The Pioneer Way

Welcome!  ‘The Pioneer Way’ is a phrase that is used regularly in our school; three simple words that captures the ethos that we actively promote and we encourage all members of our community to recognise the sense of purpose and belonging ‘The Pioneer Way’ brings.  This guide aims to provide clear information regarding the rationale of our procedures and reassure you that your children are safe, happy and ready to learn every day.  

Head of School

At the beginning of each school year we have Pioneer Week when we revisit 6 key themes through a variety of activities then survey all pupils (Year 1-3).  This year's results showed:

94% of pupils knew who they could talk to if they were physically hurt or emotionally upset.

97% of year 3 children understand our conflict resolution strategy, they know how to use it to record a dispute and recognised it as fair and just.  We are working towards making this 100%!

We are proud that our pupils are embracing life-long social skills at such a young age; we know along with their capacity to read, write and understand numbers, this is a key factor that contributes to their optimistic aspirations and long term happiness for life.

1. We are Pioneers              

Anderson Barnardo Cook Dickens

We explore the legacy these inspirational people have given our nation, click here to view. All pupils are allocated to a House. This provides a sense of belonging and team spirit.  House Points are awarded in class along side Learning Rewards (pupils achieving Going for Gold award, Lunchtime Award, exhibiting our Core Values or Great Learning Behaviours see them here.  Our House Captains are voted for by their peers and interviewed to achieve their position.  They count the House Points each week and the winners are announced in assembly and the totals published on our website.

2. Talk PANTS!

We promote the NSPCC’s UNDERWEAR RULE campaign to help keep children safe. Click here to view the NSPCC page.

Talk Pants

Privates are private         
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means No
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help


We have posters around school to remind pupils who they can talk to in school if they have worries and how to contact ChildLine.

In the event we have a safeguarding concern we contact parents and/or local services for guidance; this is our legal obligation. 

We work with all parents/carers and local agencies to ensure all children feel safe, happy and ready to learn.

3. Conflict Resolution

We use photo prompts, role play and discussions to explore two sides to a conflict. We then practise using a very swift process to ’solve the problem together’.

  • Complete a 5W’s sheet
  • Know that an adult has addressed the concern
  • Return to learning leaving the conflict behind you

The sheets are in every classroom, in our entrance hall and on our website, click here to view and follow the Anti-bullying link to downloads: solving the problem together. You can download a '5 W's problem solving sheet here.

If your child comes home and shares a concern or issue, please:

  • Thank them for telling you;  it is good for them to share how they resolved a conflict; this is developing a life-long skill.
  • Ask them who did they tell?  How did they sort it out?  5W’s?
  • Reassure them that they did they right thing and it’s been resolved. 


5 W's

  • What is the problem between us?
  • Why do you think it happened?
  • What rule was broken?
  • What Core Value was compromised?
  • What can I do to make things better?
  • Who can I ask to help me?

If you feel an issue is unresolved kindly use the above format to record your concerns. We will investigate and aim to respond within 36 hours.

4. Happy, playful lunchtimes

We consider lunchtime the third lesson of the day, after Read Write Inc. and Maths. It is Social Learning Time.  We have a committed team who strive to provide the best provision possible.  

Our aims are for all children to:

  • Enjoy a nutritional lunch, in an ambient environment. Every child can invite a family member to lunch once every half term.
  • Participate in games and activities that tests their physical ability and social skills in a creative, purposeful way.
  • Have a strong sense of belonging by building new friendships in a small group ~ all yr 1 & 2 pupils enjoy their weekly club.
  • Know and understand how our clear protocols for moving around, zoned play areas, lining up, etc. keep them safe.
  • Earn a Lunchtime Award and be recognised in assembly as contributing to our lunchtime success.
  • Be ready to Return to Learning having enjoyed recreation or relaxation, chats with friends or a good game.

Have the opportunity to volunteer for Leadership as they move up our school. This has the capacity to increase resilience that has huge personal benefits as it raises self-esteem (feeling skilled, worthy, valued) and improves good health (stronger immune system, less colds, tummy bugs, etc.) and promotes a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to contribute to our school community.    Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

NB: If a pupil challenges our ethos for a caring, sharing lunchtime through inappropriate words or actions, then they are asked to stand on the STOP spot for 2 minutes reflection time then proceed with their day.  In the event of a child being unsafe (harming themselves or others), they are brought into our STOP zone to complete a 5W’s and the matter is addressed by skilled staff. 

This may lead to them staying in our CALM zone the following lunchtimes to practise social skills and share structured play with an adult and 2 or 3 other children to revisit our ethos and ensure everyone is safe and happy at lunchtime as well as during learning time.  Then there is a phased return, usually over 2 weeks, to free play on the playground with all the other children. 

5. We are all unique!

We value each and every member of our learning community regardless of age, ability, religious belief, heritage, gender, sexual orientation or economic status.

We follow the DfE guidance “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and  mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.

Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. See our Promoting British Values page here.

We are all unique

6. Going for GOLD

Going for Gold

Every pupil’s name appears on their Going for GOLD poster in their classroom.  When they are working hard and contributing to their learning environment then they stay in green. When they perform above their previous best and stretch themselves, this is noticed by the adults and they are moved up to bronze and similarly through silver and possibly into gold.  The adults will give prompts so that the pupil knows what they need to do next to build on their personal successes. 

This combination of visual and verbal stimuli and feedback is a great motivator. 

Pupils can also earn Great Learning Behaviour Awards for demonstrating specific skills i.e. Perseverance, Demonstrating learning, Climate of  respect, supporting others,  etc.  

Sometimes pupils stray from our agreed code of conduct and might consider interrupting their or others learning.  At this point their name will be moved into the ’think’ zone with a verbal instruction of what to do to return to green swiftly.  As soon as this is observed by an adult, the pupil’s name is returned to green. 


Great Learning BehavioursThis strategy reduces the attention on unacceptable distractions and re-focuses onlearning behaviours and skills.  In the unlikely event that the pupil does not take this opportunity their name will be moved into the STOP zone and they will follow our protocol and be escorted to a partner class to work there for 10 minutes, before returning to their class, going back into green and joining in with the class learning tasks.  This is recorded in the class STOP book; if this happens 3 times in one day or 6 times in a week then parents are invited in to work to address the barrier to learning. 

Students and Stars of the Week successes are shared with parents in assembly, in the newsletter and on our website each week. 

Class Attendance, Readers, Writers, Mathematicians and Lunchtime Awards are celebrated, in assembly, each week too.

If you would like to download a copy of 'The Pioneer Way', please click here, or see Mrs Axten for your copy.