The curriculum promotes challenge and excellence, and is sympathetically planned to meet the developing needs of the pupils as they progress through the school.
The Junior School covers Years 1 to 4. There are two parallel mixed-ability forms in Years 1 and 2 and three parallel mixed-ability forms in Years 3 and 4. The day is divided into nine lessons.
Throughout the Junior School, all children are taught English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Spanish, French, ICT, Music, Art / Design Technology, PSHCE and Religious Education in line with National Curriculum guidelines.
The Junior School builds on the solid foundation established by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils are taught by subject specialist teachers in ICT, Music, French, Spanish, Physical Education and Games. The Head of Junior School teaches PSHCE to all class groups.
In Year 4 the children are split into sets for Mathematics. The groups are split in to an ‘A’ set, two parallel ‘B’ sets and a ‘C’ set. Lessons in English and Mathematics take place each day and are timetabled for the morning.
Pupils in the Junior School are encouraged to join extra‐curricular clubs, which include choir, training choir, craft, drama, gardening, ICT and a wide variety of sports clubs. Some children learn to play a range of musical instruments in individual lessons.
Educational visits take place throughout the year to places of interest related to work in the classroom. Educational groups visit the school to enhance the teaching and learning about historical topics, such as the Romans and Vikings. There are three activity days in the summer term when the children experience a wide range of sporting and academic activities on and off site to enhance the curriculum.