Our Unit is made up of two mixed Year 5 & 6 classes taught by Mrs Cobb and Mr Terry. They will be supported by Miss Coote, Mrs Kerrigan, Mrs Ellison, Mrs Henfrey and Miss Issott.
Our timetable for a day's work is designed to maximise learning opportunities. Below is an overview of a typical day:
8:50am - School begins with registration
9:00am - Handwriting session
9:15am - Maths / English session
9:45am - Worship (except Friday when Merit Assembly begins at 9:10am)
10:15am - National Breakfast Scheme
10:30 - Remainder of session prior to Assembly
11:00 - Maths / English Session
12:00pm - Lunch
12:50pm - Registration / Regroup time
1:00pm - Guided Reading
1:30 - Topic / Science / French / Guitar (depending on day)
2:45pm - Playtime
3:00pm - Maths Fluency skills
3:15pm - Class read
3:30pm - Home time
Our PE lessons are on Wednesday afternoons; however, we do ask that kit (black shorts, white T-shirt and a change of footwear) is kept in school, in case it is needed on another day. Labelling all uniform and PE kit with your child's name is strongly advised. Earrings must be removed on PE days to ensure the risk of serious injuries is minimised.
PE for our Unit also includes sessions that are led by the local college students at Newark Academy, just a short walk from the school building. Mount School PE kit is necessary for college sessions too, including appropriate footwear.
Reading at Home and Rewards
We ask that you support your child learning to read. Please try and listen to them at home every night for a few minutes. Please feel free to read along with them at this time, if they are finding their book a little bit tricky. Please make sure when you listen to your child read, that you sign their diary. Every read at home recorded in their diary (and signed by an adult) is worth one dojo! When the children read 4 times per week, they will be rewarded with extra playtime on a Friday. Children are also rewarded with dojo points for achievements, effort, good manners, choosing the correct behaviours and demonstrating our school values.
We have a merit assembly every Friday at 9:10am. This is where we recognise and celebrate the children's achievements. All parents are welcome at this assembly and it would be lovely if you could join us. If your child is going to receive a certificate, we will let you know prior to the assembly taking place.
During the year, children who need a bit of extra help / intervention in Maths and English, will be supported in small groups or 1:1 sessions to meet their individual needs. These sessions, known as IMPACT sessions, will be tailored to each child's needs and will focus upon small step targets that will enhance their learning.
Staff within the Unit will also conduct 'Pre-Teaching' sessions during assemblies. These sessions will support children's learning, prepare them for the following lessons and provide opportunities to maximise their progress.
National Breakfast Scheme
Each day following Collective Worship, the children will have the choice to partake in breakfast as a whole class; a variety of cereals Mon-Thur and bagels on a Friday. Research has shown a direct link between the breakfast habits of children and their educational attainment, with children in primary schools where breakfast is provided achieving on average up to two months’ additional academic progress over the course of a year. Our exciting National School Breakfast Programme, in partnership with Magic Breakfast and funded by the Department for Education, is working to support our schools to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.
The service aims to:
- Ensure more children receive a healthy breakfast at the start of their day.
- Improve educational outcomes of young people
Trips are planned throughout the year to support the children's learning and provide them with exciting extra-curricular experiences; therefore, there is an expectation that all children attend all trips. For those children in receipt of Free School Meals (not universal Free Meals), trips are subsided and this will be detailed on all trip letters.
If you feel that you could be entitled for Free School Meals, please see Mrs Hall in the school office.