The great Jesuit educators were not gradgrinds. Their school day comprised two and half hours in the morning and the same in the afternoon. One day during the week was expected to be devoted to healthy recreations like walking in the countryside. They celebrated numerous feast days and there was a six week summer break.
That being the case, we’d suggest the following timetable:
- The school day starts with prayers and registration.
- The morning concentrates on English and Mathematics, with other classes, Mass and physical activity during the afternoon.
- Break times and lunchtimes are a time when the children can mix with their peers and play outside.
- Homework is set from the appropriate age and all children are encouraged to devote time to reading with their parents every day.