Children on average make greater progress in the Juniors than they would in other settings, nurtured by our individual approach to every child, regular assessments and tracking of their academic development, opportunities for growth and leadership and the breadth of our curriculum.
Through our Junior Years pupils children are expertly prepared for the next step in their educational journey; our Upper School.
The Junior curriculum ensures continuity from the Infants, and the emphasis moves further towards the children becoming more independent and reflective learners.
The study of a variety of core, traditional texts challenge the children to become more familiar with a variety of different authors. The skills of inference and deduction become ever more prominent as children become more independent readers. Mathematics continues to be underpinned by skills such as problem solving and enquiry, but discovering and using a variety of different methods of calculation play a key part in lessons, as well as investigation into every day problem solving.
Practical science lessons enable the children to hone the skills of planning, prediction and investigation, as well more formal recording of experiments and results. Geography and History lessons come alive with a variety of special events, including Evacuee Day when the children dress up and are evacuated. Art and Design Technology focus on previously learnt skills, whilst in Year 5 and Year 6, pupils experience French, German and Spanish, whilst Latin offers the opportunity for links to be made between different languages.
Competitive sport begins in the Juniors, with pupils getting the opportunity to play rugby, football, netball, rounders and athletics and swimming on a weekly basis. Thinking Skills and Personal Social and Health Education lessons continue to build on previous learning.
Beach School continues to offer opportunities for outdoor learning and is more closely linked to specific curriculum topics. Passport ensures that pupils are given leadership opportunities and offer challenges in a variety of forms, such as needlework, debating, coding and astronomy.