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House Points

Discussion in 'Primary' started by tafkam, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    We made a very small change - we replaced annotated house points with physical counters to be placed into a pot. It's amazing the difference such a tiny amendment has made to the popularity of the event!
  2. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I visited a school last week where poker chips were used. Hugely motivating, by all accounts, and far easier to record.
  3. My daughter's school does this half termly. The winning house are allowed to come in their own clothes on the last day of term - hugely popular.
  4. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Same as milliebear, plus they also have an extended playtime!
  5. Our sports days are very competitive and the children compete for their house. The winners get a cup to display.
  6. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Simply, that the school had thousands of poker chips, in the four relevant house colours. Children were given a chip or two as they earned then and then plonked them straight into one of four large, clear, plastic containers in their respective classrooms (I think they were those large plastic cereal containers you can get) so the reward felt more physical and was also visual, with the chips building up, and audible too, as the chips clunked into the containers.
    Easy to record as well as the containers are just collected in at the end of each week, the chips counted and then all distributed back to the teachers.
  7. We have a treat at the end of each term for the winning team too. The children love it. It's usually just something like a DVD and popcorn in the hall but it really got the house points back into the fore. Love the poker chips idea!

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