On joining reception, each child is allocated to one of our four houses: Dragon, Griffin, Phoenix or Unicorn
Each house has the same mix of ages and boys/girls and siblings are allocated to the same house team.
House captains are elected by all house members each autumn term. Candidates (from year 6) must deliver a speech to support their election.
Children compete for their houses on Sports Days.
House-points are awarded each day by staff to individual children demonstrating excellent behaviour or work.
Every week, House captains count the House-points from across the school and the winning House is announced in our weekly achievement assembly.
Our job is to meet on a regular basis and come up with new ideas to make our school a better place for learning and having fun.
We try to meet once every fortnight and we think of things to improve the school and then put our ideas and plans into action
Our virtual School Council classroom- complete with our school dog!
Pupil voice is very important to us at Pelham. The School Council consists of one child per class from Years 2-6. Year 1 visit meetings in pairs and School Councillors visit Early Years in special assemblies. Children are elected to be school councillors by their class and they represent the class for the full year.
The eight essential skills
The School Council chooses one, 'pupil voice focus' for each term and also selects the school charity for the year. The School Council is run through our digital platform of Google Classrooms, with a virtual classroom, videos and website links accessible to classes for their fortnightly Class Council Meetings. Meetings and activities link to our work in Skills Builder and Rights Respecting Schools. The Year 6 School Councillors are our Rights Respecting Champions, whilst Councillors in other year groups are each responsible for one of the eight essential skills for Skills Builder.
At Pelham the children in year 6 have the opportunity to be peer mediators. The purpose of peer mediation is to help children find appropriate ways to respond to problems with others, whilst in the playground. They take turns to assist younger children at playtime, ensuring that they have friends to play with, organising equipment and helping children resolve peer conflicts. Peer mediators do not "make decisions" but rather work towards a win-win resolution for both sides in order to avoid further conflict. This is hugely beneficial for the children, who learn to take responsibility for their behaviour, to be responsive to their peers, to improve their communication skills and to be fair and impartial.
Rights Respecting Schools
Pelham Primary School is a Rights Respecting School therefore we believe in the importance of children’s rights. The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is something that we are striving towards, because it offers a positive and preventative approach to addressing challenging behaviour, which encourages mutual respect and empowers children.
Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, this approach enables us to put children’s rights at the centre of everything that we do; to improve the wellbeing of the individual and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. In our school community, children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected and promoted. We believe this will help our pupils become confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and in the wider community and world in which they live.
We learn about rights by putting them into practise every day in school. We model rights and respect in all of our relationships, whether it be between adults and pupils, between pupils and between adults. Our class based charters will be developed to be our class rules.
As part of our RRSA journey we have a steering group, made up of staff, parents, governors and interested stakeholders. If you would like to join our steering group please get in touch with our school office. Please consider joining the steering group, as your views and support would be most welcome.