The Daily Routine
The start of each day is an important aspect of our school ethos for independence. Children hang up their own coats, put away their water bottles and lunch box if they have one.
The classroom is set up with open ended activities from across the curriculum. These are designed to provide independent practice of prior learning. Children read, select and settle to a task for the first few minutes of the day.
Each day there are three main teaching blocks of time, before and after a mid-morning playtime and a further main teaching session each afternoon.
English and Maths are taught daily. A class session is delivered by the teacher and supported by a teaching assistant. Children are then directed to either an adult guided or independent task. These are related to the day’s learning and differentiated for different abilities. (See curriculum for further information.)
Each morning from Reception to Year 2 a short lesson of phonics is taught. Children are quickly introduced to the 44 sounds and which make words in English and learn to read and write the first 100 tricky words. This knowledge and understanding provides the fundamental building blocks of early reading and spelling for writing.
At 10:20am a short assembly is held. Following assembly children go out to play, returning to class at 10:40am.
Lunch begins at 11:55am after which children take themselves out to play ready to begin their learning again at 1:05pm. Each class has a dedicated lunchtime supervisor. Lunchtime is a social time and a range of play activities are provided. Our adventure play equipment provides scope for imaginative and physical play.
There is a daily session of reading usually taught in the afternoon. Small groups have a guided session with either the teacher or teaching assistant. Children have frequent opportunities to practice their reading throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to read books of their choice for pleasure, sometimes during the start of the day activities and for a few minutes each day at home.
Story time before children go home is an important time in which to listen to a range of modern and traditional literature.
At 3.15 children are called by name and handed back to their parents and carers waiting at the door one at a time.
At 3 years old children have an entitlement to 15 hours education.
Our Nursery operates a morning and afternoon session. A limited number of all-day spaces are available. Additional hours may be paid for where spaces allow.
Nursery Morning session:
Opens at 8:30 am. Doors closed at 8:45am. Nursery closes at 11:30am
Nursery Afternoon Session:
Opens at 12:30pm. Doors close at 12:45. Nursery closes at 3:30pm.
A lunchtime club is in operation with spaces for up to 12 children.
The school doors open at 8:45am. Doors are closed at 8:55am.
Play time 10:40 -10:55am
Lunch 11:55am -1:05pm
School closes at 3:15pm