Living Arrows 2017 – 42/52

The half term holidays are edging closer, and I for one am ready for them.  The children are definitely ready for the break too.  You can see that they are both starting to get tired by the end of the week, and could really do with a week of not having to rush out the door every morning.

They’ve both settled into school really well so far this year though.

Nerys had one day a few weeks ago where she had a wobble and cried going into her class, but every other day she has given me a hug and a kiss at the door and then happily strolled in.

Rhys was really quite nervous about going into year 2, but so far he seems to be doing well.  I think the long break from school over the summer holidays did him a lot of good, and he seems much better able to cope with his big emotions and stay calm.

And on Friday he came out of school with a big smile on his face, hiding this little trophy behind his back.

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Throughout the week his teacher gives out what they call dojo points to the children.  They’re handed out for things like being determined, trying really hard, being quiet and ready to learn and generally being nice, helpful members of the class.

At the end of each week, the child with the most dojo points gets given this little trophy to take home for the weekend.  And last week must have been a good one for Rhys as he was the one clutching that trophy on Friday.

He was incredibly proud of himself, it was such a lovely way to end the school week.

I really quite like the concept behind these dojo points.  What I like best though is that Rhys’ teacher must be doing something right when she announces the winner each week because every other week up till now Rhys has been nothing but excited for the child who had the most points.

There has been no jealousy, no upset that he didn’t win.

Just pure excitement and happiness for the person who did win. 

And from chatting to the other parents, it seems that the other children in the class are the same way.  So I get the impression that, while there is a prize each week, the whole thing isn’t being presented as a competition.  It seems to be much more about encouraging everyone to try their best and, to celebrate those who try their hardest each week.

Does your child’s school use dojo points?  If they do, what do you think about them?


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  1. 16/10/2017 / 10:53 am

    He looks very happy and proud! Our school uses dojo points too and they are fab! Last year the children earnt dojos and could use them for rewards like spending a break time indoors doing something of their choice. Its brilliant to hear of them celebrating each other’s achievements, hats off to the school for creating that positive team atmosphere!

  2. 16/10/2017 / 7:10 pm

    Sounds like the way they do it works well. I’m finding things are getting fairer now they’re year 2. N has won player of the week at tennis twice in the last 3 weeks – last year he’d have been lucky to win it twice all year because others who were mucking around or taking up all the attention would get it and not necessarily the children who were listening and working hard. Well done Rhys

  3. 16/10/2017 / 9:29 pm

    Oh he looks so proud and that’s so lovely! Such great sentiment. Ours are so ready for half term too – SO tired!! x

  4. 16/10/2017 / 10:22 pm

    He really does look proud of himself. I am ready for half term, I think J isn’t though – she’s raring to go every day! #LivingArrows

  5. 22/10/2017 / 9:43 pm

    Awww how lovely, Monkey has dojo’s at school too but I don’t think we have a trophy. He looks so made up with himself xx

  6. 22/10/2017 / 10:37 pm

    This is a lovely picture, and a lovely story to go with it. We’ve got another week of school before half term but I think Toby is definitely ready for it. Toby gets dojo points too, and I really like that I can see them on the app too. I’m not quite sure what he has to do to get them though – two weeks ago he got loads then last week only 4, it seems a bit haphazard at the moment! #LivingArrows

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