The School Day

  • School Day For Reception, KS1 and KS2
  • School Day For Nursery


The school day for primary school children starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm for Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils and 3.30pm for Key Stage 2 pupils.

Registration is from 9am to 9.10am.


We have a whole school assembly at 9.10am every day except Tuesday and Friday, for Y1- Y6 in the main hall led either by the Head Teacher, Deputy Head or on a Wednesday a class teacher.

The weekly topics for assembly have been divided between PSHCE and RE subjects. See our Assemblies page for more detailed information about this.

Each Tuesday a House Group Assembly takes place where two teachers mentors allocated to each of the three House Groups (Blue, Green and Yellow) take the assemblies with the pupils from their house group in a less formal setting in classrooms.

On Friday afternoon we hold a whole school assembly in the main hall, where the stars of the week from each class are presented with a certificate detailing their achievement. Also, the house points are added up from each class and head boy and girl from the winning house group are presented with the winners trophy.

Morning playtime

Children have a morning break from 10.30 – 10.45.

Reception children have break times which are flexible as they have constant access to the Reception outdoor play area through out the school day.


All children start their lunch break at 11.55am. Children in Key Stage 2 finish their lunch break at 12.55pm and children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 finish their lunch break at 1.10pm.



Afternoon playtime

All children except for Reception children have an afternoon break from 2.15pm - 2.30pm



Drop-off and collection

At the beginning of the school day, all children should be in the school playground for 8.50am to ensure that they are in school for 8.55am. All children in Key Stage 1 and Years 3 & 4 must be taken to and collected from school by an adult. If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. We would remind parents that we discourage smoking in the school yard when bringing and collecting children, and that dogs are not permitted on the school grounds. 


Getting to school

Please make sure that your child is taught to use the gates either side of the school, on Wenlock Road and Simonside Hall as the main drive is used by heavy traffic.

Children and adults should not use the car park entrance as it is used by heavy goods vehicles and is dangerous. The car park at Lord Blyton is for staff only.

School yard doors are locked after the bell sounds and the children have entered the building. Once locked, the doors will not be opened and your child must report to the late office at the side of the sports hall (opposite the year 1/2 entrance door). Lateness is monitored by the school and the Education Welfare Officer.




Getting to Nursery

Nursery parents and children can access the nursery at the beginning and end of the sessions through the Wenlock Road entrance. 

Nursery Day

8:45am/12:45pm: Children arrive, self-register and hang up their coats.

  • Welcome time - register, welcome song, days and weather.
  • Adult led phonics games
  • Planning time: children plan where they would like to play - free flow between classroom and outdoors.
  • Snack time
  • Small group time - adult led session on our topic
  • Free flow play - children have the chance to practise their skills learned during small group time

11.45am/3:45pm : Home time - songs, story, hand over to parents

Drop off and Collection

All nursery children must be brought to school and collect by an adult (over 16).

Please inform the nursery staff if a different adult is to pick up your child.

To ensure our nursery is a safe and secure environment, we have a password system for parents. If staff are not familiar with an adult collecting a child they will be asked for a password (provided by parents).

If the adult cannot provide the password, the child will not be handed over until a phone call to the parent has been made. Please do not be offended, our priority is to keep your child safe.

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