Life at School

A Typical School Day

Our school day starts at 8:50 when the classroom doors are opened. The children are registered by 9:00. If you arrive after the register has been taken you will need to visit the school office to register your child.

The children will spend the morning in their classrooms undertaking a range of literacy, reading and numeracy topics.

We have a whole school assembly at 10:20 followed by playtime at 10:40. All the children will have a fruit snack and milk (if eligible).

Lunchtime starts at 11:55 with the Reception children going in first, followed by the Year 1 and finally Year 2 children.

Our afternoons are similar to the mornings but with art, music, PE, religious education and topic work added in.

School finishes at 3pm with all children being collected from the top playground.

A Typical Year

In September we welcome our new Reception children into school. Our first whole school event is our Harvest Festival, and preparations for our Christmas play begin very soon after. Christmas is a very special time at Wootton Bassett Infants with Christmas parties and (hopefully) a visit from Santa. Finally our Christmas story telling and carol singing around the stable takes place on the school field at night-time.

Spring sees the arrival of incubated eggs in school and the staff and children eagerly await as the chicks hatch out. Throughout the year, we enjoy school trips and also invite visitors into school to enhance the curriculum. This might be a pantomime group, a storyteller, Indian dance groups or African drummers.

The summer term is hopefully a chance for the children to make more use of the outside space with lots of exciting play opportunities involving making dens, and finally to take part in our whole school Sports Day on the school field. The children compete in mixed age group teams with the aim of winning a highly prized medal!

The general behaviour of pupils is of great importance to the running of the school and the well being of the community. Qualities of honesty, kindness and respect are constantly encouraged, whilst politeness and thought for others are regarded as the basis of relationships between pupils and teachers.

Children are expected to be responsive to discipline and observe schools rules, and parents are consulted at an early stage if a pupil’s behaviour causes concern. Our Exclusion Policy can be found here: Exclusion Policy March 2012

Our School Library

We are incredibly lucky to have a fantastic new library, fully stocked with wonderful books. Each class is allocated a slot during the week to spend some time in the library.

We are so proud of the new building, in fact we have even been mentioned in a soon to be published book ‘The Arts in Primary Education’ by Ghislaine Kenyon.

“Wootton Bassett Infant School has recently built a new library, a ‘house in the trees’: a sort of wonky cottage on stilts, which, as you approach up its wooden staircase, makes your heart beat with the same feelings of anticipation, delight and wonder that a good book does. Even more wondrous for a six year old, will be the treetop walk, which will eventually link the library to another school building. This architecture communicates a sense of unbounded adventure, echoed in the external balcony spaces and the picture windows both of which look out over the extensive Wiltshire countryside.”