About Stillness

The School Day

The school is organised into four separate year groups, which are categorised as follows:

Year 3: 7 – 8 years old

Year 4: 8 – 9 years old

Year 5: 9 – 10 years old

Year 6: 10 – 11 years old

This continues the grouping system first started in the infants. We review the classes at the end of year 4 where children choose at least one or two friends to stay with to form their new year 5 class.

Children will often be supported by teaching assistants, who work with groups or individuals. All our teachers work in teams and support each other and this may involve them teaching each other’s class to share their expertise. This is all done to improve the quality of learning.

Children receive a minimum of 23.5 hours teaching per week. The school day is 5.5 hours, excluding lunchtime.

Our school day is as follows:

  • 8.45am – school gates open: Y3/Y4 go into the main hall – Y5/Y6 wait in the playground
  • 8.50am – pupils in class ready to learn
  • 9.15am – assembly (on specific days)
  • 9.00am – 9.30am – handwriting/early morning work (non assembly days)
  • 9.40am – 10.45am – maths
  • 10.45am – 11am – break time
  • 11.00am – 12noon – literacy (all year groups)
  • 12 noon to 12.30pm – guided reading (Y5/Y6)
  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm – whole school lunch break
  • Afternoon sessions – creative curriculum which includes Art and DT, Science, PSHE, PE, History, Geography, Music, Spanish and ICT
  • 3.15pm – school ends for all children.

PPA – This is where teachers plan their lessons for the next week.

Art, PE and Music are taught on a rotation basis ensuring that all children benefit from specialist teachers.

Breakfast Club

There is a breakfast club available each morning from 7:30am for any child needing to be looked after, for which there is a small charge.


Children in all year groups are welcome to enjoy a bowl of porridge free of charge every morning. Service takes place between 8.40am and 8.50am.

Lunch time

Children may have school dinners, packed lunch or go home for dinner (as long as the school is informed). Dinners must be paid for weekly and no daily payments are accepted. Parents may pay for a half term or full term if they wish. We prefer payment by cheque and these should be made out to ‘Stillness Junior School’. All payments should be made on Mondays. However, in an attempt to reduce cash and cheque payments to our school we are asking parents/carers to use our new e-payment method to pay dinner money.  This can be done online using a very secure website called ParentPay. Parents/carers will all be given individual ID and Passwords to access this facility.

End of the Day

The school gates are open at 3.15pm. Parents/carers of children in Y3 will collect their children from the front of the school outside the Y4 classrooms. Y4 children will be collected from the back of the main building and Y5 and Y6 can collect their child/ren from outside their classrooms. We do ask that child/ren are collected promptly after school so that the after school clubs can begin. Y5 and Y6 children are permitted to walk home alone with written consent from the parents/carers.