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26/02/2013 at 13:41
Do your children line up to go into school in the morning?
I mentioned to some friends over half term that I'm having trouble getting my los to line up, and they were all surprised that they were expected to. Their schools just let the kids in as they arrive from 8:50, closing the door at nine. That would make my life so much easier!
I'm wondering whether to suggest it at our school, but thought I'd check how widespread the open door system is.
Any experiences much appreciated!
26/02/2013 at 13:43
Yes always made to line up and I recall I had to line up too. Doesn't the teacher tell them off for being out of line?
F is 5 and in reception. I am allowed to take her into her class but also she can line up outside. Each class lines up outside then the teachers/teaching assistants come out and walk the children in. In september when F goes up into Year 1 I won't be allowed to take her in. She prefers me to take her in but I get her to go in with the teacher a couple of times a week.
26/02/2013 at 13:45
Yes, they run round on yard from gates opening at 8:45 till 8:55 then line up to go in, he has since reception. I could imagine not to would just be a big free for all!
26/02/2013 at 13:50
Yes they have to line up.
26/02/2013 at 13:52
Yep, C has to line up. Has done since Nursery.
Interesting. Mine are in Reception and Yr2. The whistle blows, they are expected to line up and then are led in by the teacher or TA.
Since starting in Yr2 A has refused to get in the line until the whistle blows (lots of other children line up as soon as they arrive). M used to join the recpetion line no problem, and I often had to leave her there while I coaxed her older sister into her line. A couple of weeks ago E's teacher went on maternity leave, and since then its been chaos in the mornings as the new teacher messes about after the whistle, the kids get cranky and start playing up. M now won't join the line at all, and I have to hold her hand behind the line and this morning had to walk her to the door. With her baby sister abandoned nearby in her push chair.
In september they will be in different playgounds, I will have to leave one and take the other to the other playground. I know A is going to kick off about it. It would be so much easier if I could walk them both to the door, give them a kiss and wave them in. Which is what happens at my friend's childrens schools.
26/02/2013 at 13:59
A has always had to line up.
26/02/2013 at 18:54
Ours have an open door policy in Reception but from Y1 they line up on the playground with the teacher and are led in.
26/02/2013 at 19:01
Same as margots school. L goes in, open door policy and we need to leave by 9 but after Xmas they started saying to promote independence could reception parents leave their children in the cloakroom but nursery parents can still go in as we help our children write their names. From year 1 they line up
26/02/2013 at 19:15
They blow the whistle and line up outside at mine. Parents are encouraged to drop them off in the yard and then leave, because parking is such a problem. Mine go to breakfast club anyway so I drop them off there and they go up to the yard with the teachers anyway, so I have no idea if they line up or not! I imagine they do as they are very conformist.
26/02/2013 at 19:28
At Jack's school they don't line up until Y2, just go straight in as you describe. Y2 upwards go round to the back playground without parents from 8.50 to play and then line up at 9am.
None of the classes at Ms school line up, the hall door opens at 8.45 and children just go in as they arrive between then and 9am.
26/02/2013 at 20:12
I don't wait with L, I tend to just give her a kiss and she is happy to walk off to find her friends. They do line up though. Could you try leaving them and then they would have to line up
26/02/2013 at 20:42
In reception it was open door, in year one its wait until the door is open. Sometimes they line up sometimes they don't. I wouldn't make a big thing of forcing my daughter to do it though. I try to leave things in the playground up to the school. (Within reason obviously not saying I would ignore poor behaviour). But if they're expected to do something I expect her to do it because her teacher is asking if that makes sense.
Interesting that someone said they're encouraged to drop and leave, we've been told the opposite at my daughter's school. This annoys me as I have a train to catch.
26/02/2013 at 23:18
Straight in, all years. We are not invited in, walk child to the door, say goodbye, done! I went into the cloakroom for the first two days only.
27/02/2013 at 14:56
No. The bell goes at 8.50, a teacher opens it and all the kids go in.
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