Our school day
Arrival Either Mr Kilkenny our Headteacher, or Miss Griffiths our Deputy are available first thing in the morning from 8.45am on the playground for an informal chat. Harlequin Class come straight into the classroom area to get ready for the day by finding their name for self-registration and putting their coat/bag on their labelled peg and sorting their items into the correct spaces, such as Reading Packets, Homework books and drinks bottles. We ask that you provide your child with a book bag for reading books, letters and work to be sent home, and a labelled bottle for during the day. Children are provided with a mid-morning fruit snack and can pay for a carton of milk through the www.coolmilk.com website. If your child will be having a packed lunch, a trolley is situated in the playground for lunch bags.
Morning Challenge We invite parents / carers straight into the classroom foyer between 8.45 and 9.00am to avoid congestion in the cloakroom area and to let the children have a calm start to the day. Here they are encouraged to put all their things in the right places with support from an adult and come into the room to begin a Morning Challenge activity. We feel that this relaxed but purposeful start to the morning aids the children in separating from their paret / carer in a positive way. Either Mrs Barclay, Miss Oliver or Miss Blewitt are usually situated at the entrance to the classroom door to asist with any queries or messages. Our goal is for your child to be happy, confident and settled from the start.
Stay and play After an initial settling in period, parents and carers are invited to spend time in the classroom on Thursday mornings from 8.45-9.15. These Stay and play sessions give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your child's school environment, see some of the work on display in the classroom, and enjoy a range of fun activities together.
Assembly Every morning the children gather in the hall for collective worship. On Friday we hold a special celebration assembly at which the Harlequin Class star is announced, along with stars from other classes, and School star, Lunchtime star. Children can also be awarded a Teacher or Headteacher Award for special effort in their work and parents are invited to the Friday assembly to see their child recieve this award.
Morning session Our day is organised into alternating sessions of self-chosen learning activities, and teacher-directed learning, and the morning session is carefully structured to provide a balance of:
- Free play
- Guided adult-led learning activities
- Reflection time
- Focussed phonics, literacy and math sessions
The relative duration of these sessions is tailored according to the age and aptitude of your child, with children grouped into bands: 30-50 months, 40-60 months, and Independent learners. Throughout the day the children are able to explore a range of toys, games and activities which are carefully tailored to support our core curriculum and creative curriculum topics. As they play and learn they are continuously assessed, to determine their current stage and next steps.
Lunchtime Lunch is 12-1pm. Children will collect their lunch bags, or make their selection from the school dinner menu, before taking a seat at their allocated lunch table in the hall. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals but if you do not wish your child to take advantage of free school meals on some or all days each week, we ask that you let us know each Monday which, if any, days your child will require a school meal. You can let us know your child's lunch arrangements by contacting Mrs Pick in the office.
Afternoon session During the afternoon children will either continue with lessons and play, or take part in additional curricular activities, such as RE, PE and Topic sessions. We ask that all children have a full PE kit in school at all times in case of additional activities or changes to the timetable. We are lucky at Newton to have PE sessions led by dedicated sports coached from Premier Sport.
Hometime School finishes at 3.15pm and you will be able to collect your children from the playground. You child's safety is very important to us, so we will only release them into the care of a recognised family member or carer. If you should need to nominate an alternative adult to collect your child please let the office know in advance. For information on after school care please click here.