Daily Routines

Orchard Vale nursery provides places for 26 children in a dedicated nursery unit including a playroom, outdoor area, toilet, laundry room, sensory room and kitchen. It is staffed by a teacher and a level 3 NVQ trained early year’s practitioner.
Fully trained assistants support 3 lunchtimes and children are able to choose between a packed lunch and a hot dinner provided by the school kitchen.
Lunchtime is from 11:30am until 12:30pm.
If your child is having a cooked lunch, please let the teacher know what they are having as they will go to the kitchen and bring the lunch down from the kitchen. You can buy dinner tickets from the school office (a book of 5 is £11).
Children allocated a place in the Nursery are now entitled to 15 hours of state funded education per week.
The timings of the nursery sessions are as follows: -
Session 1 - 8.30am – 9.30am
Session 2 - 9.30am – 11.30am
Session 3 - 11.30am – 12.30pm (this being the lunchtime period)
Session 4 - 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Session 5 - 2.30pm – 3.30pm

We request that you use the nursery garden for the 8.30am drop-off and the 3.30pm pick-up, and at any other times use the coffee shop entrance to collect your children (where an intercom system is in operation).
When your child arrives in the morning there will be a range of activities laid out on tables for you to share with them after the doors open at 8:30am.

Please put Home/ School books, drinks bottles, book bags and coats in the areas provided.
In the reception classes there will be a different activity set out each day linked to an area of learning. Please support your child with this activity or let the teacher know if you need to go so that children can be supported with their morning task.

The register is taken at 8:45am and your child’s teacher will let you know when this is, so you can quietly creep away.
School ends at 3:10pm so at the end of the day we will help your child to gather up their belongings and your child’s teacher will open the outside classroom door.
When you arrive your child’s name will be called and you may collect them from class. Please try not to use the internal doors as this may cause disruption at this very busy time of the day.

Mornings can get very busy, so if you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please talk to them at the end of the session or day in order that problems may be dealt with appropriately.

Alternatively a note may be written in your child’s Home/school communication book and handed to their teacher at the start of the session. Or, an appointment can be made after school at a mutually convenient time.
Year 1 and 2
Classrooms are open from 8:30am and children are encouraged to complete a range of morning tasks and activities. Please feel free to stay and settle your child to their task until 8.45 when the register is taken. Teachers will let you know when it is register time so you can quietly creep away.
Please let the teacher know if your child is having a school dinner or a packed lunch.

The morning can be a busy time for both parents and teachers, so if you need to speak to us, it may be more appropriate to make an appointment after school. Of course, if you have information that needs to be passed on directly, please feel free to talk to us or a teaching assistant.
Key Stage 1 playtime is at 9:50am until 10:10am. We encourage all the children to go outside for some fresh air during break times unless the weather is too bad so it is really important for children to bring in named coats/waterproofs.
The children go to lunch between 11:45am and 12:30pm. They usually spend around 20 minutes eating their lunch in the hall, but as they are only young we understand that they may take a little longer. 
School ends at 3:10pm and your child will then be sent outside to meet you, once the teacher has seen you. If you think you may be a little late, please phone the office to avoid your child becoming worried.

If you have any changes in your regular collection arrangements please let us know so that we can ensure the safety of the children.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Children are welcome in class from 8:30am and are encouraged to take part in a range of morning tasks and activities.
In each classroom morning work is set on the board for the children to come in and try independently. The tasks vary, but we will always try to make sure they are at the right level for your child and clearly explained. We encourage children to think about what they are being asked to do, and to do the work themselves so prompt them by all means, but please don’t be tempted to write for them – we want to get their brains working ready for the day ahead!

The register is taken at 8:45am and your class teacher will let you know when this is so you can creep quietly away.
Please make sure your child knows if they are having a packed lunch or school dinner and supply them with a dinner ticket which can be brought from the school office (a book of 5 is £11).
We try to start the day with a ‘Take 10’ exercise session at 9:00am, which will often be done outside.
There is lots of evidence to suggest that children perform in the classroom much better once they have had some exercise, and we feel the benefits are very worthwhile. It also forms part of our wide ranging PE curriculum.

Key Stage 2 playtime is at 10:10am until 10:30am. We encourage all the children to go outside for some fresh air during break times unless the weather is too bad so it is really important for children to bring in named coats/waterproofs.

Lunchtime is from 12:15pm to 1:15pm. Most children are in the dining hall for approximately 20 minutes and then have play time until 1:00pm. Each lunchtime the children are encouraged to take part in a large range of lunchtime activities such as football, basketball, the fitness trail, hockey or tennis to name but a few.
At 1.00pm children come into class with a teaching assistant for ‘circle time’ which helps them to settle and prepare for afternoon school.

For Key Stage 2 children the school day ends at 3:15pm.
The children will gather all their belongings together, including their drinks containers and lunch boxes and will be brought out to the playground to their parents by their class teacher. This allows class teachers to ensure the children leave the building safely and can have time to pass on any information to parents in the school playground.

Keeping in touch with parents is very important to us here at Orchard Vale. If you have an urgent query or message teachers are available to chat to you in the morning. However, this is often a very busy time of day and it is difficult to give you our full attention so if you have a more lengthy issue that you wish to discuss please arrange a mutually agreeable time with your class teacher.
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