All the classes in school are named after birds, starting with the youngest children who are the Cygnets and going up to the Swans, Falcons and Owls in Year 5/6. Each class has its own page on the website which can be found by using the drop down menu on the Children's section.
The children in Cygnets are with us for six sessions per week - either mornings or afternoons plus one full day. As the name suggests, it is where the foundations of their school life are laid , preparing them for the exciting journey that is ahead of them.
The times for their sessions are:- 9.00a.m. - 11.30a.m.
and 1.00p.m. to 3.30p.m.
Mrs Cottee is the teacher in Foundation 1, supported by Mrs Clay
This is where the children start full time in school, and also where they stay for lunch for the whole week. All children in reception are entitled to a free hot meal at lunchtime through universal infant free school meals.
The work the children do in their classes will build on what went before, and start to prepare them for their entry into the infants school. The curriculum is largely play based, but play with a purpose, linked in to the developmental needs of the children. They will improve their reading skills through a structured phonics based approach, develop number skills, broaden their understanding of the world around them, develop physical skills and explore creative subjects.
The times for children in Robin and Goldfinch are 8.50a.m. until 3.30p.m. with lunch from 12.00a.m. - 1.00p.m.
The teachers are Mrs Konstantinou in Robin and Mrs Cottee in Goldfinch. They also havethe support of a number of teaching assistants throughout the week.
The rest of the school is divided into the infants and the juniors (known as Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (KS1 and KS2 for short)).
There are three infant classes, each with a mix of year 1 and year 2 children, and the teachers are Mrs Steed, Mrs Balchin and Miss Mee.
Although they are based in a different building, their day is similar to that of the children in the juniors (see the time-table below). They eat their dinners in the hall in the junior building, or eat sandwiches in their classrooms. These children are also entitled to a free hot dinner, and this is served as "family service" - the children all sit around tables in groups and their dinner is served at the table, much as it would be at the family dinner table.
The children share some of their assemblies with the juniors, but have some separate in their own hall. They also have their own playground.
The Juniors are split into six classes. The lower juniors are taught by Miss Hardstaff, Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Stonham who all have a mixture of Year 3 and 4 children.
The upper juniors, which are year 5 and 6 classes are taught by Miss Quarmby, Miss Morrison and Miss Woods.
By the time the children have made their journey through our school, our little Cygnets have turned into mighty Swans!