Our School Day
Entering the School Building
All children who are in KS2 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6) say goodbye to parents in the playground and enter school through one of 3 entrances (two side doors and the long Nursery corridor). A member of staff will be at each entrance to welcome children into school at the start of the day. Doors will be opened from 8.45am. Staff members will be able to take notes on behalf of class teachers at the appropriate entrances, although any parent who needs to speak to the class teacher about an urgent matter will be able to. There will also be members of staff in cloakroom areas to assist with hanging up coats, bags etc. and ensuring that children go straight to their classrooms. Children will be encouraged to use the entrance closest to their cloakroom: · Entrance 1 - Side door (Nursery): Year 6 and Year 5· Entrance 2 – Nursery corridor: Year 6 and Year 5· Entrance 3 – Side door (by the Annexe): Year 3 and Cobalt
Annexe Entrance - Aqua and Sky. (A teaching assistant will be at the top of the path to take any messages to the class teachers).
Children in Year 2
We encourage the children in Year 2 to be as independent as possible and say goodbye to their parents in the playground.
The children may enter via the Nursery long corridor or the side door near the Nursery. (Buttercup may wish to enter via the side door near the annexe). Daffodil and Sunflower have their cloakroom near the Nursery side door and Buttercup have their cloakroom just outside their classroom. A Teaching Assistant will always be around in the cloakroom to make sure they are okay and pass any messages onto the class teacher.
Children in Year 1 We ask parents to say goodbye outside the classrooms. Orange class enter through the main door to their classroom via the steps and Gold and Amber should enter their classrooms using the back doors (through the gated area). This will ease conjestion in the mornings.
Reception Children in Red and Blue class can be brought into school by their parents using the double doors by Red and Blue classrooms (where the children exit at the end of the day). Parents are also asked to leave by these doors. Reception children in Green class can be taken into the classroom by their parents using the ramp (also where children will exit at the end of the day).
Parents with children in the Nursery will continue to use the Nursery entrance. Please avoid using the inside Nursery corridor as this will be busy with older children. This will mean that most parents will need to leave the school grounds via the main routes from the playground. However, we are able to open the side gate, between the Year 1 classrooms and the main building, to allow Nursery parents to wait in the Nursery “Garden” until the Nursery opens at 8.45am. Parents with wide buggies will need to use the main routes out of school to walk round to the Nursery entrance.
A Welcome in the morning:
Children are welcomed into the classroom from 8.45 a.m. as they arrive. This starts the day with a smile and avoids queues in the classroom areas. These ten minutes before lessons begin are also a useful time for parents and teachers to talk briefly about any little day to day matters. For children the ten minutes are used for preparing for the day, reading quietly, handing in home-school reading records or continuing with some work.
Registers are opened at 8.55 a.m. and are closed at 9.00 a.m. Any child arriving after this should come to the office to be marked as late and also to ensure a school dinner is ordered if required.
Foundation Stage: no set break due to free flow inside and outside throughout the day.
Y4/3: 10.00 - 10:15am
Y1/2: 10.25 - 10.40am
Y5/6: 10.45 – 11.00am.
Children may bring a ‘snack’ for playtime if they wish. In line with our "Healthy School" status we encourage fruit or raw vegetables and discourage sweets, cakes or crisps. Free fruit is available for younger pupils. Older pupils must take their snack into class at the beginning of the day.
“Pupils choose healthy snacks and participate very enthusiastically in a wide range of sports activities and clubs”
Nursery take lunch between 11.45am - 12.30pm
Reception and KS1 take lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm
KS2 take lunch between 12.00pm and 12.50pm
Children can have a healthy, nutritious school meal freshly cooked on site every day or may choose to bring a packed lunch. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal free School Meals every day and we hope that as many parents as possible will take up this offer. In KS2, parents in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance may be entitled to free school meals, please ask at the office. School dinners are charged at a weekly rate, payment should be sent with your child in a labelled envelope (name, purpose and amount) on a Monday morning. As money is banked on a Monday we cannot accept payment on any other day. We would encourage as many of you as possible to use the Gateway App on your phone to make payments for school dinners.Your child may have either packed lunch or dinners as long as they stick with it for the week.
During the lunch period children are looked after by our team of school meals supervisors and our Bistro Buddies also help out the younger children.
At the end of the day:
Lessons for Reception, KS1 and KS2 end at 3.15pm. Sessions in the Nursery end at 3.30pm. Parents should note that this is the time lessons end rather than the time children actually come out. For older children, depending on classroom location, it may take additional time to make their way to the exits.
At the end of the day all infants are collected (unless parents have made other arrangements) from the allotted class exits. All juniors are supervised by teachers to their allotted cloakrooms and exits.
End of the day exits:
Blue and Red - Double doors by the class. Parents should wait in the main playground by the Harbour fence.
Green -Main classroom door, via the ramp.
Gold and Amber - Gated area between port-a -cabins.
Orange- Main classroom door (via the steps).
Daffodil- Main hall doors (nearest to the Harbour area).
Buttercup and Sunflower - Main hall doors (nearest to the tall fence and ball courts).
Jade and Emerald - Side door near cookery corner.
Cobalt - Main hall doors (nearest to Harbour area).
Aqua and Sky - Annexe path.
Pacific, Ocean and Atlantic - Doors near the long Nursery corridor.
Purple and Indigo - Side door (Nursery side).
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 must be collected by an adult at the end of the school day. When children are in Key Stage 2 parents may collect children or they may allow their child to walk home by themselves. However, if your KS2 child is going to walk home on their own, please let the class teacher know this at the start of the year.
We remind children regularly that if they are not collected as expected they should remain with (or return to) their teacher. Parents are also asked to remind their children of this regularly. Children then wait in the Library until they are collected and the Office notified.