‘Soft start’ to the school day after half term

What is ‘soft start’?

From Monday 3rd June we are going to be starting the school day in a different way. We will be starting the day with a ‘soft start’. This means that children in years 2,3,4,5,6 will walk into school independently and no longer form a line in the playground.


It will be a  positive and calm start to the day, helping children to develop skills of independence and personal responsibility. The quality of ‘early work will improve and it will give the child an opportunity to talk with their teacher about homework or any learning that they would like some further support with.

How ‘soft start’ works

The school day still starts at 8.50am. Teachers will be in their classrooms at 8.45am. School doors will be open for children to enter the building and go to their classrooms on their own between 8.45am and 8.50am.  The co-headteachers and deputy headteacher will be in the playground between 8.45am and 8.50am. A teaching assistant from each class and learning support assistants will be in the playground at 8.45am until 8.50am. If a parent has any concerns or information the teaching assistant will be able to write down notes in a communication book so that all the staff in the child’s class are aware. At the end of the day the teacher will bring the class out to the playground to go home so parents and carers will have the opportunity to talk with the class teacher.

If a child arrives at school later than 8.50am the parent will have to go to the office to sign their child in late.


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