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A Typical Day

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


During 2021-22, children can enter the school from 8.30 am, wash their hands and then go to their classroom or play on the playground during the summer term. School starts at 8.45 am.


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 led by Mrs Johnston, however if we have a Covid 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 using an online collective worship. Sometimes, children will lead the assembly. On Friday, we have a celebratory assembly led by Mrs Bewley, 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 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, Topic (including Geography and History), Art and DT, French (KS2), Music, Computing and RE. 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 2.00 pm for all children.


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 can be collected from the gate.