School times and term dates

Term times

Please follow the links to see term time dates for the current and upcoming year:

Our school day

The school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.15pm.

The school gates open at 8:40am and children can start making their way into the classrooms as soon as they come in. The teacher will have set up early morning activities such as learning times tables, practising handwriting, responding to marking comments and reviewing the previous day’s work This will allow for a more settled start to the morning.

Registration is from 8.50am – 9am.

At 8.55, the gates are closed and all children who arrive after this time need to go in through the main entrance. Their names are then written in a late book. The register is taken at 9am in class and sent back to the office.

Morning playtimes

Midmorning play is between11.00am-11.15am

All the children have a morning break and can bring a healthy snack to eat during this time. The children are encouraged to play a variety of games.   We have a wide range of activities to keep pupils active during playtimes therefore we ask that children do not bring in toys or games from home.

Lunch

All the children have a lunch break between 12.30pm and 1.20 pm. Most children with packed lunches eat in their classrooms or outside in warmer weather. They are encouraged to be social whilst eating. All classes are given at least 20 minutes to eat their lunch. Some children may need longer, so can finish eating in the hall if needed. Children who have school dinners eat in the hall. All children, whether they are in class or in the hall,  are encouraged to tidy their eating areas after lunch.

During lunch play, different options are available for the children. The library is also open for those children who wish to sit and read quietly or change library books.

Football takes place on the top courts or the field. It is organised on a rota basis. The front playground and quiet area is also open for gentler play!

Drop-off and collection

At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are asked to drop their children off either at the school entrance or on the front playground, depending on the age of the children. When walking into the school site, please encourage your children to follow the yellow pathway. If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset.

Getting to school

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike-racks. If you do need to travel by car, please park wisely. Children may also bring their scooters to school. Scooter racks are available outside Yew class.

If your child is going to walk to or from school on their own then we ask you to email the school or send a message on Class Dojo so the school can make a note of this arrangement. Without parent permission we can not allow a pupil to walk home alone.

Assembly

All children take part in a daily assemblies.

Monday : This is Miss Airey’s assembly where she introduces the theme for the week.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: These are class assemblies which may use music, art or discussion to continue the theme of the week and develop pupils’ engagement with the topic.

Wednesday: This assembly is led by a member of the leadership team or a visiting guest.

Friday 1.30-2.00pm is a celebration assembly. This is a time when we reflect on all our learning and experiences over the past week and celebrate each others successes.

Religious Education is taught according to a nondenominational syllabus used in Somerset schools which develops knowledge of Christianity whilst raising awareness of other religions.

All parents have a right to withdraw their child from the daily assembly or from Religious
Education. Any parent wishing to exercise this right should contact the Headteacher

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