Holt Farm Infant School shares a site with Holt Farm Junior School. The Infant and Junior Schools share the kitchen facilities and playground area. We have 9 classes which accommodate 30 children each, with a yearly intake of 90 pupils. Children begin their school life in one of our 3 Reception classes; this phase of their education is known as The Early Years Foundation Stage. Children then progress into Key Stage 1, where they spend 2 years, before leaving us to go to the Junior School.
The recommended teaching time for infant children is 21 hours per week. The hours spent on teaching at Holt Farm Infants during the normal school week are 21hrs 15mins. This time excludes the statutory act of collective worship, registration and lunch breaks.
Our Breakfast Club runs from 7:45 – 8:45. The cost of the club is £4.00 per session or is free for Pupil Premium children. The children can have a hot or cold breakfast and have lots of fun activities including construction play, role-play, colouring, books and games. The club is run by members of our support staff.
School begins at 9:00am and finishes at 3:10pm.
The school gates are opened at 8.45 and a teacher will be present from this time to welcome your child to school. The children come into the classroom and have 15 minutes social time to talk to the teacher and their friends before the register is taken at 9.00am.
In the Foundation Stage, the children have the opportunity to play and learn outside the classroom both in the morning and in the afternoon. They have their own learning garden which is filled with exciting resources. In Key Stage 1, the children are given the opportunity to play outside during the morning, where they can take a break from the learning in the classroom and enjoy a healthy snack.
Lunch time is from 12:00 – 1:10pm. All infant children are entitled to a free hot or cold meal. All our meals are prepared in our school kitchen using fresh ingredients sourced locally where possible. Parents may provide a healthy packed lunch for their child if preferred or children may go home for lunch.
The school day finishes at 3.10pm. The children exit school through the classroom door where parents wait for them outside. The Classteacher will only let a child go once they have seen the parent/carer.
Healthy eating is encouraged and foods cooked in our kitchen are low in fat, low in salt and home-cooked wherever possible. We use fresh vegetables every day and offer a choice of water or milk.
The current “School Menu Week” can be found on the Newsletter.
We encourage healthy eating for packed lunches as well. Children may bring a cold drink in an unbreakable flask (please do not send fizzy drinks), and no sweets, peanut butter or chocolate, please. Water is provided.
Children are collected at 12.00am and return no later than 1.10pm.
Every child is given a whole piece of fruit and water is supplied throughout the school. We understand how important it is to drink plenty of water so children can bring a water bottle in order to drink throughout the school day. Milk can be ordered through ‘Cool Milk’ and delivered to your child in school daily. No snacks or other drinks are allowed.
Our After School Clubs run half-termly from Monday to Thursday. They include Monday Club (craft/computers), Dance Club, Lego Club, Tennis Club, Soccer Club, Rugby Club, Gymnastics Club. The sports clubs are fun by professional coaches and other clubs are run by our support staff. The cost is £3.00 per session and clubs are booked half-termly.