Alderbrook Primary School

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A typical day at Alderbrook

Early Years

Each child begins the day with a greeting and handwriting as a group. The children then move into small teaching groups for their phonics lesson. By 9.30, all children are ready for their own choice of activities. This is child-initiated learning where the adults facilitate and support the children to develop key skills. Throughout the day the children will also have a literacy lesson, based on the current theme and a maths lesson. These are no longer than 30 minutes for Reception and 20 minutes for Nursery. The rest of the day is filled with choosing exciting activities based on the 17 aspects of learning in the Early Years Curriculum. Adults will support children in small groups or as individuals to challenge and extend their learning or to support them to consolidate previous learning.

During the week there will be further learning opportunities provided by specialist teachers including music, ballet, sports, swimming and Spanish. Sometimes we will all dress up and have a themed day! Sometimes we will have a special visitor, such as, an author or a person with an important job in our community and sometimes we will immerse ourselves in a story so that we can relive it in our play! Our children have excellent outcomes by the end of the year and are well prepared for the transition to Key Stage 1. We finish the day by sharing our success, having a snack and reading a story together at 3.15 pm.

Key Stage 1
Registration is taken straight away and then it is time for a writing lesson.  The children practise their handwriting. Before beginning, the pupils are reminded of their posture and their pencil grip.  They then complete differentiated handwriting activities using their tram lined books. 

We are extremely fortunate to have an additional teacher in many year groups. Where there are not additional teachers, the year groups are 2 form, which means they can set across the classes.

At 9.45am the pupils attend assembly.  On Monday’s, they attend an achievement assembly. Each week certificates are awarded to pupils who have shown that they are responsible, resilient and reflective learners. Tuesdays are singing assemblies, Wednesdays are key stage assemblies and on Thursdays, senior leaders focus on an aspect of health and social wellbeing and the award for the 'Always child' is given out.

Every Friday, the pupils watch another class share their learning. Each class hosts an assembly each term, which the parents are very much encouraged to attend.

After assembly, they move to their phonics groups.  At 10.30 am pupils have a break. After play, the pupils take part in guided reading. They are grouped according to their ability, with groups no larger than 10 children. Our pupils adore ‘book club’ and engage in insightful discussions, developing their comprehension skills. Once their reading sessions are over, they go back to class and join their groups for Maths. Lessons are fast paced and interactive, these are split according to ability, ensuring that pupils are moved on quickly and provided with additional challenges. 

In the afternoons,  Year 1 pupils start with a short Arithmetic session, whilst Year 2 start with a handwriting session, before foundation subject lessons which include: PE, Music, Computing, Geography, History, RE, PSHE, Art and DT. The end of the school day at Alderbrook is at 3:20 pm when we then offer a range of after school clubs.

Key Stage 2
Following registration, the children begin their literacy session which is called ‘Talk For Writing’. This is a program that we use here at Alderbrook in order to develop high level vocabulary and challenge the children to be the best writers that they can be.

At 9.45 am the pupils attend assembly.  On Monday’s, they attend an achievement assembly. Each week certificates are awarded to ‘Outstanding Learners’ who have shown that they are responsible, resilient and reflective learners. Tuesdays are singing assemblies, Wednesdays are key stage assemblies and on Thursday, senior leaders focus on an aspect of health and social wellbeing. They also hand out the ‘Always Child’ award which praises those children that are always making the right choices.

Every Friday, the pupils watch another class share their learning. Each class hosts an assembly once a term, which parents are very much encouraged to attend.

Session 2 is an additional literacy session, which has the focus on reading comprehension.

After break, the children move to their maths groups. Lessons are fast paced and interactive, ensuring that pupils are moved on quickly and provided with additional challenges.  The sessions are 70 minutes and are broken down into reasoning and arithmetic elements.

After lunch, the pupils take part in guided reading. They are grouped according to their ability, with groups no larger than 10 children. The pupils adore ‘book club’ and engage in insightful discussions, developing their comprehension skills. Once their reading sessions are over, they go back to class and are taught the foundation subject lessons which include: PE, Music, Computing, Geography, History, RE, PSHE, Art and DT. The end of the school day at Alderbrook is at 3:20pm when we then offer a range of after school clubs.