8:40 am Doors open for class registration
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch break
3:05pm Home time
At Alderton Junior School, we operate a ‘soft start’ to the school day. This means that class teachers open the doors for pupils at 8:40am, so that they can come into school and settle before lessons start at 9am. We do this as it has been proven to support transitions from home to school and help children to regulate prior to engaging in learning.
Between 8:45 and 9am, pupils engage in Early Morning Learning. This may be a discussion based around a ‘Wonderment’ question, philosophy for children, current news or a picture. It may also be an element of Maths learning, such as some quick practise of calculations or arithmetic pupils have already learned, times tables or a mathematical problem to solve collaboratively. Pupils may also engage in handwriting practise, quiet reading activities and comprehension or spelling practise. It will be usual to hear music playing in the classrooms, as this helps support effective transition.
A bell will be heard in the playground in the mornings to signal when doors are open, and when to let parents know doors are now closing. Doors will close by 8:55am. Registers will be taken in class at 9am. If pupils are not in school by 8:55am, they will need to enter school through the Reception area and sign in the late book. This will then be logged on our attendance information.
If you arrive early, please ensure your children do not play close to the classrooms doors as this can prevent teachers from preparing lessons for the school day.
Please be aware that doors open outwards.
The school day ends at 3:05pm. Pupils can be collected from the same door as they entered in the morning.
We understand that sometimes things don’t always go to plan; should you be late to collect your child, they will be walked round to the office by their class teacher or a Teaching Assistant. Regular late collections will be addressed through a meeting with the Head Teacher.
The school gates are closed in the morning between 8:25am - 9:10am and in the afternoon between 12 - 1pm and 2:50pm - 3:30pm.