Here are the timings of our school day:
||Start of the School Day
|9.00 to 10.30am
|10.30 to 10.45am
|10:45am to 12:05pm
|12.05 to 1.00pm
||Lunch and Playtime
|1.05 to 3.00pm
|Afternoon Playtime- is taken at a convenient point in the afternoon
10 minutes for Key Stage 2
15 minutes for Key Stage 1
|3:00pm- Assembly/Collective Worship
Every day except Tuesday when it is held at 1:00pm and led by Rev, Chris.
Be in on time! School starts at Five to Nine.
Ready for a day at school
The whistle blows at 8.55am each morning and children are expected to be in the playground by this time.
Parents may wait with their children but are asked to encourage them to go to their class circle independently when the bell rings at 8.55am. Class teachers will then welcome the children and accompany them into school.
We ask that your child brings their belongings in with them after the bell rings. Before this time we ask that they leave their bags on a bench or in the summer house until the bell goes. Children should only need to come into school for the toilet or with important messages for the office.
In reception before school is an important settling time so we offer parents the opportunity to come into the classroom from 8:45 with their child. We would like parents to then leave by 8:55 so that registration and lessons can then begin.
The school playground is open and supervised from 8:30am each day and there is a drop off zone using the layby, in order to support road safety. If you need to drop your child off at school before 8:30am you will need to send them to Breakfast Club which operates from 8:00 – 8:30am every day at a cost of £2 on Monday to Thursday and 50p on Friday when we encourage more children to join us for breakfast. The child have breakfast with Mrs Platt in the kitchen then join the others on the playground at 8:30.
Morning Teaching Sessions
The focus for morning sessions is literacy and mathematics. Maths is made up of a maths lesson and a ‘maths on track’ session (MOT) which a spaced across the morning. Literacy follows a similar pattern with a literacy skills session and a literacy lesson included in the morning activities.
English lessons include aspects of speaking, listening reading and writing as well as the teaching of specific skills such as spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar. Quality text are used as a stimuli and often link to topic themes.
Early reading is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1; together with a range of activities and experiences aimed at developing understanding and nurturing a love of books and reading. As pupils progress in their decoding skills, there is more emphasis on independent language comprehension and analysis of different writing styles. Project X books and reading gems are used to develop reading skills across the school.
All teaching assistants and a class teacher supervise play time and there is always plenty for the children to do at break time.
They have access to a variety of playground equipment, can use the adventure trail and or just still quietly on the benches or in the playhouses with their friends.
Our Collective Worship is based upon Values and we use Roots and Fruits and Values for Life to select values to focus on alongside our 4 Castlemorton Cs- Care cooperation, commitment and confidence. Each half-term we concentrate on the selected value through music, prayers and a variety of stories including those from the Bible and other faiths.
Other assemblies include Well Done assembly, responsibility group focus, praise assembly and our special Gold Book assembly when we invite parents in to share the celebration on the last Monday of each half term. . We also have a weekly visit from Reverend Chris who uses his story board to tell bible stories. Assemblies always include an act of worship.
Lunchtime Supervisors look after the children during this time. We can offer a hot meal at lunch time prepared cooked and transported by Black Pepper Lunches. Healthy option menus and an order form are available directly on the Black Pepper website http://www.blackpepperlunches.com and also from the school office each week for the following week. Children may also bring a packed lunch to eat at midday if they wish to.
We ensure that the children sit with other year groups at lunch time with the older children helping the younger ones with cutting food, opening packets, etc.
Each week we have a ‘Top Table’ which is awarded for sensible behaviour, and helping to keep the dining room neat and tidy.
Afternoon Teaching Sessions
In the afternoons children will generally be carrying out topic work or discrete subject lessons.
Topics often include a wide range of subjects and are designed to suit the needs and interests of the children. Children are encouraged to support with the content and direction of learning within topics so that they have real ownership for their chosen topic and are motivated and excited about what they are learning.
Sometimes particular subjects or themes are taught in a block over several sessions for example- DT, E-Safety Week and Science Week.
Subjects often taught discretely include Science, French, PE and Religious Education.
At the end of the day the children in Key Stage 2 will be brought out by class teachers to meet parents. We always ensure that children are met by a parent or known adult and take any uncollected children back into school for safety.
In Key Stage 1 children are brought to the yellow class gate and staff ensure that they are collected by a parent or known adult.
If you are going to be late do contact us as we do not mind looking after children for a while if necessary. If someone different to the normal routine is collecting your child, please let us know by speaking directly to your child’s class teacher or informing the school office.
Wrap Around Care
We link up with outside provision for after school care and use Kids Kapers and Orchard Explorers as our main providers. Both collect from school daily and operate until 6pm.
We offer a range of enrichment activities after school until 4:15 from Monday to Thursday. Please see school club page for more details.