Daily Routine


    Fiveways is home to the Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2. Our spacious building stands in its own grounds, just across the road from the main school and provides a light, bright, warm and friendly environment in which we are secure and happy.

    We open our doors at 8.15 am with registration at 8.40 am and the day finishes at 3.30 pm for children in the Foundation Stages 1 and 2 and 4.10 pm for children in Reception (F3), Years 1 and 2.  Part-time attendance is available in Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (Nursery).  The day can be extended to 5.00 pm, by children attending a variety of clubs,  both in-house and externally provided.  Charges may apply, see Activities and Clubs section.

    A day at Fiveways is busy and fun. Bright, colourful classrooms bustle with activity as we develop a foundation of skills and knowledge on which to build future learning. Outdoors children run and play, exploring our play areas, our sensory nature area and our woodland den, tucked away in the woods

    The Fiveways curriculum is delivered through a blend of traditional and contemporary teaching with the children having opportunities to make choices and follow their own interests.   Exploring technology, speaking Spanish and Mandarin, learning to grow vegetables and bake a cupcake may all form part of a busy week.  Our classroom learning is supported and enlivened by visits to locations all over the Island and we frequently welcome visitors into our school to share their special skills and experience. Time spent outdoors, come rain or shine, ensures nature and nurture are used in unison for optimal learning and inspiration.

    Healthy mid-morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Children have a delicious hot lunch, freshly prepared daily by our resident chef and served in our sunny dining room.

    We live within our set of Golden Rules and enjoy the rewards of being good citizens. Regular assemblies with interesting visitors and our Circle Time activities support the children’s understanding of the outside world, fostering team-work in a friendly and happy environment.


    The Junior School is home to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and is located opposite All Saints' church, on the south facing corner of the main school site.  The school buildings are a mixture of cleverly adapted Victorian villas with contemporary modern venues, incorporating the Junior School Hall, our Music Centre and Science Laboratory.   Outside, a large playground, found adjacent to the lawned quadrangle, provides a safe and secure space for playtime games.

    Children can start to arrive from 8.00 am, gathering in the playground or the library for the Early Birds session until going to their own classrooms at 8.25 am.  Registration, led by Form Tutors, is between 8:25 am and 8:40 am during which teachers and children plan for the day ahead and address pastoral matters within a classroom gathering.  Form assemblies take place on Monday afternoons and are led by the children. As parents you are invited to join the school at this gathering, when your child is participating in leading the assembly.

    There are 3 morning lessons which include a break time at 10.45 am and then lunch in the dining hall at mid-day. The daily menu offers children a wide choice of freshly made hot and cold meals, and a selection of desserts, ranging from the traditional hot puddings, to fresh fruit and yoghurt.

    After lunch there is free play in the playground and the extensive school grounds followed by 2 afternoon lessons starting at 12.55 pm.

    Formal teaching finishes at 4.20 pm and children may go home.  Children may extend their day by taking advantage of the busy programme of clubs and activities on offer or stay for a supervised prep session ending at 5.00 pm.

    Children wishing to stay on for Supper Club in the dining hall at 5.00 pm, can curl up with a book in the Junior School Library and enjoy a hot meal before being collected at 6.00 pm. Parents are asked to pre-book for Supper Club for Junior School children.

    Trips and sports fixtures throughout the week will punctuate the normal rhythm of the school day and may result in an extended day.  Parents will receive notices of all these events in a termly calendar.


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