Being on Time Helps Them Shine

Discovery in the Junior School

All of us are sometimes late, especially when students are young and parents have younger siblings they need to organise as well. The occasional late day is understandable and will have a negligible impact on a student’s day or education.

However, the effects on a student who is habitually late can be very pronounced.  Check out this chart that shows how much time can be lost over a year and longer.   

If your child misses...

That Equals...

Which Is...

Over 13 years that is...

10 minutes

50 minutes a week

1.5 weeks a year

Nearly half a year of lost learning

20 minutes

1hour 40 minutes a week

2.5 weeks a year

Nearly a year of lost learning

30 minutes

half a day a week

4 weeks a year

Nearly 1.5 years of lost learning

I hour

1 day a week

8 weeks a year

Nearly 2.5 years of lost learning

Quality Learning Time

Studies have shown that...

“Students’ brains tend to be sharpest in the morning, after a refreshing night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast. This makes it a good time to open a textbook to learn something new, or review notes from the previous day. With a more alert brain, students have a better ability to recall details like names, places, dates and facts."'%20brains%20tend%20to%20be,notes%20from%20the%20previous%20day.

Arriving at school in time for students to participate in Discovery gives them time to socialise and ensures readiness for learning after tidy uptime.

Social Interaction

Parents may feel that the students are only playing when our 5-year-olds first get to school, but studies have shown the importance of this interaction time we call Discovery.  Check out this information from


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Social interaction is one of the most important factors for the health and development of everybody, from young children to the elderly. Positive social interactions have a wide range of both physical and mental benefits, including increased cognitive ability, good mental health, communication skills, independence and improved physical health. 

Early social interaction is particularly beneficial for child development, and the right environment can help children develop strong language skills, creativity, empathy, communication and confidence.  

Learning through play

Don’t underestimate how many children can learn during playtime - what might look like simple playing with toys can actually teach them a whole range of skills, from problem-solving to sharing, resolving conflict, building imagination and creativity and bonding with other children.  Arts and crafts also have a range of benefits, giving children the chance to improve motor neurone skills, dexterity and their creative imagination.



Develop social skills

Socialising with other children their own age helps children learn the vital skills they will need in later life. Interacting with others gives children the chance to establish boundaries, note how others react to their actions and find ways to resolve conflicts amicably; all valuable skills that they will take into adulthood. 



Language and communication

High levels of interaction with their peers is highly beneficial for children’s communication skills; as mentioned above they will learn how to communicate their feelings, interact with others and hone their skills of thinking and understanding. Being around lots of other children naturally encourages more conversation.


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Personal space

Experiencing a different environment helps children learn important boundaries regarding their own personal space and that of others. Children  grow confident in engaging in both individual and group play, and this time teaches them how to interact with other children without being too pushy or overwhelming. 

Schoolencourages children’s independence and self reliance, and learning to manage tasks on their own provides a great confidence boost. Seemingly simple things like putting their shoes on or learning to hold a paintbrush all build children’s self esteem and gives a feeling of ‘I can do it’. “

Titus says,  I like to play with my friends with the blocks.

Hazel says,  I like to draw my family and be with Emmy from Room 15

Heath says,  I see the monster trucks and go brmmm with my friends.

Wyatt says,  I like to go to Breakfast Club with my friend and have a drink.

Keywords: social interaction, learning readiness, habitual lateness