OUR HOUSE SYSTEM
As well as being a member of their school class, children from Reception to Year 6 are also divided into teams called ‘houses’.
Each house includes pupils from every year group and each house has two House Captain’s who go through a rigorous selection process to achieve their role.
Barlow Hall’s Houses are named after famous historical figures who each have a link to Manchester, although they may not have been born here.
Members of each house can be identified by the colour of their clothing during house activites and tournaments.
Each pupil is allocated to a house when they move into Reception Class, or when they join the school if they join us after their Reception year.
Pupils earn house points for lots of different reasons (see list below).
Houses also compete with one another, often at sports and in other ways, providing a focus for teamwork and group loyalty.
House points are awarded according to the school’s reward system.
At the end of each term the house points are counted and the winner is announced in assembly.
WHY DO WE HAVE A HOUSE POINT SYSTEM?
At Barlow Hall we have a house point system to encourage healthy competition and group loyalty among our children.
The children are able to ‘win’ points in many different ways including:
- Outstanding learning
- Making fabulous progress
- Improving in an area of work or behaviour
- Good behaviour choices
- Always being ‘Good to be Green’
- Being polite
- Reflecting Christian Values
- Helping others
- Reflecting the school rules.
This is by no means an exhaustive list.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HOUSE POINT SYSTEM?
Using house point systems has been shown to have a positive impact on motivation and behaviour, as well as encouraging a sense of identity and belonging among school pupils.
Such systems include all pupils, not just the highest achievers, and help develop a variety of skills other than academic.
A sense of teamwork and healthy competition is nurtured, which contributes to a thriving school culture.
Traditional house point systems help pupils become more engaged in their own education, while raising standards.
BARLOW HALL’S HOUSE POINT SYSTEM
All the pupils at Barlow Hall Primary School are assigned to a house upon starting in Reception Class.l. Family and sibling groups are members of the same house so that they can share in special events together. Over the course of the year the children take part in a variety of events and activity days in their houses such as; Sports Day, Inter-sports challenges and our Easter Eggstravaganza.. Throughout the week, children earn ‘House Points’ with the child who earns the most points for the week receiving a special mention in our weekly Celebration Assembly.
Manchester’s rich and varied history has inspired the names of houses. We have four houses;