House Team System
We have recently introduced a House Points System at Heathlands Primary Academy and every child from Reception to Year 6 has been placed into one of four teams based on famous authors; Blyton (red), Dahl (yellow), Kinney (green) and Walliams (blue). Each child is placed in a House on entry to school and remains a member of this team throughout their time at the school. Siblings are NOT placed in the same House team. House Captains are elected from Year 6 pupils and Vice Captains from Year 5 pupils and they provide positive leadership to the children in their House and the various competitions and events organised throughout the year. On Sports Day the Houses compete against each other as teams and a cup is awarded to the winning House.
Teaching and non-teaching staff also belong to a House, with the exception of the Head teacher, and they encourage and support the children in positive team building through the House system.
This system aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement for the children. It fosters community spirit and gives the children an opportunity to contribute to something bigger, which involves children from all year groups. The older children are positive role models and take on a pastoral role for the younger children.
Houses and the House Captains
Each House is represented by their House Captain (from Year 6), and Vice House Captain (from Year 5). These representatives will be elected by their peers in their year groups. In September, at the beginning of the academic year, Year 6 and Year 5 children prepare speeches to explain why they would make good House Captains and KS2 pupils vote for their preferred candidate. The House Captains are responsible for leading their House in competitions and events, and representing the school in the community and a range of school events and activities. The responsibilities of the House Captains are:-
- to set an example to the other children
- to earn house points and encourage others to do so
- to represent the house when collecting awards
- to be somebody others can turn to for advice
Earning House Points
House Points can be awarded by all staff to children for a variety of reasons.
- Polite, well-mannered behaviour
- Demonstrating a caring attitude towards peers
- Working to the best of their ability
- Putting special effort into a piece of work
- Neatly presented work
- Positive attitude towards work
- Sporting achievement
- Taking part in competitions and events
- Helpful approaches to different situations