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Gem Power

A major focus at Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School is on empowering our pupils to become effective learners. We do this through our Gems project; children acquire a range of attributes which are represented by a selection of gems and collectively referred to as ‘Gem Power’. There is a strong link between the characteristics represented by the gems and our school values of self-belief, challenge and respect.

This table shows what the gems are and how they improve our ability to learn.

Gem

Characteristics

How do you earn it?

Diamond 

Independence

Self-reliance

Resourcefulness

  • Try to solve your own problem rather than immediately relying on an adult
  • Try to think for yourself when you are stuck with your work
  • Ask good questions to help you to achieve some new learning

Ruby

Kindness

Tolerance

Respect

  • Show kindness to others
  • Try to understand how others feel about their learning
  • Make someone else feel good about their learning and success

Sapphire

Concentration

  • Continue to engage in your learning even when there are distractions around you

Emerald

Courage

Risk

Perseverance

Resilience

  • ‘Have a go’ even though you know you might make a mistake
  • Understand that mistakes help you to learn
  • ‘Bounce back’ from any mistakes you make
  • Stay calm when you are upset or angry

Amethyst

Collaboration and turn-taking with a partner

 

  • Use your speaking and listening skills to share ideas with a partner
  • Work collaboratively by taking turns to listen and share
  • Learning from your partner by adding new ideas to your old ones

Topaz 

Collaboration and turn-taking in a group

  • Use your speaking and listening skills to share ideas with a group
  • Work collaboratively by taking turns to listen and share
  • Ask good questions to make sure everyone in the group understands your idea

We have a number of ways of promoting the development of Gem Power, as follows:

Stealing the teachers’ gems:

Every teacher has a treasure chest of gems; the idea is that demonstrations of gem power earn one of the teacher’s gems, which is then transferred to the class treasure box. Team work is important in this; gems are earned by individuals but belong to the whole class. A class treat is arranged when all the teacher’s gems have been ‘stolen’.

Gem reminders:

Each class has a gem display so that pupils are reminded on a daily basis what the characteristics of each gem are. Each pupil also has an individual gem card to keep with them as a personal prompt. Sometimes teachers will set a personal target relating to the acquisition of a particular characteristic.

‘Keepers of the Gems’:

The responsibility for developing and maintaining Diamond Power lies with everyone as it is the basis for all the other ‘powers’. Each house team is the ‘keeper’ of one of the remaining gems, responsible for monitoring how well it is developing throughout the school:

  • Chosen (purple) - amethyst
  • Crickley (blue) - sapphire
  • Birdlip (yellow) - topaz
  • Robinswood (red) - ruby
  • Coopers (green) – emerald

Anyone who earns a team point is awarded a small coloured sticker to represent the appropriate gem; these are stuck on the class team point chart. Team captains collect two totals every week:

  • The number of their team’s gem stickers that have been awarded across every team in all classes
  • The number of all the gem stickers that have been awarded to their house team across all classes

Teams use team meetings to plan ways of improving the power of their particular gem.

Assembly focus:

Our assembly themes are planned to support the development of each gem throughout the year, with a different focus for each term. During the year, house teams may be involved in leading an assembly about their particular gem.

In our Friday Celebration Assemblies we celebrate people who have demonstrated the use of one or more gems in their learning and behaviour. One person from each class is nominated for an award; they all receive a gem sticker and a winner is chosen to take a gem trophy back to his / her class for the week.

Team Gem Awards

Every team has a Gem 'mascot' which is awarded at team meetings to pupils who have been nominated by their peers for demonstrating the Gem qualities particularly well. The lucky winner looks after the mascot in his/her classroom until the next  meeting.