A Typical Day At Van Gogh


  • Our playgrounds open at 8:40am and are managed by a staff member from that time. The school bells are rung at 8:55am each morning and the children line up with their teachers to enter the classrooms so that learning can start by 9am.
  • The children will begin the day with either discrete phonics teaching (Reception, Year 1) or Guided Reading (Year 2 – 6). English lessons follow immediately after this from 9.30am until 10.30.
  • Children have a break-time from 10.30am until 10.45am. We have a range of activities including both structured and non-structured play activities for the children to select from.
  • Maths lessons run from 10.45am until 11.45am. There is a 30 minute session for individual classes to use before lunch. This time may be used to review home learning, visit the library or a short lesson from the wider curriculum.



  • The afternoon is busy and action packed.  Most classes will have time to explore the wider curriculum each afternoon – including science, ICT in one of ICT suites, swimming, music taught by our music specialists.
  • Some classes, particularly in Year 1 and 2 may have a short afternoon break to help the children remain focused on learning.
  • Our Nursery and Reception Class children finish their day at 3:15pm and the children in Years 1 to 6 finish at 3:30pm.
  • The school day can be extended in many ways. Van Gogh Primary runs a variety of one hour afterschool clubs and activities as well as Afterschool Provision which runs until 6pm. Clubs and Afterschool Provision are run at an additional cost.