A Typical Day At Van Gogh


  • Our playgrounds open at 8:30am and are managed by a staff member from 8.45am. The staff welcome children into school from 8.45am - the children make their own way to their classes, get organised and register their attendance. Learning starts by 9am.
  • The children will begin the day with either discrete phonics teaching following 'Read, Write, Inc.' (Reception, Year 1 and 2) and/or Guided Reading (Year 2 – 6). Maths lessons follow immediately after this from 9.40am.
  • Children have a 15 minute break-time. We have a range of activities including both structured and non-structured play activities for the children to select from.
  • English 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, Computing, swimming, music taught by our music specialists.
  • Most classes have a short afternoon break to help the children remain focused on learning.
  • Our Nursery and Reception Class children finish their day at 3:20pm 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, some of which run at an additional cost. 
  • At present, we do not offer Afterschool Provision as there is insufficient demand.