The School Day & Term Dates

As we welcome back our children we continue to adhere to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance as well as regular cleaning and sanitising to stay safe throughout school.

We ask that all families please follow the hearts and abide by the one-way system at drop-off and collection.

 

Term Dates 2021 – 22

 

Drop off and Pick up Times

Reception: 8:45 -> 3:10

Key Stage 1: 8:40 -> 3:15

Key Stage 2: 8:35 -> 3:20

 

School staff greet and welcome every child as they walk into school either through Station Way or Theatre Way.

Reception

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.

Through the EYFS curriculum Reception children have free flow access to outdoor play across the school day.

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 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.

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 Collective Worship is encouraged very early to when they start school so that they can feel part of the St John’s family as quickly as possible.

 

 

Key Stage 1

Building on from the child centered approach in the EYFS, the curriculum in Year 1 and Year 2 is practical, challenging and exciting. The key skills of reading, writing and maths remain at the heart of the curriculum and continue to be developed alongside a love of learning for all areas of the curriculum.

The Key Stage 1 Curriculum is 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 retrieve and apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts. This then enables 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.

Children have a morning and lunchtime play and enjoy family style dining every day.

All children take part in daily Collective Worship and have the opportunity to participate and lead.

 

 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, we continue to promote a love of learning whilst extending retrieval and cognitive challenge. The school day is a balance of the key skills of reading, writing and maths alongside a broad and balanced curriculum. The school day is slightly extended and our children still learn both in and out of the classroom with our ethos of learning from and supporting the local community.

Children have a morning and lunchtime play and enjoy family style dining every day.

All children take part in daily Collective Worship and have the opportunity to participate and lead.