The School Day
A Typical Day at Spetisbury
We strive to ensure that every child enjoys their time in school, feeling safe and making great progress.
8:30 The school day begins as the gate is open. The headteacher and other members of staff are at the gate to welcome each child in to school. The children can then play or chat with their friends before commencing their learning.
8:45 The classroom doors open and children are welcomed in to start their learning for the day.
8:50 Early Bird Maths and Registration: We expect all children to settle into their learning through some early morning activities. These activities help improve their skills and also prepare for the day as they are welcomed in through registration.
9:05 Mathematics: We teach in single aged classes where all children are supported to access the mathematics curriculum for their level. We teach children using a mastery approach to help broaden a child's knoweldge and see how mathematics is used in real life.
9:40 Daily Worship: This allows us all to come together as a whole school. We use our core values, the church calendar and current affairs to provide our themes. We also have a Celebration Assembly on a Friday where children are rewarded for their achievements both inside and outside of school. Parents are invited to this assembly which helps our children feel even more special.
10:00 Mathematics Part 2: Our children return to their classes to find more exciting challenges that have been set for them within their mathematics lesson.
10:30 Break: All chidlren from across the school play together in our beautiful outdoor space. Our play leaders make sure that there is a range of equipment and different activities for all children to enjoy.
10:50 Phonics / English Skills: Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are in their Phonics groups which allows them to build up their phonics knowledge in order that they can read and write with greater fluency and accuracy. Teacher assessments allow for movement between these groups in order that learning is pitched at an appropriate level.Children in Key Stage 2 focus on an English skill such as handwriting or a specific area of English grammar.
11:10 English: We encourage our children to gain a love of literature through using quality texts that allow them to develop their reading and writing through our structured English programme.
12:10 Lunchtime: Children eat together in our school hall or if the weather is good, outside on our picnic benches.Children can eat a hot school lunch or a packed lunch from home. Our lunchtime staff ensure that children participate in fun activities with their friends. We also offer sport clubs with outside providers during this time.
1:00 Guided reading: Afternoon lessons start with Registration and Guided Reading where we expose all children to quality literature to help improve their comprehension skills and further develop a love of reading.
1:30 Afternoon lessons: The afternoon allows for a more 'creative' curriculum. Children are taught a range of subjects by their class teacher including two hours of PE each week. We teach French as our Modern Foreign Language, encourage all children to play an instrument and code using computers. We support the teaching of our subjects through inviting visitors in, taking trips out and encouraging hands-on experiential learning.
3:00 Class novel: This is the perfect time to wind down after a fun filled day and share a class book that continues throughout the year.
3:15 End of the day: Children are led out by their teachers to the playground. Teachers and the headteacher are available on the playground at this time. Families are able to use our outside facilities until 4:00 which helps foster our community relationships.
3:15 After school clubs: Children are invited to attend a range of after school activities run by teachers, outside agencies and a growing number of parent volunteers!