The Junior School has three Year Groups accommodating pupils aged between 7 and 10 years. The school day involves five lessons in the morning, separated by a break time, and a further three lessons after lunch.
When school finishes, children are able to choose from a wide range of activities as part of our thriving Leadership in Action (Extra-curricular) programme.
The Junior School Class Teachers teach the subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and aspects of Personal, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). We use a variety of teaching approaches, depending on the subject; children may learn as a whole class, or in small groups. As the children progress through the Junior School, they are encouraged to work increasingly independently, often working collaboratively with others.
Homework is given on a regular basis and usually complements work being carried out in class. We particularly encourage children to talk about their work with their parents. Subjects taught by specialist teachers outside of the classroom include Music, Physical Education (PE), Information Communication Technology (ICT), Swimming, Thai Language, Modern Foreign Languages and Thai Studies.
Recognising the importance of progression and continuity in learning, the Junior School Team aims to provide an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum, which builds on and develops skills introduced in the Infant School. The lessons are relevant and meet the needs of the pupils now, but also with an eye to the future. As a professional organisation, we are able to draw upon best practice from around the world. The curriculum we offer incorporates elements of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), as well as the British National Curriculum. All Junior pupils have the opportunity to engage in a variety of sports, and all have the opportunity to study a musical instrument.
The acquisition of high-level English skills is a top priority. We have recently enhanced our curriculum by incorporating elements of the ‘Big Writing’ programme to improve the methods used to teach writing, and we have a strong, dedicated team of teachers who continue to monitor, moderate and improve our provision.
The Junior School curriculum is becoming often skills based, with pupils being supported to become independent learners. In addition, pupils are taught to organise themselves in a manner appropriate to their age, and are given all possible opportunities to develop leadership skills. Careful consideration is also given to the knowledge pupils need in order to begin their studies into new areas. When beginning new topics, the starting point is always to establish prior knowledge and skills.
We are able to take full advantage of a range of ICT resources, using these in all subject areas, ensuring pupils become confident users of the latest technologies.
We plan exciting Curriculum Days and events. These have in the past included Mathematics and Science Days, as well as House Activities and a host of Educational Visits.
Here in the Junior School, we recognise the need to make learning engaging and exciting; to stimulate the minds of our pupils and to encourage a love of learning.