Our School Day
Start of the Day
The school gates open at 8.20am and close at 8.30am. Children enter school via the side gate. Pupils in Beech and Oak classes are encouraged to come into school independently to reduce the number of adults in the playground during the morning.
If parents/carers need to pass on a message to the class teacher for the day ahead, please contact the school office at 8am or email the class email, which are checked briefly at 8am.
ALL children settle into a brief SODA (Start Of Day Activity). These short tasks focus on prior learning, allowing the opportunity for retrieval and practice of key skills or knowledge. It also provides time for children to settle into an established routine and connect with their class teacher.
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. Maths 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 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. Daily worship is from 10.35-10.50 ( Hymn practice to 11am)
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. The children eat together between 11.45 - 12.10pm and then have outdoor play together until 12.45pm
There is a daily morning play for 15 minutes, starting at 10.15 am. 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. Morning playtime is separated into KS1 and KS2.
End of the Day
All children finish at 2.45pm (unless they are attending a club). Families in Willow and Oak Class wait on the playground. Families in Beech wait on the patio outside the classroom. If Beech Class families have siblings in Willow or Oak class, they must collect from Beech Class first.