St John's Upper Holloway C.E Primary School

Jesus said: 'Love each other as I have loved you'. - John 15:12

The school day

We have a breakfast club which runs from 8- 8:50am each day. As well as offering a healthy breakfast, children can play a range of games and activities.

Our school gates open at 8:45am and children can come straight in to class, meet their friends and be ready for the register at 9:00am. We ask that parents arrive in plenty of time to ensure a nice calm start to the day for their child. Children in our Nursery and Reception classes also start at 9:00am with parents bringing their children into the Early Years entrance at the front of the school. Parents are welcome to remain with their children to ensure they are settled and ready to learn with their friends.

Our key stage 1 classes spend the first part of each day focusing on phonics and reading. We use a very structured approach to teaching phonics and it is important that chidlren are at school on time ready for the start of the lesson. The reading lesson may involve reading with their teacher or teaching assistant, carrying out research, undertaking comprehension tasks or simply settling into the reading corner with a favourite book. In key stage 2, the children also focus on reading at the start of the day. We have trained all our staff on an approach to reading called "destination reader" which focuses on developing reading comprehension and vocabulary. The remainder of the morning is spent focusing on the core subjects of maths and literacy. We try to bring subjects to life through planning tasks that are cross curricular and encourage the children to apply their skills in a range of contexts.

Our daily act of collective worship takes place each afternoon at 3:00pm (during Covid, these assemblies take place in classrooms or with limited numbers in the hall).

Lunchtimes are staggered with Nursery having lunch first, followed by Reception class and finally key stages 1 and 2. Our lunches are all made on site and we occasionally have taster menus so that parents can sample the food on offer. Lunchtime is also a time to socialise, play and be active in our newly developed playgrounds.

During the afternoons, we focus on the wider curriculum with much of the learning being cross curricular based on a humanities or science theme. Children also swim at the local swimming pool and attend Archway library.

Our school day finishes at 3:30pm for all classes and parents are asked to collect their children promptly if they are not attending the after school club.

Our after school club (Buzz Club) runs until 6:15pm and offers a wide range of activities including arts, sports, cookery and computing. Children receive a warm snack while at the club and we try to meet their preferences wherever possible. You can find out more about our Breakfast and Buzz clubs in the Parents section of the website.