Colin The Crocodile

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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Literacy, Parent Information | Posted on 01-09-2013

Great excitement at story time when the children were introduced to Colin the Crocodile!

Colin is our class croc and he LOVES books. He also likes to go for sleepovers!

Every Friday, we choose someone new to take Colin home for a week. They must make sure that they read him lots of books, otherwise he might take a snap at toes! (He particularly likes to help with keywords games and reading homework!) He comes with his own reading bag and diary to record his adventures. When your child brings Colin back to school the following Friday, she/he should bring a favourite book that has been shared at home for the class to enjoy together. Please make sure all books are named. They will be returned in schoolbags the same day.

I hope you enjoy having Colin the Crocodile to stay with you when the time comes! Meanwhile, you might like to watch this crocodile story together….

 

Golden Behaviour

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Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Health and Wellbeing, Parent Information, Religious and Moral Education | Posted on 01-09-2013

On Friday morning, we spoke about our classroom rules, known as “The Golden Rules.”

In our classroom, we work very hard to follow these rules at all times. As a reward for this, we have “Golden Time” Fridays. At Golden Time, the children can choose where they want to play and who they want to play with. From time to time, there are also special Golden Time treats – sharing Golden Time with Buddies, playing on the trim trail, making things…..

Everyone starts with their name on the golden sunshine.

However, if someone chooses to break a Golden Rule, there are consequences.

  • The child will be given a verbal warning, explaining which Golden Rule has been broken and what they should do to follow the rule properly.
  • If a rule is broken again the child will be shown a yellow card, which is a more formal warning. Again, an explanation of which rule has been broken will be given.
  • If a rule continues to be broken, a red card will be shown and the child’s name will be moved onto the Grumpy Cloud. The consequence of a red card is losing 5 minutes Golden Time on Friday. In this instance, the child will be asked to watch the 5 minute sand timer and encouraged to think about their choice of behaviour while the rest of the children engage in Golden Time Activities.

All warning cards that have been issued are recorded by me. This is helpful to see patterns of behaviour and possible ways to support children in following the Golden Rules.

For the most part, very few children are given red cards! However, I will let parents know immediately if behaviour becomes a concern – this is not something we want to spend time dealing with at Parents’ Night, 2 months after the event.

I have used this behaviour management system very successfully for the last few years. Please be assured that the children are given as much support and encouragement as possible to help them follow the Golden Rules and reap the rewards at Golden Time – it is essentially a very positive approach. I think there’s something morally right in recognising that children have made the correct choices, and that they receive affirmation for this.

Please take time to read and discuss the Behaviour Agreement that was sent home in schoolbags, then return to school.

If you have any questions about our Golden Rules or Golden Time, please get in touch.