The School Day
8.40am Collective Worship
11.30am Lunch- Yellow and Blue Classes
3.15pm End of the school day
Arrival at school
Children may come into school from 8.20am and staff will be in their classrooms ready to welcome them. The school day officially begins at 8.30am. All children are expected to be in class by this time for registration. Latecomers must sign into the school office.
Collective Worship takes place every morning, where we celebrate the new school day. We follow 'Universal Values' themes and all children take time to consider the important social and moral questions in life. The themes are shared with families through newsletters in order that families are aware of the discussions taking place in school. Each week certificates are awarded to individuals for effort, achievement, attainment or for being a good, caring school citizen.
Wake and Shake
Wake and Shake sessions are twice daily aerobic routines that the children take part in, in order to develop health and fitness and readiness for learning. A new routine is learned each half term and a school competition is held and the winning class is presented with a cup as 'Wake and Shake Champions'.
Morning play times are taken when most appropriate for individual classes. A drink (milk or water) and healthy snack (from home or purchased from the school healthy tuck shop) are consumed during the morning.
At lunchtime, children in Years R, 1 and 2 are provided with universal free school meals and Years 3 and 4 may purchase hot meals (pre ordered for the half term) or bring healthy lunches from home. High priority is given to healthy eating and the development of good social skills. School meals are cooked by our school cook in 'The Blackwell Kitchen' on the school site each day and our suppliers are local. We pride ourselves on cooking healthy, fresh meals each day.
The school teaching day ends at 1.40pm and the children can attend different extra curricular clubs each afternoon. During these clubs the children from Years 1 to 4 are grouped in mixed age classes across the school, giving the children the opportunity to mix with different children and also children of different ages. Reception age children who remain in school are in a single age group for most of the time. These clubs enable all children to participate in a variety of non statutory activities and develop wider skills. The clubs are run by specialist teachers and teaching assistants.
End of the day
As the end of the teaching day ends at 1.40pm, children can be collected at 1.40pm should parents wish. Please let the office know if this will be the case. The whole school day finishes at 3.15pm. Children are dismissed by staff to their parents or a nominated collector. A child will only be allowed to go with someone other than their parent if the teacher has been notified beforehand, stating the name of the collector. As the teaching day ends at 1.40pm, we would appreciate medical appointments etc being taken after 1.40pm rather than during the teaching part of the school day.
The Blackwell School Club is a school run club that opens from 7.20am to the start of the school day and from the end of the school day until 6pm. It is run and managed by school staff and continues the ethos of the school. A wide variety of after school enrichment clubs is offered on the school site and they vary on a termly basis.
All absences must be reported to the school office in order for them to be authorised. Holiday absence is no longer authorised in line with Department for Education guidance 2013. Absence other than for illness must be discussed with the Head teacher.
If your child has medical needs please inform the office staff, head teacher and class teachers. A supply of appropriate medication such as inhalers should be kept in school. Routine medication is not administered by school staff. (Please see Medical Needs on the Policies page of this website).
Music, dance and drama
Wider cultural experiences
· Music specialist enabling all children to enjoy extra curricular music
· Dance specialist enabling children to enjoy extra curricular dance
· Music curriculum planned and delivered by highly competent teachers
· Regular productions and performances involving all children, from class assemblies to whole school events
· Enrichment clubs after school, e.g. guitar, recorder, music group, singing
· Violin, flute, recorder and piano tuition offered in school day
· School educational visits to theatre events
· Collaborative events with other schools, such as ‘Our World’ at Charford and 'Rio'
· An art curriculum based on skill development
· Art exhibitions in school
· Educational visits, e.g. Birmingham art gallery
· Participation in ‘Voices and Visions’ in Worcester cathedral
· Collaborative art exhibition, such as ‘Our World’ at Charford and 'Rio'
· Development of children’s awareness of great artists through curriculum work
· Value placed on children’s art work, e.g. sale of individually designed Christmas cards
· Development of art in the outdoors through Forest School
· Collaborative events such as Bromsgrove dance festival and Charford ‘Our World’ exhibition
· Educational visits, such as Birmingham museum and art gallery, Stratford RSC theatre, Warwick Arts Centre
· Bhangra dance and drumming workshops
· Visit Anderton Park primary school, Birmingham
· Community events, such as Easter Celebration, Summer Fair
· Experiencing wider cultural events through extra curricular Film Club