Each of the reception, year one and year two classes has a full-time qualified teaching assistant, who supports the class teacher.
The children are taught by specialist teachers in some subjects such as modern foreign languages, information and communication technology, music, science and physical education. Pupils also have a regular swimming lesson.
The children in the infant department have a separate playground as well as being able to use the main junior school playground and fields for their supervised playtimes.
At the end of year two, most children move automatically from the Infant department into the junior department.
There are two or three parallel classes in each of the four years. In year three and four the class teacher teaches his or her class for most subjects, although some subjects are taught by specialist staff. More specialist teaching is introduced in the final two years. The children are based in their own classrooms but move to specialist teaching rooms for some subjects.
The curriculum is broad. There is an emphasis on the teaching of English, mathematics and science, but not at the expense of other subjects. Music and the arts have a high profile. French, Spanish and German are taught in most year groups with an emphasis on oral work. All pupils are taught ICT by a specialist teacher and they have a weekly library lesson. Personal, Social and Health Education is taught.
The facilities are excellent. There is a computer room, as well as computers in all classrooms, a library with a computerised system, and dedicated rooms for music, science, art and design and technology.
Infant and junior children have regular PE and swimming lessons, taught by specialist staff. Juniors also have weekly games lessons. The major sports are football, hockey, cricket, netball, athletics, cross country, tennis and swimming. Rugby is also taught. Teams compete regularly in tournaments and competitions. The standard of sport throughout the school is high. Matches against other schools are played during the week and on Saturday mornings. On a typical Saturday there are A, B and C team fixtures against other schools in football and hockey, giving as many children as possible the chance to represent the school.
In addition to having timetabled music lessons many children learn to play musical instruments, taught by visiting peripatetic teachers. Children regularly play in assemblies and choirs, and the orchestra and string groups also perform on a regular basis.
We hope that this brief information is useful and will provide you with an insight into the work your child will be doing this term.
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s form teacher or to Mrs Claire Nichols, the curriculum coordinator.
Visits to places of interest, both local and further afield, are regularly arranged for all children, as are visits to school by individuals and groups. All junior pupils have the opportunity to go on residential trips each year.
It is the right of every child to feel happy and secure. There is regular contact between class teachers and parents. Children also benefit from the support of a full-time school nurse. Bullying in any form is not tolerated, and there is a clear anti-bullying policy in school with procedures made clear to children, parents and staff.
Assessment and reporting
We hold formal parents’ evenings twice a year and parents are welcome in school at other times to discuss their child’s progress.
Junior pupils in years three, four, five and six sit school assessments in English and Mathematics in the autumn term. Children in years two, three, four and five also sit assessments in the summer term.
Year six pupils sit the entrance examination for the senior school in January.The vast majority of year six pupils pass the examination and move into the senior school at age 11.
The Infant children receive two progress reports in the autumn and spring terms and a full written report at the end of the summer term. In the juniors reports are sent home in February and at the end of the academic year.
Homework is set regularly. The amount varies according to the age of the child. It is important that time limits should be observed; homework must not become a burden for either child or parent.