Our School Day
Start of the Day
Currently the start of our day is staggered to allow for children to arrive in smaller groups.
Oak and Beech Class children with no siblings in Willow Class: 8.20am
Oak and Beech Class children with siblings in Willow Class: 8.25am
Willow Class children: 8.30am
The Daily 'Dash and Chat'
Once the register has been taken, the whole school prepares for our 'Dash and Chat' session. Depending on the weather, we ALL take part in some form of exercise and conversation. This may be a 'dash and chat' around the school field or a 'hike and chat' up Levin Down, or a 'wake, shake and chat' session in the hall or playground. We believe this start to the school day, is vital for everybody's physical and mental wellbeing, and ensures that we are 'ready to teach & learn'.
The longer morning is divided into focused learning sessions of Maths, English, Phonics and Spellings, PSHCE, French and Music. The lessons are taught in 4 classes, except for Phonics and Spellings, which are taught in smaller groupings, according to a child's need and stage of development. The shorter afternoon focuses on the broader curriculum and is taught in three classes. The children have two P.E. lessons a week as a class. The children in Key Stage 2 will have a weekly swimming lesson hopefully in the Spring Term.
As a Church School, daily Worship is an important aspect of our day. We come together to worship, sing, pray, celebrate and learn, in a variety of groupings. We have a weekly focus, reading and hymn, which is shared on our newsletter.
As part of our risk assessment and Government guidance, we will not worship inside as an entire school community. Worship will take place in Key Stage One prior to lunch and in Key Stage Two at the end of the day.
Lunchtime is an hour long, giving children time to calmly eat their lunch in our school hall and then go outside to play. Children either have a hot lunch provided by an external provider or may bring a packed lunch to school.
As part of our risk assessment and Government guidance, we will stagger lunch playtimes. Key Stage Two will play from 11.30-12pm and Key Stage One will play following their lunch from 12.30-1pm. We aim to use the field as much as possible to allow for maximum spacing. Wet play due to heavy rain, will be in classrooms. There will be an opportunity for some physical 'on the spot' activity in the classroom.
There is a daily morning play for 15 minutes, starting at 10.00am ( Beech and Oak) 10. 20 am (Willow). Children play on the school playground or field during their morning and lunch playtimes. We try and get outside whatever the weather, but if it is raining heavily, the children are supervised while they play indoors. During indoor play, children are supervised in either their classroom or hall, and for a proportion of the time will take part in a physical activity, led by the adult on duty and our Playground Pals.
End of the Day
Currently the end of our day is staggered to allow for children to depart in smaller groups.
Oak and Beech Class children with no siblings in Willow Class: 2.35 pm
Oak and Beech Class children with siblings in Willow Class: 2.40 pm
Willow Class children: 2.45 pm