The Junior School covers the National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Years 3 to 6 (age 7-11). The four parallel classes in each year group are carefully balanced according to gender and ability.
Under the guidance of the Head of Department, teachers provide stimulating activities to build up pupil confidence and harness natural curiosity. Children thereby achieve high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding while enjoying the learning process. Where possible and appropriate, children are taken on out-of-school excursions in order to enhance classroom teaching.
Some pupil work falls easily into identifiable subject areas but children are also involved in a variety of cross-curricular topic based investigations. This will become more apparent as the new Primary Curriculum is adopted throughout the Primary Department over the coming years.
Our approach promotes a variety of skills and offers scope for the development of many different concepts. We emphasize active investigative methods to facilitate purposeful learning and to encourage independence, while at the same time ensuring that the main requirements of the National Curriculum are covered. As in Britain, towards the end of Year 6, the children take National Assessment Tests (NCTs) in the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy.
Other “Foundation Studies” based on Art, Craft and Technology, Humanities, Information and Communication Technology, Music, P.E., in addition to one lesson of Spanish per day, complete the Junior curriculum.
In general, Junior children work mainly with one class teacher although certain subjects, such as Music and Physical Education, are studied with specialist teachers.