  Some of the older pupils have reached TWO, THREE and even FOUR million words!!


Mathletics – Gold Achievement

Mathletics – Gold Certificates 2016 – 2017

In 2015 – 2016 we had 44 children achieving a Gold Mathletics certificate and this year we have 51!

They all gathered together to celebrate their success and talk about what they’ve enjoyed learning in maths this year.  The top three answers:

  1. Fractions
  2. Multiplication
  3. Area

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve a Gold certificate in Mathletics.  Well done!


Cheerleading Transition Session

The following post comes from: http://www.activeeastlothian.co.uk/news/cheerleading-transition-is-a-roaring-success-1879

In term 3 Active Schools worked with Miss Stalker from Dunbar Grammar School (DGS) to deliver children to the Dunbar Cluster Schools. Miss Stalker takes the DGS Cheerleading squad and wanted to give children in P7 in the cluster an introduction to cheerleading.

For 4 weeks during curriculum time Miss Stalker delivered cheerleading to 200 pupils at Dunbar Primary, Innerwick Primary and West Barns Primary. Miss Stalker then straight after school ran a cheerleading club for P6-P7 children in the cluster. The club attracted 12 girls aged between P6-P7 and through the club coaching by Miss Stalker the girls learned routines and performed Stunt Cheerleading. The club performed in front of 600 pupils at Dunbar Primary School. The girls were outstanding with only 4 weeks practice under their belt.

Through Active Schools and Miss Stalker working we have enabled children to experience cheerleading and start a pathway for them to participate in a sport. This also links up the Primary and Secondary Schools through new partnerships working. One of the big advantages now is when the children go up to DGS they will recognise a familiar face in the staff at the school. This will help the children settle in to grammar school life quicker because they will feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Children who have participated in cheerleading at primary will be able to continue on with the sport because of the strong club they have at DGS.

Quote from Miss Stalker “I have enjoyed working with all of the P7 pupils. It is fantastic to see both boys and girls interested in learning about a sport in which I am passionate about. They all picked up Cheerleading very quickly and I am so impressed with the level of dedication and effort from every one of the pupils I have worked with. I hope to see this enthusiasm continue when they come up to Dunbar Grammar School.”

Active Schools and the Dunbar Cluster schools would like to thank Miss Stalker for her hard work and dedication on delivering such a fantastic opportunity for the P7 children within the cluster. This will continue as a strong transition event for years to come and we can’t wait to see it go from strength to strength.

If you would like to see all the pictures from the transition click on the link www.facebook.com/ActiveSchoolsDunbar