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School routines and uniform

On this page you will find useful information regarding  daily school routines and procedures.


The school day begins at 8:45 when the register is taken.

The school day ends at 3:15pm

Our lunch break runs from 12:00 - 12:55pm.

This amounts to a total 32.5 hours per week.


From September 2021, there will be no staggered starts and finishes


Children in Nursery, Reception and Y1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) should arrive at school no earlier than 8:40 to be met by the teacher or teaching assistant.  At the end of the day, children will be handed over to waiting adults. There is no longer a one-way system in operation. We politely ask that the children do not play with the equipment set up on the playground for the day's lessons. Thank you


Children in Y3 - 6 are expected to make their own way from drop off to line up at the classroom door, no earlier than 8:40 and for an 8:45 start. The end of the school day is 3:15 for all children and again, Y3-6 are expected to make their way to a designated meeting point for their journey home/meet with parents and siblings. 


Children should be collected by adults known to the school. If you need to arrange for your child to be collected by a person not known to us we will call you on the number we hold for you and ask you to provide a password to verify the arrangement in place. Children may be collected by family members over the age of 14 by prior arrangement.


School Uniform




PE Kit 

  • Dark grey trousers, skirt or pinafore 

  • White polo shirt 

  • Navy sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo (optional) 

  • White socks with dress  

  • Dark socks with trousers 

  • Plain navy tights  

  • Dark grey shorts with dark socks 

  • White polo shirt 

  • Blue and white gingham dress with white socks 

  • Navy sun hat / cap 


  • Navy shorts 

  • White rounded necked t-shirt 

  • Plimsolls for indoor use 

  • Trainers for outdoor use 

  • Optional navy jogging bottoms for winter (no logos) 



As our learning environment is both indoors and outdoors, we ask that you make sure your child is equipped for these areas at all times of year. Please ensure their clothing is practical and suitable for the seasonal changes.  


We recommend a waterproof jacket and winter clothing for cold weather, a sun hat and protective clothing in the summer months. We ask that sun cream is applied before the children get to school so that they are ready for the day.  


Please follow the below link to our uniform suppliers website - Pinders Schoolwear : 


Hollingwood Primary School Uniform




Children will continue to record their home reading on Seesaw/Tapestry. Children in Reception and beyond will receive a book which closely matches the phonic sounds the child is being taught. At times it will seem that the child is over-reading the book but we know this to be an important skill which leads to automatic recall of the phonemes (sounds) and their corresponding graphemes (letters). Your child will also be encouraged to also read a chosen book or share the experience with an adult or sibling at home. We will regularly give books away to the children and offer a swap shop from time to time. The more reading the better and we are not precious about what the children read or when! Once children have progressed through the phonics scheme they are directed to texts which match their reading and comprehension ability. Sometimes it is important for children to 'sit within a reading book range' for a while to ensure the child develops fluency. We value the children deepening their understanding and reward automaticity and understanding over speed through levels.


Children are rewarded with Extra Play at the end of each week for maintaining good standards of behaviour. Our behaviour policy is based on a positive and restorative method. Extra Play activities are exciting and take place for 20 minutes during the last break of the week. If a child has lost the privilege of extra play, this will be monitored by the deputy headteacher and headteacher. 


Children earn badges for participating in enrichment activities and for going the extra mile. The children value these highly and strive to achieve the full range.


We use a phonics scheme called Read, Write Inc across the school to teach phonics, reading and spelling. We hold regular meetings for parents so that children can be supported at home with this strategy.