The School Day

Year Group



Break time

Lunch time


8:45am – 11:45am

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Given throughout the session

11:45am – 12:30pm


(EY entrance)



Given throughout the session

11:45am – 12:45pm


(KS1 gate)

8:40am for 8:45am start


Years 1 – 3

10:15am – 10:30am

Years 1 - 3

11:45am – 12:45pm


(Community pavilion entrance)

8:40am for 8:45am start


Years 4 – 6

10:30am – 10:45am

Years 4 - 6

12:15pm – 1:15pm


Arrangements for September:

As explained on our previous newsletter, COVID-19 has brought some positive change and staff and governors have been carefully considering our school day arrangements for September. Going forward, from Tuesday 7th September, we have adopted a new timetabling structure to help support and adapt to the evolving needs of our school community.


Start of day procedures:

We feel that the use of separate gates for entering and leaving the premises for our KS1 and KS2 pupils (e.g. KS1 gate and Community Pavilion entrance), reduces crowding and is a better way of managing the start and end of the school day.


The school day for Years 1 - 6 will officially commence at 8:45am (gates will open at 8:40am). The purpose of a five-minute settling in period, allows for traffic, car parking difficulties and to prevent over-crowding within the cloakrooms – we believe that this will help us to provide a calm start to the day. Registers will be taken at 8:45am and lessons will commence as soon as pupils enter the classroom.


The door to our Reception pupils will then open at 8:50am – this allows parents an opportunity to drop-off older siblings at the KS1/KS2 gates and walk to the Early Years’ setting for handover, if required.


Our Nursery children will start their day at 8:45am (as per normal), before Reception pupils enter the classroom at 8:50am.  



Staff have also carefully considered playtimes and how we can best continue to nurture pupils’ social, emotional and play development, during these times.


The COVID-19 playtime staggers have meant that there are fewer children on the yard, congestion is less, and behaviour is better as pupils have more space to play. We feel that children will be able to make more use of the new playground equipment and markings – and we can facilitate playground games more easily. This routine is familiar to pupils, as it is what they have become accustomed to, throughout the last eighteen months.


We also know that children often enjoy playing with peers from different year groups, and the new government guidance recognises that bubbles no longer need to exist from September 2021 and therefore children can mix with peers from different year groups, outdoors.


Because of this, pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 (10:15am – 10:30am) will have playtime together, and pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 will have a slightly later playtime (10:30am – 10:45am).



From September 2021, we hope our lunchtime arrangements will see pupils eating dinner within our shared catering hall, as opposed to their classroom, and we look forward to allowing pupils an opportunity to mix with their peers around shared tables.


Provisional lunchtimes have also been agreed with our new catering and lunchtime supervision teams with EY (including 30-hour provision) and Years 1 – 3 lunchtimes occurring between11:45am – 12:45pm and Years 4 – 6 enjoying lunch at 12:15pm and 1:15pm.


Departure procedures:

All classes (Reception to Year 6) will be in school for 6.5 hours per day. As previously described, we will continue to use the KS1/Community gates for end of day departure off the site. Pupils (in Years 5 and 6) who walk home by themselves, will continue to depart via the MUGA and Community Pavilion exit.