The School Day
Morning session: 8:50 to 12:00
(Electronic registration will record any child arriving after 9:00 as late - parents will be asked to record a reason for lateness)
Afternoon session: 1:00 to 3:20
Full time children 8:45 - 3:15pm
Part time children 8:45am – 9:00 to 11:45 (5 mornings) or 12:20 to 3:20 ( 5 afternoons)
Foundation Stage – Children in Upper Foundation (Reception full time) and Lower Foundation (part time nursery) are placed in three pastoral registration groups. Children are encouraged to integrate across the three indoor classrooms and the outdoor classroom which form the Foundation Unit.
Key Stage 1 – children are arranged in three classes in date of birth order, but frequently work across the key stage ( e.g. there are 6 differentiated daily phonic groups) Planning is cross curricular although numeracy is mainly taught as a discrete subject.
Key Stage 2 – children are arranged in three classes in date of birth order for Lower Key Stage 2 and three classes in date of birth order for Upper Key Stage 2. The classes frequently work and plan in together in a variety of cross curricular activities.
Cross Age Phase Initiatives- Upper Foundation Stage children and Year 3 children are paired as Learning Partners. The children then keep these partners and work together in Y1&Y4 and Y2&Y5. On the first Friday of each half term, the learning partners work together in a special 'Link and Learn' day where they do activities together based on one of our seven Learning Skills.
Phonics and Reading – Read Write Inc phonic scheme is introduced on entry to school and taught intensively through all its phases. Whole Class reading is taught from a full range of reading schemes and ‘real books’ which are graded into band levels. All children from aged 3 to 11, regularly use our home lending library which has recently been enhanced and replenished to include an extensive selection of both fiction and non fiction books. They also have access to Book Nooks in their classrooms which have a variety of entising reads for them, specially chosen by their teachers.
Children should only be absent due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances. Please inform us as soon as possible so that their absence can be recorded as authorised.
Parents are kindly asked to fill in an absence request form seeking permission from the head teacher. We cannot approve any holidays and you are likely to incur a fine from the education authority if you take your child on holiday during term time. PLEASE SEE ATTENDANCE.
The only jewellery allowed for health and safety reasons are plain watches and one pair of plain silver or gold stud earrings. These must be removed for P.E. (newly pierced ears must be covered during PE with self adhesive dressing provided by parents)
Long hair for girls or boys must be fastened back for PE and swimming lessons
Food & Drink
We encourage children to drink water at frequent intervals throughout the day. Please provide a transparent named bottle containing fresh, still unflavoured water each day (bottles available to buy at school).
Children in the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 receive a piece of fruit each day. We also encourage KS2 children to bring a piece of fruit or a healthy snack for playtime.
Children may choose a school dinner or bring a packed lunch from home. Our commitment to health education makes this a very important part of our school day.
Children are offered a choice of meals which are nutritionally balanced.
Children in Key Stage 2 are charged for lunches £12.00 per week . Dinner money must be paid in advance using our online payments system.
We ask that you do not send unhealthy options such as sweets, crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks. .
Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive a carton of milk each day.
We are required to make a charge of £7 a term.