Here at Watermoor CofE Primary School, we have four House Teams that our pupils and staff are very proud of; Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Narnia and Neverland.
When our children start in Pixies Class, they are sorted into one of the houses, and will spend the rest of their years at Watermoor earning house points for their house. Our pupils are awarded house points for a variety of reasons, including effort and perseverance, academic achievements and homework, and demonstrating Watermoor manners and Superhero behaviour. In our weekly celebration assemblies, we celebrate a range of achievements including House Points. The weekly house totals are calculated in the morning prior to our celebration assemblies, and then house positions are read out in reverse order, building up the anticipation and healthy competitiveness. The team in the lead changes regularly because of this, and pupils are encouraged to cheer for, and support the achievements of their peers. The pupil with the most House Points in each year group that week is also celebrated, and they are welcomed up to the front of the assembly to pick a prize from our celebration table. At the end of every big term the scores are totalled, the tension builds and the winning house is awarded the coveted House Points Cup.
At the beginning of each academic year, year 6 pupils have the opportunity to run for House Captain. In order to do so, they are required to write a manifesto explaining why they would be a good house captain, and why the pupils in their house should vote for them. After that, a secret vote is carried out, the votes are counted and the House Captains and Vice Captains are announced. Once the House Captains and Vice Captains are awarded their badges, they are then ready to motivate, and (hopefully) lead their house to victory!
During the year, we have monthly house meetings, and termly events for the houses to participate in, concluding with our much anticipated Sports Day. The meetings and events are led by the House Team Teachers, and are supported by the House Captains and Vice Captains. This gives our pupils opportunities to work in mixed age groups, encouraging each other and developing their sense of community and belonging.
“House teams bring us together…It’s a family!”