The School Day

The Reception and Key Stage 1 school day is 08:45 to 15:15.

Children are welcomed at the door at 08:45 by a member of staff, so that they can start their early morning learning promptly with their Busy Fingers activities. Children who have attended Eagle Play Breakfast Club are taken directly to the classroom by staff.

Reception

Through the EYFS curriculum Reception children have free flow access to outdoor play across the school day.
Year 1 children will have some element of free flow, and some designated play times. Both classes will benefit from high quality physical play in local park and green spaces.

Lunch is served between 12:00 and 13:00 in a family style dining experience where children are encouraged to serve each other and take responsibility for the setting up and clearing away of the dining provision.
In addition to this, Reception and Key Stage 1 children have free access to daily fruit, vegetables, water and milk. Milk is provided free to under 5’s and is available for parents to buy into after that.

At the end of the school day we ask parents/carers to pick their children up promptly at 15:15. Children attending the Eagle Play Club after school are taken directly by school staff to the club.

You can view an example EYFS timetable below.. There is a flexible approach to the timetable and changes may occur on a daily or weekly basis. The day’s learning routines will develop and change as the children progress through the year, both personally and in their learning. At the beginning of the school year, there will be a greater focus on child-led activities. Once the children are settled into the daily routines, phonics and reading groups will be introduced. On going assessment will support planning for children’s next steps in learning. As the year progresses, adult-led learning will be increased, and by the end of the year the timetable will reflect the preparation for entering into Year 1. The children’s involvement in assemblies and collective worship will be introduced at a time and for a duration as appropriate.

8.45
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9.10
9.10
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9.20
9.20
to
9.50
10.00
to
10.45
11.00
to
11.45
11.45
to
12.00
12.00
to
1.00
1.00
to
1.10
1.10
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1.40
1.45
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2.45
2.55
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3.10
3.15
Monday Busy Fingers
Individual Readers
Registration
Timetable
Prayer
Phonics CIL Maths Maths Meeting
Story/song time
Lunch Registration Guided Reading CIL Collective Worship
Headteacher
Home Time
Tuesday Individual Readers PE at Central Topic RE Maths Meeting
Story/song time
Lunch Registration Phonics CIL Singing Assembly Home Time
Wednesday Busy Fingers
Individual Readers
Registration
Timetable
Prayer
Phonics CIL Topic UW Maths Meeting
Story/song time
Lunch Registration Maths CIL Collective Worship with Father David Home Time
Thursday Guided Reading Registration
Timetable
Prayer
Phonics CIL Maths Maths Meeting
Story/song time
Lunch Registration Topic EAD CIL Collective Worship in class Home Time (Change Reading Books)
Friday Busy Fingers
Individual Readers
Registration
Timetable
Prayer
Park PE Topic Music Maths Meeting
Story/song time
Lunch Registration Maths CIL Celebration Assembly Home Time

The Reception Curriculum has a child centered based philosophy. We firmly believe that children are innate learners with a curiosity and natural approach to problem solving and learning. As practitioners we work alongside the children to support and encourage their next steps. Alongside this we also promote and extend key skills in phonics, reading, writing and maths. Through the use of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework we help our children to flourish as independent learners who love learning.

Key Stage 1

Building on from the child centered approach in the EYFS, the curriculum in Year 1 will be practical, challenging and exciting. The key skills will continue to be developed alongside a love of learning for all areas of the curriculum, so that key skills can be transferred and embedded. Reading, writing and maths will remain at the heart of the curriculum and will be developed and promoted within all areas. The Key Stage 1 Curriculum will be planned with an emphasis on the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. This means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts. This allows them to master skills and knowledge at a deeper level. At St John’s we will be challenging our children to be independent learners who will acquire their knowledge and skills from real life contexts.