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Gem Powers
We have introduced Gem Powers to Westbury Infant School. This is a way of encouraging children to develop positive behaviours that will support their learning. 

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Diamond – Being responsible

  • tried to solve his/her own problem rather than relying on an adult
  • used their learning ‘toolkit’ (different strategies they have been taught) to identify what they needed to do when they were stuck
  • used their talk partners/teachers to ask good questions to help move their learning on
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Emerald – Being courageous and sticking with it even when it gets tough 

  • brave enough to ‘have a go’ with their learning even though they know they might make a mistake
  • comfortable to make mistakes as they know these help them to learn
  • learn from their mistake and ‘bounce back’, they stick with it
  • remain calm even though they have been upset or angry
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Sapphire – Keeping focus 

  • keeps on task even though there are lots of distractions 
  • keeps listening to others (teacher and others in the class) even when there are distractions
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Ruby – Supporting others 

  • gives support to others by listening to them and smiling at them
  • praises others when they do well
  • helps others when they have a problem
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Topaz – Collaboration, learning in a big group 

  • shared at least one idea with the whole group 
  • taken turns to share ideas 
  • asked different questions in their group to make sure that they have known that their idea is in everyone’s heads
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Amethyst – Cooperation, learning with a partner 

  • shared ideas with their partner, talking and listening skills 
  • take in turns to listen and then share what they thought 
  • added a new idea to their old ones
Purple Learner

We believe it is important for children to understand what it is to be a successful learner. Children who demonstrate such qualities in every day learning are called 'Purple learners'  We reward life long learning skills with purple stickers and purple postcards home.  Pupils of WIS understand that being a purple learner demonstrates outstanding behaviour for learning.

So what is a Purple Learner?

To be a successful purple learner WIS pupils

  • Know and understand what they are learning
  • Know why they are learning
  • Are involved in reviewing and improving their learning
  • Ask questions and know what I could learn next
  • Feel safe and understand that we learn from making mistakes
  • Challenge our own learning
  • Avoid giving up
  • Enjoy learning!


Positive Behaviour

Image result for good to be greenAt Westbury Infant School we use a traffic light system for behaviour.  This means the children all start the day off with a green card, if they cause low level disruption during the school day they will be issued with a yellow warning card, if this behaviour continues or escalates they will be issued with a red card, they will be sent to a member of the senior leadership team and their parents will be informed at the end of the school day.  It is important to remember the children always start a new day on a green card.  Our teachers use positive behaviour awards throughout the day such as stickers and certificates, at the end of the week the class with the least number of yellow and red cards win the behaviour cup which is awarded during assembly.