The School Day
The school is organised into four separate year groups, which are categorised as follows:
Y3: 7 – 8 years old
Y4: 8 – 9 years old
Y5: 9 – 10 years old
Y6: 10 – 11 years old
This continues the grouping system first started in the infants. We review the classes at the end of Y3 according to the needs of each cohort, where children name up to three friends to stay with (and are guaranteed one) to form their new Y4 class.
Children will sometimes 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.
A typical school day is as follows. Each year group will have variations on which lesson is taught when but generally the Core subjects (Maths and English) are taught in the morning and Foundation subjects (Science, PSHE, History, Geography, Spanish, Computing, RE) are taught in the afternoon. PE, Music and Art are taught by Specialist subject teachers while class teachers are released for their non-contact time.
- 8.45am – school gates open: pupils walk straight into their classrooms
- 8.50am – pupils in class ready to learn
- 9.10am – assembly (on specific days)
- 9.00am – 9.35am – handwriting/early morning work/foundation subject lesson (non assembly days)
- 9.30am – 10.30am – Maths or English
- 10:30am – 10:45am – Y5 & Y6 break time
- 11:00am – 11:15am – Y3 & Y4 break time
- 10:45/11:15am – 12noon – Maths or English
- 12 noon to 12.30pm – Guided Reading
- 12.30pm to 1.30pm – whole school lunch break
- Afternoon sessions – Foundation subjects
- 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.
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 can be accepted. Parents may pay for a half term or full term if they wish and all payments should be made using our secure website called ParentPay. Parents/carers will all be given individual ID and Passwords to access this facility.
End of the Day: Children are released at 3.15pm. Parents/carers of children in Y3/Y4 and Y6 can collect their children from the junior school playground. Y5 children are dismissed from 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.
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