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A Typical Day

This is what a typical day at St Matthew's School is like:

Children can arrive at school from 8:30, from this time they play on the yard (supervised) until the whistle goes at 8:45. 

We have collective worship in the morning at 8:50, which is centred around our school values. On Monday we have a topical assembly led by Mrs Satterthwaite, on Tuesday we have a singing assembly, on Wednesday we have our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assembly, on Thursday the assembly is child led or led by our local Vicar, and on Fridays we have a celebratory assembly where we talk about all the good things we have done that week, and present certificates. 


In the morning both classes have a session on individual reading, and during this time they also have the opportunity to respond to work marked from the previous day and to go on Lexia. The children work in their learning partners to make corrections and address any misconceptions. This is followed by Maths and English, including daily phonics session for KS1.


Morning break is at 10:20, and dinner time starts at 12.00. 

Afternoon school starts at 1:00. The lessons which follow cover the rest of the curriculum: PE, Science, Topic (including Geography and History), Art and DT, Computing and RE. On Tuesday afternoon we have a specialist French and Music teacher in who run sessions with the children, and on Friday afternoons the children either complete an Enterprise session, Cooking and Nutrition session, or take part in Forest School (Westnewton Goes Wild). Following the Enterprise session children share their work, commenting on successes and ways to improve.

We have a short afternoon break at 2:00, then home time at 3:15. Children gather their things together and go out to get collected on the yard.


We also run after school clubs on Monday and Thursday nights. We provide a broad selection of activities throughout the year, including: archery, cooking, art and crafts, reporter club, sports, film club, eco-team, Sphere club, and SATs club in the summer term.