The School Day & Timetable
8.15 – 8.40 Children arrive at school
9.00 – 10.20 Lessons 1 and 2
10.20 – 10.40 Break
10.40 – 12.00 Lessons 3 & 4
12.40 Playtime (some girls may be involved in tennis coaching)
1.10 – 3.00 Lessons 5, 6 and 7 (for Reception)
1.10 – 3.15 Lessons 5, 6 and 7 (for Forms 1 and 2)
A Typical Day in the Lower School
Teachers are in their classrooms ready to receive the children from 8.15 a.m. and the girls need to be at school in good time for registration which takes place at 8.40 a.m. During this time various fine motor skills’ activities will be set out for the girls to begin their learning for the day.
Most of the morning lessons are taken up with numeracy and literacy, and topic based lessons take place in the afternoon. Specialist lessons will be fitted in at various points during the day to provide a balanced timetable.
At morning break there is a snack of a biscuit and a drink of water or milk. The girls are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit to eat at this point.
At lunchtime children in Reception sit at tables with other girls from their form. Years 1 and 2 are on mixed tables so that they get to know children in the form above or below. The table plans are changed termly. There is a choice of menu for all the children including a hot meat dish, a hot vegetarian option, a salad bar and homemade bread. There will also be a choice of fruit, yoghurt or a pudding and a drink of water. Each table has a member of staff eating at the table and all children are encouraged to use their knife and fork properly and have good table manners.
Morning breaks take place on the Lower School playground and the girls are able to use the climbing apparatus on a rotational basis. As much as is possible, the longer lunch break takes place on the school field.
Assembly takes place on most days of the week. On Fridays there is a “Good Work Assembly” where effort, good behaviour, manners and birthdays are celebrated and recognized.
The most important part of Homework in the Lower School is developing a love of reading through regular practice and enjoying books at home. Other pieces of homework will reinforce concepts or skills covered during the school day.