Day in the life
In the Primary School, children begin filtering into the school at around 8.30 and continue arriving over the next 20 minutes as children are dropped off by parents or arrive by school bus. Classrooms are open and teachers are waiting to welcome students to begin the day. Children engage in a variety of independent activities or socialise with friends until the teacher takes attendance to start the school day at 8.50.
Children spend the majority of most school days in their homeroom classroom. At different times during the day the grade-level learning support and English as an Additional (EAL) teachers come in to team-teach with the homeroom teacher or work with smaller groups of children in the classroom. At times, other specialist teachers such as our Ed-Tech coaches, Librarians, Mathematics Coachor Arts Teachers may come to visit the classroom to provide support in their particular area of expertise. Classes also make a weekly visit to the Library where they can check out a range of engaging literature to read in class and at home.
At times during the school day children move to other areas of the school to attend specialist lessons for Physical Education, Music or German. In Grades 4 and 5 students also attend weekly musical instrument lessons.
Children enjoy multiple opportunities to play outside everyday and enjoy their lunches together in the school lunchroom.
The time in the homeroom classroom revolves around a series of six engaging transdisciplinary units of inquiry. These units are transdisciplinary in that they incorporate elements of Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, the Arts, and Physical, Social and Personal Education (PSPE), while focusing on a set of broad conceptual understandings. These units are used as a focus for developing knowledge, concepts, and skills, as well as positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning and growth.
As half-past three approaches, children begin packing their bags to head home. Some children board the school buses, while others are picked up by their parents. Many children participate in our after-school activities programme and head home closer to 17.00.