Start of the school day
At Huntington Primary Academy, the school gates open at 8.35 am and members of the SLT welcome families and pupils into the playground. Once safely inside the gates, children line-up in class groups so that they are ready for learning to begin. Classroom doors open at 8.40am when a familiar member of the teaching or support team greets each of the children and ensures there is smooth start to the day.
Children put their bags in their lockers, or on their pegs, and their packed lunches are kept on specific trolleys. Water bottles are taken with them into the classrooms for easy access. For our older children, who use a mobile phone to communicate with families on the way to and from school, we provide a safe storage location for their mobiles until they are handed back at the end of each school day. No mobiles phones are allowed in school during the school day.
Once the children are safely in their classroom, they immediately settle to their morning maths tasks while the teacher checks in with them and completes the attendance register. The children will also use this time to order their school lunch if required, if they haven’t already done so at home.
Any child arriving after the gates close will be required to come through the school office for a safe sign-in to school. If the register has already been taken, and it is after 9am, these pupils will be recorded as being a late arrival. Our office team will always ensure children arrive safely to their classroom as soon as possible.
So that we can be reassured of the whereabouts of each and every one of our children, any pupil for whom we do not have a record of absence and who is not marked as present in school, will receive a phone call home from our attendance officer, Mrs Dani Good.
The school week begins, for everybody each Monday morning, with a whole school assembly led by Mrs Holton. The week ends with a Friday celebration assembly for the whole school again led by a member of the Senior leadership team.
Other daily assemblies include KS specific British Value assemblies led by senior leaders, singing assemblies and faith assemblies led by youth groups, our local vicar and community support teams. We are keen to support national events, deliver messages and thoughts that provide our pupils with balanced and informed views of the world around them and allows them to feel they can be part of a their local and wider community as a good citizen. We value the power and depth of feeling music can provide and are keen to offer opportunities in these times together to discuss a range of musical genres offered to them as they enter and exit the school hall.
All our children reinforce their developing knowledge of their basic number skills in maths as they begin learning for the day. Then, throughout the morning at Huntington Primary Academy, they usually spend quality learning time focussing on the core skills of reading (phonics, fluency, stamina and comprehension), writing and numeracy. These care skills are at the heart of every curriculum area.
Reception/Key Stage 1 have playtime at 10.15am and KS2 at 10.30am. The children in each key stage go out to play separately in the mornings, to ensure that they have plenty of space to run around and be active with friends. Our team of teaching and support staff supervise these 15 minute breaks to ensure the safety and happiness of all children.
We have a strong and caring team of midday supervisors who work tirelessly to be the eyes and ears for all pupils during their lunchbreak. Alongside members of the SLT, they work to reinforce social behaviours such as appropriate interactions and using good table manners; they help wherever they can to echo our school values and develop the social learning of our children. All children eat their lunches in the school dining room/hall where a tasty and filling hot meal is always on offer to any child as a packed lunch alternative.
Our wonderful dedicated team of Y6 playleaders provide activities such as table tennis, dancing and archery for children during this time and we have rooms and specific outdoor spaces available for quiet time for those children who prefer not to be too energetic. Lunches are slightly staggered to allow us to maximise space available for all pupils.
In the afternoons, pupils study a carefully planned and themed topic with close links to the National Curriculum. These topic themes change on a termly basis and will deliver, reinforce and develop knowledge and skills through a range of subjects. Some may be weighted more heavily towards history, for example, Y5 studying World War 2, or towards geography with Y2 studying Africa, but our ‘sticky learning’ pedagogy ensures we regularly recap previously learnt key vocabulary and knowledge in all subjects.
PE lessons take place as timetabled throughout the day, specific activity brain breaks and active maths and English sessions also feature on the classes timetables, ensuring children’s health and well-being is at the forefront of their education.
We have three fully trained and experienced ELSA’s who focus on our children’s mental health and well-being, support social worries and work alongside the class teachers to ensure all our children have a way of voicing worries and know that there is always someone available for them to speak to. This hugely valuable work takes place continuously and quietly throughout each school day and provides a security and warmth wherever the need is identified.
Lessons and learning
We provide a broad and balanced school curriculum, based on year group topic themes. Learning takes place continuously, and experiences provided can be identified in the following subject areas, as set out in the National Curriculum.
Design & Technology
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
In Reception the pupils follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum and are taught across 6 areas of learning:
Communication & Language
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Expressive Arts & Design
Understanding The World