The School Day

School Organisation

Our school is organised into three parts:

Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

School Times

We stagger the start and end of the school day for our strands to ensure that children have a calm and independent start and end to their day, with a reduced number of children entering and leaving the school site at the same time. We aim to keep families within the same strand so that siblings can start and end their school day at the same time. Our aim is to ensure that strands arrive steadily between 8.25 am and 8.50 am, and leave steadily between 3.00 pm and 3.20 pm, allowing every child and their parents / carers the opportunity to be greeted personally by classroom staff and other key staff including the Headteacher, Deputy and Assistant Headteachers.  

Grayling strand begin their day at 8.30 am and leave at 3.00 pm

Meadow strand begin their day at 8.40 am and leave at 3.10 pm

Skipper / Chalkhill strands begin their day at 8.50 am and leave at 3.20 pm
 
Please note that classroom staff will greet children on the gates 5 minutes before the times indicated above to allow them to be in the classroom for the start of their day (registration time).
 
Breaks
 
Foundation classes have their lunch break between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm.
Year 1 classes have their lunch break between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm.
Year 2, 3 and 4 classes have their lunch break between 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm
 
All classes take a 15 minute break during the morning session and Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 may take an additional 10 minute break during the afternoon session.
 

Collective Worship

Acts of Collective Worship (referred to as ‘assemblies’) are very much part of our school life. They provide an opportunity to enhance the community life and atmosphere of the school. Assemblies are used to illustrate and embed the values and principles which underpin the Damers ethos. It is important all staff and children are involved in whole school assemblies however a child can be withdrawn if their parents have made a special request on grounds of faith. At Damers we have whole school, key stage and year group assemblies.

9.00-9.30 am Monday and 2.30-3.00 pm Friday – whole school assembly.

These are usually led by the Headteacher and are a celebration and reflection of our Jigsaw themes that promote good relationships and citizenship.