At Greensteds Junior School we regard ‘Assembly Time’ as a crucial part of our pastoral care and the holistic development of our students. We meet three times a week; on Monday as a whole school with the Senior School, on a Wednesday with Key Stage 1 and 2 separately and on a Friday with the whole Junior School together outdoors at the ‘Raising of the Flag’ assembly. All teachers in the Junior School are involved in running assemblies. In our assemblies we aim to:
* Boost self esteem through celebrating successes and achievements amongst our students;
* Focus attention on a particular theme such as a moral (hope, kindness, forgiveness) that is relevant to our students through telling a story or acting out a play which might include the students themselves;
* Provide opportunity for our students to reflect on the chosen theme in a quiet time which may then enable them to incorporate what they have learnt into their everyday lives;
* Foster a spirit of togetherness and community amongst all of our students and staff.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
Personal, social and health education deals with many real life issues our students at Greensteds Junior School face as they grow up. Our lessons provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and members of society. A typical lesson will involve a ‘circle time’ where the children sit in a circle and take turns to discuss an issue such as caring for the environment or bullying. A conclusion will be draw by either the students or the teacher on what has been learnt in the session and how we can implement these lessons into our real lives.
Our PSHE sessions also involve a visit to the school cafeteria where the students are able to spend some of their own budgeted money; promoting their independence, and sit down to listen to a story or further discuss the subject of the lesson; encouraging their social and communicating skills.
There are three break times during the school day. The first a short ten minute break from 9.30am to 9.40am between Literacy and Numeracy, the second a longer twenty minute break from 11.00am to 11.20am for a morning drink and snack, and the third for an hour from 12.55pm to 1.55pm for lunch.
During each of these breaks there is a Junior School teacher on duty monitoring the student’s behaviour, welfare and interaction with each other. We recognise that break times play a very important part in the development of the Junior School community and our student’s ability to cooperate with each other in a range of play activities. Our students are free to play in the adventure playground, entertain themselves with a range of sports on the field or simply relax in the peaceful shade of trees whilst reading a book.
At the beginning of the school year each class agrees on a set of ‘Golden Rules’ which are designed to positively reinforce appropriate behaviour in the classroom. Such rules typically include statements such as ‘Always show respect to other people’s property’, ‘Always put your hand up if you want to talk in class’ and ‘Always show kindness to all other students’.
During the week students are reminded of the rules and complimented on keeping to them. However, on the rare occasions that one or more of our students do break the Golden Rules then they are made aware of the offence and a period of time is taken off their Golden Time at the end of the week.
Golden Time is a period of approximately 30 minutes on a Friday in which the class is rewarded for their excellent behaviour during the week by enjoying a game, film or other activity. However, those who have broken Golden Rules during the week are punished by missing some or all of the fun activity. We have found this to be an excellent way of encouraging good behaviour amongst our students.