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Language and Communication Use a reward chart to modify own behaviour  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils are able to modify their own behaviour using a reward chart with some adult assistance

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Work and reward chart with reward toys

Bag of small reward toys that are not too noisy for use in class e.g. small bubbles pots from party shops, squeeze balls, spinning toys, 'stocking filler' toys from catalogue companies.

Laminated strip of card.

Laminated symbols for 'work' and 'reward'.

You will need about 4 of each symbol.

Sand timer.

1. Put the reward toys into a bag and keep them only for reward times.

2. Make the laminated strip and the symbols and keep them in the bag with the reward toys.

3. When the child sits to do a work activity take out the laminated strip and put the 'work' and 'reward' symbols on the strip e.g.:


(replace this word with your symbol)


(replace this word with your symbol)


(replace this word with your symbol)


(replace this word with your symbol)


(replace this word with your symbol)


4. Encourage the child to do the work activity but watch carefully and as soon as the child looks as if they have had enough say 'work is finished......time for reward'. Then take off the first 'work' symbol and point to the 'reward'' symbol as you give the child the reward bag to choose a reward toy from.

5. Turn over the sand timer so the child has a visual reminder of how long they are allowed to use the reward toy for.

6. When the reward time is finished take the 'reward' symbol off the laminated strip and point to the 'work' symbol.

7. In time the child will come to trust that work is followed by a reward. You will be able to vary the length of time you expect a child to work depending on the child's mood and state. By watching the child carefully you will be able to give the child a reward before their behaviour slips into something unacceptable. This ensures that you are always rewarding good behaviour.

Apply this behaviour management technique methodically to get the best results.

Be sensitive to the child's changing state. There will be times when the child can only do a very small amount of work and needs lots of reward time.

This is OK so long as the adult is managing the arrangement and not the child.

Give lots of warm feedback for 'work' and point to the upcoming reward as needed - but don't push the child so far that their behaviour deteriorates and you are not able to reward good behaviour.

Star Chart

'I am working for .........' laminated card A 5 size.

Symbols/pictures of motivators, laminated and with a Velcro square on the back to fix to the A5 star chart.

Small counters, smiley faces or stars with small bits of Velcro on the back so that they can be stuck to the star chart as needed.

As a rule make it easy for the child to get a reward to get the system started off.

You may want to time the reward e.g. use a 10 minute sand timer or a watch if the child can understand a clock.


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