Our School Day
Our days are action packed at Eastrop. Our playground gates (Park Avenue entrance) open early so that the families and children can be welcomed to school by Mr. Griffiths. Between 8.45 and 8.55a.m. the children are greeted by two of our experienced Teaching Assistants as they access the school building independently. The children hang their coats and book bags, change their home reading books and enjoy morning tasks set by their class teacher before Mrs. Bell or Mrs. Dixon rings the bell in time for the morning register.
Every morning (except Friday) the children start their day in small and specific groups to learn phonics (the letters and the sounds they make) which help them with their speaking, reading and writing. Teachers and Teaching Assistants help the children to learn by playing games and practicing sounds as well as reading and writing to see how well the children are using and applying their phonic knowledge.
Throughout the morning, linked to the year group’s theme, the children focus on English and Maths and with their teacher, follow the National Curriculum. At Eastrop, we place a strong emphasis on a rounded education so it’s very common to see the children painting, cooking, enjoying new books, listening to music, drawing, building and making, playing and investigating during what you may think of as more traditional English and Maths lessons.
Learning and Playing Outdoors
The children’s morning playtime starts at 10.30a.m. and finishes at 10.45a.m. Our outdoor facilities are great and they're always developing. We are lucky to have a large playground, a field, AstroTurf and two outdoor seating areas which are used for relaxing, playing, performances and learning during lesson and free time. There’s shelter for when the weather’s too hot or wet and the children in our Reception classes have a dedicated space which contains specialised play equipment.
We have a school hall in which we get together for whole school and class assemblies and use the same space for lunch time. Did you know that across the country, children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free, hot meal at lunchtime? At Eastrop, we split lunchtime into two sittings so that all children have enough space to eat and can socialise with their friends. Lunchtime starts at midday and ends at 1pm.
During the afternoon, the children continue to learn about their year group theme within lots of the other subjects within the National Curriculum.
School ends at 3pm when children pack their bags and meet their parents or carers on the playground. We provide a range of clubs and after school activities which usually last until 3.45p.m. These include: family Spanish, multisports, ballet, school choir, street dance and French.