In Early Years 1 and 2, students can attend school either mornings only or the full school day. Kindergarten students attend for the full school day. Regular school hours are 8.50 to 15.30.
Day in the Life
The school day begins as the children start arriving from 8.30. Classes start at 8.50.
In Kindergarten the teachers and assistants welcome the children to the Outdoor Learning environment, which includes the mud kitchen, the sand pit, the climbing tree, the pond area and the fire pit. All children in the Early Years have the opportunity to explore and learn here twice a day, taking advantage of whatever the weather brings - sunshine, showers and sometimes snow! Every Thursday and Friday one of our classes spends the whole morning at the local forest, exploring this wonderful, natural environment.
Back in the classrooms the day begins with a morning meeting when teachers and children plan their day together, with learning engagements framed around the units of inquiry. In Early Years 1 the children choose which room they would like to explore: the Art Studio, The Construction Room or the Role Play room; or there is always some cooking or baking to help with.
Each morning at about 10.00 there is time for a snack together and then maybe time for singing or to visit the library before their first Outdoor Learning session. In Kindergarten the morning’s activities might include Writers’ or Readers’ Workshops, German or a swimming lesson at the local pool.
At 12.00 everyone takes a break for lunch. Our youngest children in Early Years1 and 2 eat lunch together in their classroom and then rest or nap if they need to. They have time together as a class before they head off for their second session of Outdoor Learning.
Kindergarteners enjoy their time together eating lunch, before going outside to play. They come in refreshed and ready for the afternoon when they might try a Maths investigation, have a Physical Education lesson or maybe visit the Library to choose a book to take home.
At 15.25 the day is finished and everybody packs up ready to meet parents outside or head to the school bus to be taken safely home.