Entrance and admission to our Baby Room is via the small gate on Hargrave Park.
Parents and Carers with toddlers and children in our nursery class enter the school via the main entrance on Bredgar Road.
Pupils from Reception to Year 6 enter via the school playground from either Bredgar Road or the large gates on Hargrave Park. These gates are opened at 8.40am.
We have extended child care provision from 8am to 6pm, but our core school day is from 9am to 3.30pm.
The school offers a universal FREE Breakfast Club for all pupils from Reception to Year 6. Booking is not required. Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 8.40am. As well as a selection of cereals, juice and toast we offer games and activities.
The breakfast club is in our lunch hall. Children who come to breakfast club come to the school office on Bredgar Road and sign in.
Our Foundation Stage classes have an informal start to their day and parents are encouraged to support their child to settle into their learning at the start of the day.
We have a ‘soft start’ at the beginning of the day. This means that children can go straight to their classrooms as soon as they arrive at school. During a ‘soft start’ the children can read, or complete independent ‘early work’, such as maths or spelling puzzles, or respond to artwork on the interactive whiteboard. It also provides an opportunity for children to look through their work from the previous day and have time to respond to the teacher’s marking.
Registration is taken at 9.00am sharp. Children who arrive after this time collect a late slip from the school office.
In line with best Early Years practice, children in Foundation Stage have access to outdoor provision all day.
We have a flexi-break policy for all other classes. The class teacher judges the best time for the children to take a break during the morning session; we find that this is more conducive to maximizing learning opportunities. As each class goes out to play they collect their hamper, which provides a healthy mid-morning snack.
The school meets together for assembly daily at different times across the week, including an achievement assembly on Fridays.
Once a term parents are warmly invited to see their child’s class assembly. These are held on a Wednesday and start at 9.10am. (Dates for each year group are established at the beginning of the academic year)
Class assemblies are a great way for children to share their learning and celebrate their progress, as well as develop speaking and listening skills, with a particular focus on presenting and speaking clearly to an audience.
Lunch is cooked on site by Caterlink – Hargrave Spring Menu 2023
The Under 3’s and Nursery classes have their lunch on the ground floor. They have a ‘family service’ style lunch experience with support workers serving them at their seating place.
Children in Reception to Year 6 have their lunch in our lunch hall on the middle floor. Children come to lunch in their HOUSES; Paddington, Nemo, Simba and Mowgli. Children are vertically grouped in these houses; with siblings in the same house.
Games and sport equipment are provided in the playground during lunchtime. The children enjoy playing champ, skipping, rolling hoops and of course – football. At the request of our School Council we have introduced an indoor lunchroom where there is a rota of activities across the week including board games and junk modelling.
Years 1 and 2 take a short break in the afternoon in the playground. They have access to equipment and enjoy playing on the large play structure loved by all children at Hargrave Park School – ‘The Crocodile’
The End Of The Day
Children in the Foundation Stage are collected from their classrooms at 3.30pm. Parents are welcomed into the classroom area to support their children to collect all their things and exchange any important messages from the day.
Children in classes Years 3 to 6 are brought down to the playground, whilst Years 1 and 2 are brought out by their teachers at 3.30pm. Staff supervise the collection of children until 3.40pm and then after this time children are bought to the school office while families are contacted.