29th July 2011 at 01:00

Class rewards

Praise for star pupils

Customisable stickers, charts and certificates

To bring out the best in your pupils, effective forms of recognition can act as an incentive for children to work hard. This collection of resources offers imaginative and effective ways to encourage your pupils to work to the best of their ability.

Stickers are a quick and easy way of rewarding students for good work or behaviour, and a selection has been uploaded by TES users for you to print and use. Kittycat3's Mr Men and Little Miss selection are fun and easily customisable.

Contributors have also uploaded a series of behaviour charts that focus on encouraging good behaviour. Pupils are given an incentive to work towards and can easily track how well they are doing on the charts. Stephen Bodman's football-themed league table is a class reward chart that enables you to give "points" for good behaviour.

Pupils can also be praised individually with certificates. Two Little Ducks has shared a collection that can be customised.


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DIY? Job done

From September, primary pupils will get the chance to learn basic DIY skills in the classroom with BQ's Job Done! programme. Previously only available for pupils aged 11-14, Job Done! will roll out the programme for five to 16-year-olds, with the aim to help plug the skills gap across the UK. For more details, visit

Down with pens

No Pens Day Wednesday is a new initiative from the Hello campaign encouraging schools to put down their pens and pick up their language on Wednesday 28 September. Visit

Friendship and relationships

Importance of being a friend

Poems, stories and presentations

This selection of resources helps children develop an understanding of how to build friendships and the importance of keeping them.

For pupils in key stage 1, it is important to establish what friendship means, and the qualities required to be a good friend. An assembly uploaded by rehanafazil incorporates an activity which encourages pupils to think of the "ingredients" that make a friend, along with poems and stories about friendship and diversity.

PrimaryWorks has shared a PowerPoint presentation on the meaning and importance of friendships, which is suitable for key stages 1 and 2. The resource includes a rubric pupils can use to assess how good a friend they are, according to traits such as listening and sharing.

Kelly1980 has shared a number of planning aids for PSHE lessons. They include ideas for team and individual activities, which aim to further pupils' understanding of the importance of friendship and the effects of bullying.

Flashcards can also be used to give children the opportunity to test their understanding of friendship (Milkandchalk).


Starting out as an NQT

Recording core standards

For busy NQTs, it can be time-consuming and difficult to keep a record of each time a core standard has been met. Littlemissraw has created a handy filing system that helps to ensure evidence is organised correctly, ready for when you have the time to write it up. Having one standard printed on each page enables you to slot your evidence into the corresponding section as you collect it.

Debbs201 has designed a similar system in grid form, which acts as a quick reference for the standards you should be working towards.

On tackling bad behaviour, Rob Plevin has shared his class management strategies. Seven of the most common classroom behavioural problems are indicated alongside causesreasons and recommended actions.

For help dealing with pupils who have ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), a list of 50 tips on how to control behaviour and bring out the best in pupils has been offered by ADDers-org.

Having a good lesson plan is essential for good teaching. TES NQT expert James Williams' PowerPoint presentations give advice on both lesson design and lesson planning to be used in conjunction with each other.

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