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St Dennis

Primary Academy

Everyone Matters, Everyone Succeeds, Every Moment Counts

School Day

Our School Day

At St Dennis Primary Academy, our school day starts at 0845 when children enter through the playground and are greeted by Mrs Brokenshire and other members of staff. Children make their way to their classrooms for registration and may also have a bagel during this time.  



Nursery children either attend for whole or half day sessions and start and end the day at the same time as the rest of the school.


The focus of Nursery learning is through continuous provision with adults supporting and challenging the children during their play. Where appropriate, adult led inputs take place spaced throughout the day, ensuring all pupils have access to teaching.



Reception pupils start and end the school day in line with the rest of the school.


Reception class start the day with a small group phonics session and have a morning maths input from an adult. During lunchtime the children eat their lunch in the hall and then spend time playing outside alongside the KS1 pupils. In the afternoon, there is a short adult input linked to the current topic and children’s interests.


Alongside this, most of the children’s day is based upon continuous provision learning with the option to choose their own activities and free flow between the inside and outside. Our aim is to observe, support and challenge each individual child’s next steps through independent learning.


Year 1 to Year 6


0845 - 0900


Registration finishes by 0900 and lessons begin.

0900 - 0930

Session 1

This includes 30 minutes of RWI phonics or spelling, punctuation and grammar learning.

0930 - 1045

Session 2

Maths is taught across the whole school for an hour and there is also a ‘Key Skills’ session which focuses on fluency and mental maths.

1045 - 1100

Morning break


1100 - 1200

Session 3

This is English time where we use the Storytelling approach.

1200 - 1250


Lunch is served in two sittings and children are free to choose who they sit with.

1250 - 1320


Reading through whole class novel studies is planned for this session.

1320 - 1420

Session 4

Topic learning takes place in this session. This could be any subject including science, history, geography, art, DT, PE, RE, music, computing and French or Spanish in Key Stage 2. PSHE learning is also woven into all these subjects

1420 - 1430

Afternoon break


1430 - 1525

Session 5

This session includes further topic learning and assembly.


End of the day

Children are seen out to their parents and carers on the playground.




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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: College Road, Truro, TR1 3XX