Rewards and Sanctions


At Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School, we pride ourselves that behaviour is ‘Good’ (Ofsted 2013). We use our behaviour policy to ensure that children are fully involved with their knowledge of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour through the whole school.


Key Stage Systems:

Each key stage has a system for giving children chance to change their thinking and change their behaviour with a ‘peg warning system’. This is something that we feel allows children time to reflect on their behaviour and give them the chance to make the right choice.


Whole School Rewards:

 From Reception to Year 6 the children are rewarded with golden coins, which they put into their team colour tube. These are awarded for fantastic work, effort, good manners, following the 5 golden rules, being a good friend, etc. Stickers are also awarded to children for their achievements within the classroom and around school. Classes count up the totals and submit them to our monitors. Each class’s totals are then added up as a whole school, with the colour with the most coins winning 4 points, second place 3 points, third place 2 points and fourth place 1 point. The winning team each week gets to decide their golden time activity first. This is in line with the whole school behaviour policy. Each week the totals are built on and at the end of the year the winning colour will receive a long playtime with a visit from the ice-cream van! 


Golden Time:

Each child is given 30 minutes Golden Time, this is their allowance at the start of the week. If they behave well over the week they receive their 30 minutes on the Friday afternoon. If they choose not to behave as we expect, they then choose as a consequence to lose some of their Golden Time. Each class has a Golden Time tracker for children and adults to track behaviour. We have put strategies in place to help children focus on good behaviour and support them in working to keep their Golden Time. In school we have many things in place to secure this high expectation and have structured strategies to help pupils consider the effect that their behaviour has on those around them, on their team.


Key Stage Sanctions:


Each child has their own peg, which start on the cloud each day. The children can move their peg forward for positive behaviour. They move onto the rainbow and then onto the pot of gold. If they do this, they receive a gold coin for their team tube. At the end of the week, the team with the most golden coins receives a dip in the tin. However, children can also move their peg backwards due to negative behaviour. An oral warning is given first. If the negative behaviour is repeated, individuals move their peg onto the toadstool. If it persists, they move onto the crying toadstool. If they land on the crying toadstool, they then lose 1 minute from their golden time.


Y3/ Y4:

In Years 3 and 4 each class has a rocket so that the children can ‘Reach for the Stars’.They all start in the middle on green and can move up for good behaviour, but also down as a sanction for negative behaviour. If a child moves their peg down twice they lose 2 minutes of golden time; however they can earn the time back if they improve their behaviour during the remainder of the school day.



In Year 5 and 6, each class has a guitar for ‘Rocking behaviour’. They all start in the middle on green but can move up for good behaviour and work, but also down as a consequence to negative behaviour.  If they move down twice to red then they lose 2 minutes of their enrichment time. If they move up twice to reach the top, then they receive a raffle ticket and a gold coin for their effort. At the end of the week a raffle ticket in each class is drawn. The children with the winning number receive a prize.


Loss of Golden Time:

  • If your child loses more than 6 minutes Golden Time you will receive one of these red cards detailing the amount of golden time lost. Your child will be on ‘Report card’ the following week, allowing the class teacher to detail your child’s behaviour each day. The card will come home on a daily basis, but MUST be returned on a daily basis. The aim of this is to allow the class teacher to communicate with you and focus your child on their behaviour. Please support us in talking about the consequences of their behaviour and agree that the behaviour demonstrated is not acceptable.
  • If your child receives 3 red cards you will be required to meet with the class teacher to discuss your child’s repetitive misbehaviour.
  • If your child receives 6 red cards in a term you will be required to meet with the headteacher.
  • If your child receives 8 red cards a fixed term exclusion of 1 day will be put in place, to reinforce that repetitive misbehaviour will not be tolerated, in line with government guidelines.
  • Fixed exclusions may also be issued for extreme breaches of the schools behaviour policy, as agreed by governors following national DfE guidance.Please see our full behaviour policy for further details.