A Typical Day at Whiston J & I School

A typical day in Key Stage 1 and 2:

Many children begin their school day in the Breakfast Club at 7:45 am where they enjoy a substantial, healthy breakfast. This is then followed by  a range of 'family-style' activities e.g. board games, Play Doh, Lego building, jigsaws, snooker etc. in the school hall.

8:45 am Children line up on the playground and are met by their class teacher.

When in the classroom children take part in the range of activities offered as part of a maths carousel 'Mega Maths'

Mega Maths – while the class check and act upon marking from the previous day  and then practice and use mathematical skills to play games and undertake investigations, the teacher spends time with children who need help with misconceptions from the previous day's maths lesson.

9:10 am  Mathematics

10:00 KS1 Guided Reading /10:10am KS2 Spag Busters - We also teach joined handwriting using the Sheffield Cursive Script, grammar, punctuation and spelling (Spell Zoo), in our daily 'SPAG BUSTER' lessons.

10:30 Playtime

10:45 Word Wizard Key Stage 2 - Children have an opportunity to edit and 'uplevel' their writing from the previous day by acting upon marking and feedback comments and next steps.

10:45 KS1 Literacy/11:00 am KS2 Literacy lesson

Literacy - Mostly the writing is linked to the main curriculum topic. We teach a different genre every two weeks.

11:45 -  12:45 (KS1) Lunchtime

12:00 - 1:00 (KS2) Lunchtime

12:45 (KS1) 

12:45 Key Stage 1 Phonics - We currently teach phonics through Letters and Sounds. The children are taught new sounds and practice these using the Letters and Sounds programme. This approach is continued where required in Key Stage 2.

1:00pm (KS1/KS2) EPIC Curriculum

RE and the non-core subjects are taught within our 'EPIC' curriculum during the afternoon.

Variations in the timetable occur for PE, assemblies and special events.

In KS2,  we also teach reading in the afternoon through Guided Reading sessions – the class is organised into ability groups and given focussed tasks. Children may read eBooks, listening books, read newspapers, comics, nonfiction and fiction texts. 

At all stages a love for reading is fostered. 

To find out more click on the curriculum pages.