The Reception timetable is very flexible and often changes in order to fit the needs of the children. Lessons can be shortened or extended as needed.
7:30am – The day starts at 7:30am for pupils and we begin with circle time. This is a time for teachers and pupils to talk and discuss, share ideas, sing songs and form relationships and good communication within the classroom community. Once circle time is finished, we move on to phonics.
8:05am – Phonics is a vital part of the Reception classroom and it builds the basis for reading. There is a big emphasis on the teaching of phonics and it forms an important part of the day. Children begin by learning the sounds that individual letters make and slowly move on to blending these sounds together to read words.
8:40am – Break time. A chance for pupils to put the learning and prime areas of development into practice through playing with their friends. Reception do not eat at break times. This is solely a chance to “learn through play”.
9:00am – Snack time. This is the opportunity for children to eat in a relaxed and informal manner.
9:10am – From 9:10am until 12:20pm, pupils will cover all areas of development from Literacy to Personal, Social and Emotional development. Lessons are taught in an interactive and play-based manner with a mix of direct and indirect teaching. Each Reception class timetable is different in order to fit in specialist lessons such as music and Arabic.
12:20pm – Formal teaching stops at 12:20pm and the Teaching Assistants take the bus children to catch their buses. During this time, non-bus children have “free play” or story time.
1:00pm – This is the end of the day for our Reception children and parents come to collect their children from the classrooms. We take great care to ensure we are fulfilling our safeguarding and child protection duties at GBA, so children will only be sent home with a known adult.