School Day

At Sark School we welcome children into our care at nursery age (three) and teach them right the way through until the end of year eight (thirteen) when they leave us. Due to the uneven distribution of children throughout these year groups, the way in which we organise the classes here at Sark School changes from year-to year. 

 

Sark School is currently organised into four classes: 

 

  • an EYFS room where we provide stimulating and fun learning opportunities for Nursery and Foundation Stage children - the lead adult in this room is Miss Jones. 

  • an Infants class where Years One and Two are led by Mrs Branson,

  • a Juniors class in which Years Three and Four are led together by Miss Starkie,

  • and a Seniors class which consists of Years Five to Eight which is led by Mr Wolfe.

 

Despite having these lead teachers and practitioners in each class, adults take responsibility for all children within the school and regularly teach specific areas of the curriculum to different classes. This means that we foster a real familial ethos within the school and all children and adults get to know each other extremely well.

 

Despite there being slight differences between the day-to-day operations in each class, the general structure of a typical day at Sark School looks like this:

 

  • The school gates open at 8:15am - The children get themselves ready for the day by putting bags and coats in their lockers before playing in the playground until the bell rings at 8:30am.

  • Children then make their way to class and spend the first two hours of the day in lessons, which at this time of day are usually maths and English.

  • At 10:30am, the children make their way to assembly where, depending on the day of the week, they may share work completed in class over the previous week, learn to sing as a group, listen to a story with a specific theme or enjoy a visit from Rev. David Stolton, the Island’s minister.

  • After this, the children have a short break until 11:00am when they have a snack and a drink and, depending on weather, enjoy the run of the field directly outside of the school.

  • At 11:00am the children return to class and continue with lessons - usually topic based lessons such as science, history or geography.

  • Lunch time is between 12:00am and 12:45pm. The children bring in a packed lunch, eat either inside or outside depending on the weather and then have some free time to play on the field or the playground. 

  • Directly after lunch (until 1:15pm) is guided-reading time. Children get into groups and explore different texts under the guidance of their teachers.

  • Between 1:15pm and 2:15pm the children continue with topic based lessons.

  • After this, the children have a quick break in which to get ready for enrichment activities and to stretch their legs.

  • Enrichment runs between 2:30pm and 4:30pm, after which time the children go home.