Our School Day
Start of the Day
Our school gate opens at 8.10 am and closes at 8.25am. The Headteacher greets families at the gate each morning and the children are able to go onto the playground. We ask that children in Willow Class are accompanied by an adult. Those in Beech and Oak, may be 'dropped off' at 8.15am when they will be supervised by a teacher on duty. Punctuality matters and it is important for all children to be on time and ready to learn.
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 during the Autumn 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.
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.
There is a daily morning play for 15 minutes, starting at 10.15am. 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
The side gate opens at 2.40pm and school finishes at 2.45pm. Families wait on our playground and the children exit school from the doors bordering the playground. The teachers will ensure all children are collected safely before attending any meetings either with colleagues or parents or leading any clubs.
After school a variety of clubs are run by either an external provider or the school staff.