These three principles guide the behaviour policy:
Green, Amber and Red – Traffic Light System
At Forest Fields we believe that it’s important for children to take responsibility for their conduct and behaviour when they are inside the classroom, outside during break or on any school visit, be it a local trip to the Forest Rec, a day visit or an overnight residential. Through our PHSE curriculum, we aim to teach and equip the children with the necessary skills so that they can make informed choices regarding how they should conduct themselves in a variety of situations and environments.
Throughout KS1 and KS2 we have a Green, Amber and Red system (GAR). This is also referred to as the ‘Traffic Light’ system.Each and every day, the children all start in the green zone, with the objective being to end the day still on green. If during the day, the conduct of the child is deemed to be inappropriate, they will be given a warning by the member of staff responsible for them. If there is no change in behaviour, their name will be moved into the amber zone. If after other warnings the behaviour is still inappropriate, the child’s name will be moved into the red zone.
A child has a reminder of the behaviour expectations through a short verbal or a non-verbal signal regarding their behaviour before they are moved on the GAR system. If children end a session on red or amber they will be spoken to by the adult who moved them there, and receive a few minutes time out (5 minutes) to meet with an adult on the playground at break time or lunch time in order to discuss the behaviour and how best to move back on to green as soon as possible before the end of the day. If an incident occurs at the end of the day, it is recognised and dealt with the following day but the child will commence the next day on green.
Every class has a ‘100 square’ display so that a point can be awarded to the whole class by any adult in the room or from around the school. Points are for when children show exceptional work, acts of kindness or good manners as a group or individuals, in addition to the three core rules.
If an individual stands out for their good work or behaviour, a star is awarded. These stars are collected on children’s individual Superstar account card in groups of 10. Children are shown rewards they can save to collect for good behaviour in the Superstar shop at the beginning of the term (the school council are involved in selecting prizes from a list shared, and prizes are added through the year). Children collect the stars on their ten frame and can exchange a group of 10 stars for a reward at the end of half term. Alternatively, a child can choose to save their stars for a higher reward later on. Children have individual ten frames that contain a group of 10 places to stick their stars and is stored in their pencil cases. When they have reached 10, they can take this to their class teacher who then signs off a group of 10 on their Superstar account card. A child can take a completed and signed ten frame of stars home to show parents their achievement. A class collection of Supertsar account cards are supervised by the class teacher electronically or on paper.
Whole School Reward
Each Friday, there is an allotted slot at the end of the day called ‘Golden Time’. It is the school expectation that all children deserve and should get their ‘Golden Time’ each week. The children who ended each day in the green zone, will be given their full golden time, which is approximately 20 minutes. However, if a child had ended a day on yellow, this would result in some time being deducted from their 20 minutes. Ending the day on yellow results in a 2 minute deduction. So for example, if a child had finished Monday and Tuesday on yellow, but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on green, their total ‘Golden Time’ would be 20 – 4 = 16 minutes. Finishing the day on red, means that 5 minutes would be deducted.