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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 0840 when children enter through the bottom 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




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 - 1030

Session 2

This session is for English and we use the Storytelling approach. 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. Key Stage 1 also have a daily storytime in this session.

1030 - 1045

Morning break


1045 - 1200

Session 3

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

1200 - 1250


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

1250 - 1320


Reading is taught through whole class book or novel study in Key Stage 2. In Key Stage 1, children have additional RWI in groups focused on their next steps. 

1320 - 1505

Session 4

This afternoon session could include one or two subjects 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.

There is a breaktime which is used for physical activity, including the Daily Mile.  This is taken when it fits with learning within each class.

1505 - 1525

Session 5

This session is used for Collective Worship which takes place either in classrooms or the hall.


End of the day

Children are seen out to their parents and carers on the bottom 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: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD