A typical school day
Our school day starts at 8.55am however our gates open at 8.40am.
At 8.55am the register is called and children are asked what they would like for dinner. During our morning carpet session the children practise their mathematical skills.
Children are then given an extended period of continuous provision, here they can explore, investigate, create, practise and refine their chosen skills with their friends whilst the adults observe, question and join in. Throughout the morning the children have access to a snack and their water bottles. During this period adults use their previous knowledge of the children to target children within their play as well as groups of children through the use of adult-led work, here children are asked to come and complete a task with a specified adult.
Towards the end of the morning children take part in a discrete phonics session followed by shared reading known as ELLA (Extended Literacy Learning Activities) time.
At 12.00noon children will go to the lunch hall for lunch, at the beginning of the year the children then come back to the reception setting to play, as they move throughout the year they will go onto the playground to play.
At 1.00pm the children register for the afternoon session, we have a carpet session based on the week's learning and then continue with continuous provision.
At the end of the day the children share in a story with the adults in the setting before getting ready for home time.
Our school gates open at 3.15pm and school finishes at 3.25pm, all children are dismissed from the Red Apple classroom. Please note In accordance with the EYFS safeguarding policy we must have written consent for who can collect your child(ren) whilst they are in reception. If we are unsure will shall always check, please be patient with us if dismissing takes a little longer while we ensure that these safeguarding procedures are followed.
Where will my child work and play?
The Foundation Stage is made up of three stimulating learning environments, which all children can freely negotiate; the Red Apple classroom, the Green Apple classroom and the garden. In the Red Apple classroom there is a strong emphasis on creativity and expressive arts and in the Green Apple classroom, investigation and exploration of the world around us. Literacy and numeracy flow in and out of both rooms, and children are taught phonics and mathematics every day. Outside, children are able to access all areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum. We are strong advocates of a child’s right to play, and as such, delight in observing and challenging children to grow as independent, motivated and critical thinkers.
Typical areas around the setting may be:
- The home corner
- The investigation station
- The construction site
- The loose part area
- The book corner
- The craft table
- Funky fingers (fine motor control area)
- The theatre / shop / doctor’s / travel agent (role play)
- The writing area
- Bats, balls, hoops and ropes
- Bikes and scooters
- Sand tray
- Water area
- Gravel pit
- Garden area
- Reading den
- Storyteller chair
- Mark making den
- Eco kitchen
- Role play area
- Tyre obstacle course
Who will work and play with my child?
Throughout the day the adults in reception work as a team. Together they ensure the welfare and safety of children in the setting is nurtured. During periods of continuous provision they play with the children, listening, reacting and scaffolding to what is happening in the classroom that day. As a group the adults take part in regular continuous professional development to ensure that their interactions are of high quality and they grasp teachable moments.
As a group the adults regularly reflect on the children's learning with each other and the children, this allows for activities to be planned for based on the children's interests and developmental needs. These activities may be adult directed, where children are asked to come and complete a set activity with an adult or learning invitations set up throughout continuous provision for adults and children to access together at their choice.
All adults work together to deliver short inputs for the children at set times of the day, this enables children to have a strong understanding of the structure in school. The times of these inputs stay the same throughout the year to ensure children continue to have a feeling of safety in the knowledge of their timetable however the content and duration will change with the children's needs. Whilst all adults work together in the setting they all have their own areas of expertise, these are used to ensure the very best environment for your child.
Our group of adults consist of teachers and TAs, your child will be put into a class - the Red Apple class or Green Apple class for administrative purposes and to support initial relationship building. The EYFS framework states that each child in reception must have a 'key worker', your child's class teacher will be your child's key worker. However we know that relationships are built on mutual likes, interests and dislikes, as the children become comfortable in the setting they may build stronger relationships with different adults. As these relationships come to fruition we shall nurture and develop these, developing an ethos of showing respect to everyone around us however knowing who our special people are and knowing we are able to go to them when we need help, nurture and support.
All adults will make observations and provide professional judgement whilst assessments are made, your child's class teacher will be responsible for conducting parents evenings and writing end of year reports.
Lunchtime for Reception children is from 12.00noon until 1.00pm. In the early days, our Reception children will go into the hall for lunch early (from 11.45am) and some of the older children will go into the hall with our new Reception children and assist them with collecting their cutlery, getting their meal and tidying away after they have eaten.
Cucina Menu Options
Cucina, our school catering providers, serve hot and cold options in our primary phase hall on a daily basis. There are always meat and vegetarian options available and we cater for children with special dietary requirements, food intolerances or allergies - please ask at the school office for further details and ensure any dietary information regarding your child is included on our admission form. The current Cucina menu is available on our website. During the morning register the children talk about the menu options for that day and are asked to choose their meal, we believe that this increases great independence in our children and promotes children to try new foods. However, some parents want their children to have their hot meal at school, if this is the cases please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Free School Meals
From September 2014, as part of a new Government initiative, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. A main meal, dessert and drink will be provided every day with a meat or vegetarian option. For those parents/carers on a low income who are entitled to claim for Pupil Premium Free School Meals, it is important for the school that you still claim for the school to get its correct allocation of Pupil Premium funding. Eligibility for Pupil Premium funding can trigger £1,345 per child with an entitlement to free school meals, as well as other funding. If you have any queries about your entitlement please do not hesitate to speak to our office staff.
'My Child At School' — paying for your meals online (Years 3—6)
Once Universal Free School Meals is finished (the end of Year 2), we use an online meal payment system, 'My Child At School', to enable you to pay for your child’s meals in advance. Further information regarding 'My Child At School', including log-in details, will be sent home in September.
Going out to play at lunchtime
In the early days, our Reception children will spend their lunchtimes in the Reception classrooms and garden, with familiar members of staff and some of our older children acting as Reception buddies. As the children become more settled into their routine at school, our lunchtime supervisors will take the Reception children outside, where they will be able to play on the playground, in the ball zone, on the school field (on warm, dry days) or on the Trim Trails. Our Assistant Head of School oversees a team of lunchtime staff, who are all there to keep the children happy and safe at lunchtime.
During the morning session your child will have access to a piece of fruit or vegetable every day. Your child does not need to bring a snack to school from home. If your child is allergic or intolerant to any particular fruit or vegetables please make this clear on their admission form. We have a rolling snack station meaning that children can access snacks when they feel hungry, developing their independance in reacting to their bodies needs. As always, adults are on hand to support this where necessary.
During snack time, milk will be given to children whose parents/carers have applied for it. Please note that applications and payment for milk should be sent directly to Cool Milk and not sent to the school. You can apply for milk for your child via our school milk provider’s website: www.coolmilk.com. The Government fully fund the provision of milk for children under five years old who have registered. Once children become five years old, there is a charge.
We encourage you to send your child to school every day with water. This should be in a named clear plastic bottle, preferably with a sports cap, and will be sent home at the end of each day. Your child’s water bottle will be available for them to drink from in the classroom at all times and can be filled up in the classroom during the day.