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A Typical Day

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


During 2022-23, children can enter the school from 8.30 am, wash their hands and then go to their classroom. Once the building work has been completed, children will be allowed to play on the playground during the summer term.


School starts at 8.45 am when registration takes place.


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, we have a singing assembly led by Miss Harrison, however, if we have an infectious outbreak, we will suspend singing and have a Bible story and a prayer in class. On Wednesday, led by Mrs Harrison, we have a topical assembly based on something that is happening locally, nationally or internationally. On Thursday, the assembly is led by our local Vicar or is a pupil led assembly on one of our school values. Occasionally, we may use an online collective worship. On Friday, we have a celebratory assembly led by Mrs Jenkins, where we share 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 for all children is at 10.15 am. 


Dinner time starts at 12.00 pm.


Afternoon lessons start at 1.00 pm. The lessons which follow cover the rest of the curriculum: PE, Science, Geography, History, Art and DT, French (KS2), Music, Computing, RE and PSHE. On Friday afternoons, the children either enjoy Art and PE or take part in Forest School (Westnewton Goes Wild). 


We have a short afternoon break 2.00 pm for all children.


Home time is at 3.15 pm. Children gather their things together and can be collected from the gate.


8.45am - 3.15pm gives the children a 32.5 hour school week, in line with DfE guidance.