Throughout the Junior Department, children are encouraged to reach their potential through hard work and individual attention from the class teacher.
There is a special emphasis placed on English, Mathematics and Information Technology, within a broad and balanced curriculum.
Class sizes are kept small so that children receive the very best in teaching attention and to create a very friendly atmosphere, a combination which provides every child with the opportunity to succeed.
In Mathematics, the emphasis is on a mixed approach with traditional and modern techniques used, where children are taught to their own ability. Within English lessons, children are encouraged to confidently express themselves in both speaking and writing, but are also reminded of the importance of accurate grammar and punctuation. All children have access to a Science laboratory and its equipment to investigate and question scientific topics covered within the department. The children also cover a wide range of topics to prepare them for the Senior Department.
Information Technology is taught to all children, either in the classrooms, which are equipped with their own computers, or in a specially designed Infant/Junior Computer Suite where every child has their own PC using the latest Microsoft Software. Here children learn fundamental computer skills and use various programs to reinforce the concepts learnt in the classroom.
French is taught from Year 3, with the emphasis on oral skills, colours, numbers, and simple phrases. Speech and Drama can be undertaken at this age group, where many children enjoy success in both regional and national competitions.
Within History and Geography, many topics are covered in the form of projects, where children are encouraged to research information, under the guidance of their classroom teacher.
Art plays an important role within the Junior Department, with many pieces of excellent children’s work recognised by display throughout the school.
Sport plays a major role, where the children have use of the sports hall and the playing fields every week. Skills are taught within lessons and the children are encouraged to participate in school teams. The U11 Football Team was crowned ISA National Champions for 2004 and runners up in 2008 and 2010.
During the academic year, children attend several educational visits to enhance the work covered in the classroom. Trips specific to this age group include a Field Study week, which takes place mainly in Yorkshire.