School Day

Event Time(s)
Breakfast Club 7.45 to 8.55am
School Starts 8.45am
Collective Worship/Assembly/Mass/House Assemblies 9.30am
Playtime 10.30 to 10.50am
Reception Lunchtime 11.45am to 12.40pm
Year 1 and 2 Lunchtime 12.00 noon to 12.40pm
Year 3 Lunchtime 12.15 to 1.00pm
Year 4 and 5 Lunchtime 12.30 to 1.15pm
Year 6 Lunchtime 12.30 to 1.15pm
KS1 Afternoon Playtime 2.15 to 2.30pm
Reading for Pleasure 3.00pm
School Ends 3.15pm

Breakfast Club

School runs a Breakfast Club for parents who may need to drop their children off earlier than the start of the school day. Children can come into Breakfast Club between 7.45am and 8.30am, and they have a choice of food and drink.

The cost of the Breakfast Club is £1.50 per child per day.

Find out more on our Breakfast Club page.

Arriving at School and Registration

Getting to school on time is very important. The gates are opened at 8.45am. Children must be accompanied by an adult until they are admitted through the main gate by senior members of staff.

Our day begins as we start everything at St. Joseph's, with prayers. The register is taken and then the children spend the first half hour of each day writing in their class or doing individual and small group work, so it's vital that they arrive on time. Arriving just five minutes late each day amounts to over 16 hours of school missed!

Collective Worship

Every morning the children take part in an act of Collective Worship. This could be prayers in class, whole school assembly, key stage assembly, house assembly or Mass. Collective worship is focused on our Catholic faith.

An Advent Prayer Service in class.
Taking part in a prayer service for the crowning of Our Lady.

Morning Sessions - English and Maths

During the morning, all children focus on English and Maths.

At 10.50am, children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have Phonics sessions in ability groups.

The children also have guided reading and individual reading sessions at intervals throughout the day.

Concentrating hard in maths.
Debating in literacy lessons.


All children have playtime at 10:30am. There are different playgrounds for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Reception and Key Stage 1 children are provided with fruit at playtime. Older children can bring in their own fruit. Years 5 and 6 can buy toast from the school kitchen.

We have children who act as 'Playground Friends'. They have been trained and help to look after anyone who is on their won or having problems. There are always members of staff on duty in each playground.

Reception children at playtime.
Using the 'Traversing Wall' on the AstroTurf area.


Just before lunch, children say prayers in their classroom. Lunchtime is staggered for each class, which enables all children to make full use of the lunchtime activities.

At lunchtime, children can have a hot dinner or packed lunch. At St. Joseph's, our school meals are provided by Direct Services and are very tasty and healthy. See our Lunchtime page for more information, including our menus. Fresh water is provided and plenty of dinner supervisors are on hand to help children cut food, open packets, etc.

During lunchtime, we have sports coaches in school who provide clubs such as Multiskills, Games Club and Zumba. Children from all classes attend these.

A multiskills session during lunch time.
Enjoying our special Christmas lunch.

Afternoon Session

Immediately after lunch, the register is taken again, and children say a prayer. Children also take part in 'Pray as You Go' each day, usually after lunch. This is an online guided audio meditation based on the teachings of Jesus.

During the afternoon sessions, children take part in various lessons including RE, PE Science and Topic. They also enjoy sessions in the library or sometimes in the Prayer Garden. We have thirty laptops available to each Key Stage which are used in a variety of lessons. The children also make use of Kindles and iPads.

Investigating the properties of plants.
Learning about the life of Jesus in RE.

Story Time

Children need to hear stories if they are to develop into good writers. Directly before the end of the school day, children in all classes take part in 'Reading for Pleasure' sessions. As a class, they share a book which they may read over a few weeks. Younger children may have individual stories each day.

The children particularly enjoy this time of day and as well as being important for their English skills, it is also a lovely way for them to come together and wind down after a busy day. Our day ends as it started, with prayers.

Home Time

When it is time to go home, the children are taken into the playground by their class teachers. Reception children are dismissed by staff from the Reception gate. Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are dismissed from the playground by staff.

Children will not be allowed to leave with unannounced adults, even if the child knows them. If someone different is picking up your child, you must phone the school office to let us know and they must be on your child’s contact list.

After School Clubs

Some children attend after-school clubs which are provided by outside agencies. These take place on the school premises and finish at 4.15pm. After School Clubs include Multiskills, Cricket, Zumba, Football and Netball and vary during the year.

You can find out more about these on our Clubs page.