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A Day in the Life of a Child at SPS

In Reception - Early Years
 
School is open from 8:30am – Teachers will welcome you through the green gates and during the beginning of the Autumn term, parents can choose to bring their children down to the classroom or say goodbye to them at the gate.
 
Registration is 8:50am
 
Snack Time - Is determined by each individual child throughout the morning in the form of a rolling snack bar. A healthy snack is provided which is an addition to the snack brought in from home.
 
Lunch time begins at 12:10pm - Every child in Reception is entitled to a free hot school meal which is provided by Chartwells. There is a choice between two dishes and one is vegetarian. Children also have access to vegetables, fruit, pudding and a drink. You can still provide your child with a packed lunch. Reception children start their lunch before everyone else and sit in the main hall and eat their lunch together.
 
Afternoon lessons starts at 1:10pm
 
School finishes at 3:15pm - The teachers will bring your children out to meet you at the green gate and dismiss them when they have seen their adults who will be collecting them.
 
The Reception Team operate a free flow system with direct teaching interspersed with self-initiated learning. We have an outside learning environment that mirrors, complements and extends our Early Years provision inside. The direct teaching includes Literacy, Maths, Phonics and Guided Reading. PE is timetabled twice a week, and Music, RE and French once a week. The rest of the day will cover all other curriculum subjects. We have a creative curriculum and make links across subjects. We strongly believe in giving learning a purpose and context enabling children to apply skills across the curriculum.
 
 
In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
 
School is open from 8:45am - Children are met by their teacher on the playground and then taken back to class.
 
Registration is at 8:50am - Any child arriving after registration will need to go to the School Office and will be marked in late on the school register.
 
Break time is at 9:55am - 10:10am - We are a healthy school and request that children only have fruit or vegetables for snack.
 
Lunch time begins at 12:30pm - You can request your child to have a hot school meal which is provided by Chartwells. There is a choice between two dishes with one being a vegetarian option. Children also have access to vegetables, fruit, pudding and a drink. Or you can provide your child with a healthy packed lunch. Children in Y5&6 eat their packed lunch in Hall with the children that have hot school meals.
 
Afternoon lessons starts at 1:30pm
 
School finishes at 3:30pm - We walk the children round to the playground where they meet their parents. On wet days, we may open the side doors of the classrooms and allow children to be collected from outside the classroom. We can only allow them to go home with a parent or someone who has been designated previously by letter or phone call.
 
KS1 has a more structured day than Early Years, becoming more structured as they enter KS2. Every day children will experience English, Maths, Phonics and Guided Reading. PE is timetabled twice a week and Computing, French and Music once a week. The rest of the day will cover all other curriculum subjects. We have a creative curriculum and make links across subjects. We strongly believe in giving learning a purpose and context enabling children to apply skills across the curriculum.
Attendance
Children only get one chance at school, and their chance of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly. Poor attendees may not be able to keep up with school work or miss out on parts of the curriculum. This can affect their rate of progress and overall level of attainment. It’s not only the academic work: missing out on the social side of school life can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help children later on at secondary school. Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for the late child, the teacher and other children in the class.