We have seven classes at St. Michael's. The three infant classes are Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Reception Class is the 'Early Years' stage of education. Years 1 and 2 are known as 'Key Stage 1' or KS1. At the end of Year 2 the children are assessed for their KS1 levels.
The four junior classes are Years 3,4,5 and 6. These are known collectively as 'Key Stage 2' or 'KS2'. In May of Year 6 the children sit exams known as SATs (Standard Attainment Tests). These provide a guide as to the attainment of the children for the secondary schools and are used for the Government's league tables.
The School Day
The school day starts at 9am and finishes for the infants at 3.20pm and for the juniors at 3.30pm.
We ask that children do not arrive too early in the morning - the doors open at 8.50am and at this time the children can either come into school, take off the coats and settle down in their classroom or they can stay outside. At 9am the whistle is blown and the children who are still outside make their way to class.
We have whole school assemblies every day except Thursday, when we hold a small class assembly. The vicar hosts assembly once a month and other visitors often visit to provide variety. On Wednesday Mrs Mattinson, our music teacher, is in and so these assemblies are especially tuneful. On Friday we have an afternoon assembly when the week's 'achievement certificates' are given out. The weekly 'house points' total is also revealed - a very popular part of the day!
Lunch is between 12 and 1pm. We now have our own kitchen and the meals are very popular.
The children also have morning and afternoon breaks.