A Typical Day in the Early Years Department
Children are allowed to enter the classrooms between 8:30am and 8:50am. All children are expected to be in their classrooms by 8:50am at the latest, ready for registration. Early Morning Club is an optional club open to children from Nursery to Year 3. Nursery and Reception children should go to the EYFS classes from 8.00 am.
The class teacher or teaching assistant will be at the door to welcome the children every morning. The children are encouraged to say goodbye to their parents in the cloakroom and come into the classroom where a welcome activity will be set up. This ensures a calm and productive start and sets the tone for the rest of the day. Once the children have completed the short task they are then allowed to play.
Please use the message / reading record books as a form of communication between home and school. If you need time to speak with your child’s teacher then please arrange an appointment that is mutually convenient.
The morning lessons are predominantly taken up with numeracy and literacy and the other subjects take place in the afternoon. At morning break there is a snack of fruit and a drink of water or milk. Once a week the children have bread and butter. Break is at 10:30am, snack is taken before or after break.
At lunchtime children in Nursery are served at their tables whilst in Reception, children are able to serve themselves. There is a choice of menu for all the children including a salad bar, fruit or a pudding and a drink of water. Each table has a member of staff eating at the table and all children are encouraged to use their knife and fork properly and have good table manners.
The Nursery children are encouraged to choose their own food at lunchtime with help from the Nursery staff. This is to encourage independence for when they transfer to Reception.
The Nursery children do not go out into the lower courtyard for their break times but do make use of the Reception garden and the adventure playground and ship.
The Reception children share the lower courtyard playground with the children in years one and two at playtimes. When the weather allows, the children spend their lunch playtimes on the school field. They also enjoy playing in the adventure playground. If it is very wet or cold the children use the sports hall for a run around or watch a DVD in the Adlington Hall.
The children attend assemblies on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday. They also attend hymn practice with Mr Warner on a Thursday. Monday’s assembly is led by Mrs Bush, Tuesdays’ assembly is taken by Miss O’Connell and hymn practice is taken by Mr Warner on Thursdays. Friday assembly is “Merit and Birthday” assembly and this is when certificates are handed out by Mr Davies or Mrs Bush. If your child has a trophy or certificate that has been awarded to them at a club from outside school, they may bring this to the Friday assembly.
In the afternoon break there is a snack that can be a biscuit, cheese and bread sticks or raisins and a drink of water or milk.