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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. 


We have collective worship, in the morning, at 8.50 am, which is centred around our school values. On Mondays, we have a topical assembly led by our Headteacher, Miss Harrison. On Tuesdays, we have a singing assembly. On Wednesdays, we have our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assembly. On Thursdays, the assembly is child led or led by our local Vicar. 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, 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 a daily phonics session for Key Stage 1 children.

Morning break is at 10.20 am and dinner time starts at 12.00 noon.

Afternoon school starts at 1.00 pm. 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 and Music teacher who runs sessions with the children. 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 pm and then home time is at 3.15 pm. Children gather their things together and go out to be 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.