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A Typical Day

A typical day at St Matthew's C of E School 


Children can arrive at school from 8.30 am. From this time, the children can play on the yard (supervised) until the whistle goes at 8.45 am. During 2020-21, as we maintain a 'bubble' system to safeguard children against Covid, children can enter the school from 8.30 am, wash their hands and then go to their classroom.


We have collective worship, every morning, at 8.50 am. On Monday, we have a Values assembly based on our School Values led by our Headteacher, Miss Harrison. On Tuesday, normally we have a singing assembly, however due to Covid restrictions, we are not singing but have a Bible story and a prayer in class. On Wednesday, we have a topical assembly based on something that is happening in locally, nationally or internationally. On Thursday, the assembly is child led, led by our local Vicar or using an online collective worship. On Friday, we have a celebratory assembly where we talk about all the good things we have done that week and present certificates. Children also have the opportunity to share work.


In the morning, classes have a session called 'Hammer time'. During this time, the children will be focussing on basic skills (reading, handwriting, spelling) and also have the opportunity to respond to work marked from the previous day. The children work in their learning partners to make corrections and address any misconceptions. They may also access Lexia or Spelling Shed.


This is followed by Maths and English, including a daily phonics session for Key Stage 1 children.


Morning break is at 10.00 am for Class 1 and 10.20am to Class 2.


Dinner time starts at 11.45 am for Class 1 and 12.15 pm for Class 2.


Afternoon lessons start at 12.45 pm for Class 1 and 1.00 pm for Class 2. 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 afternoons, we have a specialist French teacher who runs sessions with Class 2 children. On Friday afternoons, the children either enjoy Art/DT activities and PE or take part in Forest School (Westnewton Goes Wild). 


We have a short afternoon break at 1.45 pm for Class 1 and 2.00 pm for Class 2 .


Home time is at 3.15 pm. However, due to Covid-19, we are currently staggering collection times. Class 1 leave between 3.10 - 3.15 and Class 2 leave between 3.15 - 3.20 pm. Children gather their things together and go out to be collected from the gate.