Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery School

Rectory Lane, Watton-At-Stone, Hertfordshire, SG14 3SG

01920 830233




Good to be Green and Great to be Gold

The ‘Good to be Green' scheme is an effective way of promoting positive behaviour and for rewarding those pupils who consistently behave appropriately.

The scheme is very visual, with child friendly resources which allow our pupils to easily see how they are doing in class. We believe that it is important to promote a positive message regarding behaviour management at all times- ‘Good to be Green’ is a means of promoting our high expectations of positive behaviour. If a child has had a bad day, they can start afresh the following day.

Every child starts their day on a positive note with a green card displayed in their pocket of the Class Chart. The card says- ‘It’s Good to be Green!’ and the children soon learn to associate being on Green with a feeling of having done the right thing. If they are still on Green by the end of the day, the child is awarded a House Point.

If, during the day, in lessons, or at break times, a child has to be warned of inappropriate behaviour then a Stop and Think warning card will be discreetly given to the child. The warning gives the child the opportunity to reflect, consider and review their behaviour. If a child continues to behave inappropriately then they will be given a yellow card which is displayed on top of the green card. A yellow card would equate,to 5 minutes off playtime.

Sometimes, just the threat of moving a child onto a Red Consequence Card is enough to encourage them to behave appropriately. However, if necessary, the child’s Yellow Warning Card will be moved to the back of the pocked and the Red Consequence Card will be displayed. Persistent unacceptable behaviour would equate to a red card which would then have a consequence of loss of playtime at lunchtime. 

Equally, pupils will often display behaviours where they go out of their way to be friendly, welcoming or helpful. Pupils also have the opportunity to be rewarded for very good behaviour by being awarded 'Great to be Gold' (which equates to 2 house points) In addition, there are a wide range of school initiatives and programmes which reward appropriate/ good behaviour, and these are outlined in the School Behaviour Policy.

Teachers and staff respond to inappropriate behaviour using the ‘Good to be Green’ scheme. The table below gives examples of some kinds of behaviour which are levelled according to ‘severity’ (taken from the School’s Behaviour Policy).



Low level behaviour

Range of Possible Sanctions

Disturbing the learning of others around them

Disrespectful moaning and groaning

Talking over other people/shouting out

Messing around in the cloakroom/toilets

Wandering around the classroom/off task

Throwing a piece of equipment across the table to someone

Running indoors

Stamping feet in anger

Snatching/not sharing with others



In class


Moving the child to a different seat.


A private reminder about the behaviour we wish to see- inviting them to make the right choice.


Providing a child with a ‘Stop and Think card’ so that they can reflect on their behaviour

On the playground

Child stays with an adult for a few minutes to reflect on their behaviour.

Yellow card

Range of Possible Sanctions

Continued disobedience after a first warning

Deliberately ignoring instructions given

Being unkind to others (name calling)

Going out of the classroom without permission from an adult

Continual chatting during lesson time

Running away from adults

Play fighting


In class

Stay indoors for 10 minutes at playtime/lunchtime to catch up on work missed or write a letter of apology (if required)

On the Playground

If yellow card is given whilst the child is on the playground, then the child sits on the bench, away from their friends so that they can reflect on their behaviour.

Red card

Range of Possible Sanctions

Being disrespectful to any member of staff

Physical violence towards another child



Racist or homophobic comments

Continually not following an adult’s instructions (defiance)

Deliberate and continual disruption in class



Threatening adults

Arguing with adults (disrespectfully)

Inappropriate language used to offend/hurt others

Throwing things in anger which could cause harm


In class

*Headteacher called to class/child taken to Headteacher.

*Lunchtime reflection about their behaviour

*Parents/carers informed by text.

*Parents/carers can talk to teacher at the end of the day.

*Child writes an apology letter to the member of staff or child (ass appropriate) to apologise.



On the playground

As above but if red card given whilst the child is on the playground or in the dining room then they are sent directly to the Headteacher's office.


Internal or external exclusion (depending on severity on the incident)

Physical violence towards a member of staff

Leaving school without permission