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P1 and P2: hours in class each week

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Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 10:09:42

Do your P1 and P2 kids do the same number of hours as the P3-P7 kids?

In my local authority the P1s and P2s do twenty minutes less a day: they go ten minutes earlier for lunch and leave ten minutes earlier at the end of the day.

Does this happen elsewhere?

dementedpixie Sat 26-Nov-16 10:14:04

Ours are all in the same amount of time although in the first few weeks the P1s got out about 5-10 minutes before the other classes. The school day for P1-P7 is 8.55am - 3pm here

MommyVan Sat 26-Nov-16 10:15:08

Mine are all in from 9am to 3.15pm, regardless of year group

DrWhooves Sat 26-Nov-16 10:16:44

At my DD's school the P1 and 2s go for lunch earlier but don't leave any earlier at home time.

Introvertedbuthappy Sat 26-Nov-16 10:17:08

Are you sure their lunches aren't shorter? For example at my school the P1-3s finish at 3 and P4-7 at 3:15; but the P1-3s have 15 minutes less for lunch (45 mins compared to 1 hour for the uppers).

Keeptrudging Sat 26-Nov-16 10:17:46

Should all be the same hours regardless of age. Do they maybe have a shorter lunch hour?

Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 10:25:53

I'm a teacher so I'm sure! wink

Lunch for P1-2 is 12:20-13:30. Everyone else is 12:30-13:30.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 26-Nov-16 10:35:00

At DDs school, they go into and come out if school at the same time as the other pupils (excluding the p1s first week when they are home at lunch time)

I have no idea if they have the same physical classroom time as everyone else though.

Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 10:36:15

I don't understand the reasoning behind it. It's a PITA as we have a composite P1-3 this year - who's supposed to teach the P3s when it's time for the P1s and P2s to go home? confused

Keeptrudging Sat 26-Nov-16 10:48:52

Sounds odd. They're all entitled to the same amount of teaching time - that is set in stone, as far as i know (I'm a teacher too).

prettybird Sat 26-Nov-16 11:13:08

Not as far as I am aware: 9 to 3.15 for everyone (bar the introductory week). Same length of time for breaks.

Used to be a staggered lunch for space reasons but now that they've moved into a fancy new school building, don't know if they still need to do that.

howabout Sat 26-Nov-16 12:03:38

Mine have extra 10 minutes for lunch to avoid the crush and because they take longer to eat. Also they get an extra 10 minute playtime in the afternoon with the thinking being that they may need more toilet breaks. (Sadly my P1 has to dash home from school shougling every single day because she would rather play). It would be an absolute total PITA if I had to hang around the playground for 10 minutes waiting for an older sibling though.

TheTroubleWithAngels Sat 26-Nov-16 13:50:10

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Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 14:39:27

Although there are a set number of school days per year (190), there are no set class contact hours per week. I'm astounded by this!

Have a look at the table in this document.

The difference across Scotland is surprising.

TheTroubleWithAngels Sat 26-Nov-16 16:49:15

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Groovee Sat 26-Nov-16 17:03:17

My children's Primary was 8.50 to 2.40 for P1/2 and 8.50 to 3.15 for P3-7. All got a 45 minute lunch.

The P1 I worked in last year on secondment were 8.50-3.15pm they had a very long lunch of an hour and 20 mins. The P2's stayed out too and the P3's had 20 minutes of no P2's.

Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 17:12:45

An hour and twenty minutes for lunch?! Ours would have killed each other in that time. It'd be like Lord of the Flies out there. grin

Groovee Sat 26-Nov-16 18:21:39

Euphemia I was bored too.grin it was because the majority come by school bus and they only do one pick up.

Kr1stina Sat 26-Nov-16 19:24:25

Our P1s go for lunch 10min early , mainly because the dinner hall is tiny. That way the staff can help with trays and check they are actually eaten what they have chosen .

stargirl1701 Sat 26-Nov-16 20:27:54

Wow! I thought 25 hours contact time was standard across Scotland. 22.5 hours per teacher.


DanyellasDonkey Sat 26-Nov-16 22:43:08

Our P1-3 do 30 minutes less each day. Same length of morning but finish half an hour earlier at the end of the day.

Euphemia Sat 26-Nov-16 22:52:24

Must be a right pain for parents with children finishing at different times!

DanyellasDonkey Sat 26-Nov-16 22:58:32

It's always been this way so parents are used to it and most kids walk home by themselves so there aren't really a lot of parents who have to pick up.

If we have a P3/4 class it is a pain for the teacher as half her class goes at 2.40 and she has the other half till 3.10.

Kaffiene Sat 26-Nov-16 22:59:16

All start at 8:50. P1&2 get out at 2:50 and P3 upwards at 3:20 except on Fridays. On Fridays P1&2 finish at 12:20 I think and P3 12:30.
Yep total PITA. The ASC does a 30mins club for P1&2 though.
I thought it was to do with McCrone time?

Igneococcus Sun 27-Nov-16 08:16:34

Our school starts at 9.10 am and ends at 3.25 pm and this is the same for all years. it's a rural school, with at least 4 different buses dropping off/picking up children and all these buses only run once every hour. It would be a nightmare for people without a car or outwith walking distance to organize with children who finish at different times.
When dd was in P1 they had a shorter day for the first term and it was really difficult to deal with, especially because pick up time didn't fall into a reasonable lunch hour but just after. When ds started school three years later they had given up on that, I assume many parents complained about it.

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