The School Day
Doors open at 8:40am. The morning session runs from 8:50-12:00. Lunch is between 12:00-1:00pm. Afternoons are 1:00-3:15.
Arrival & Registration
On arrival at 8:40, the children put their things away and then go to their registration groups. This is a time to complete a morning activity or sometimes children continue with learning activities set by teachers. The children will stay in their own pastoral groups for registration.
Snacks and Water
Younger Team children have a short break at a flexible time in the morning. A healthy fruit or vegetable snack is currently provided for all children, although parents may prefer to send their own. Please see your parent information pack for the list of healthy snacks but please remember not to send anything with nuts. The children are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Phonics for reading and spelling
Phonics is taught daily using Twinkl Phonics as our systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP), that has been adapted carefully by experienced teachers to ensure the needs of the children are being met. We approach phonics in a similar way each day with opportunities to revisit and learn new sounds, carry out reading and writing activities and apply their knowledge in a range of ways.
Spelling is taught in Years 1 and 2 using a mixture of phonics and other methods. Additional detailed guidance on supporting your child to learn spelling lists is given in a guide for parents/carers. The children have weekly spelling quizzes and new words are sent home as part of home learning. The children keep them for a week to practise ready for the spelling quiz. The Common Exception Words lists specific to each year group will be available on Teams for you to practise throughout the year.
The use of reading schemes will differ according to each child’s needs. This may vary and change through the year. Children are encouraged to take home books to promote a love of reading. ‘Spot books’ support reading through all stages of the school’s reading schemes. We normally send home two reading scheme books and the children choose two corresponding spot books independently. Reading scheme books are changed by staff weekly. However, children have the opportunity to change spot books daily and share books with their peers.
Children have the opportunity to visit one of our school libraries to choose books. We value parental help to facilitate this. Please contact your child’s teacher if this is an area that you think you could help with.