Emphasis on developing independent thinking and study skills and girls are encouraged to think and find things out for themselves.

The Good Schools Guide

Years 3 – 6

From Year 3 the girls follow a more structured timetable with the majority of subjects taught by specialist teachers in specialist classrooms. The Art Room, Drama Studio, ICT Suite, Music Centre and Science Laboratory are fully equipped with everything pupils need to facilitate a fast pace to their learning. All girls enjoy swimming every week at the 25 metre, 6 lane Senior School pool, playing Netball and Tennis and practising Athletics.

In Year 6 Study Skills lessons are introduced to the timetable. In these sessions girls explore how they learn best as individuals and establish strategies and techniques to assist independent study, reasoning skills, revision and examination techniques. This helps them prepare for their senior school education as well as for entrance examinations. The girls also develop self-confidence through taking part in productions, concerts and gymnastics displays each year and leading school assemblies.

Curriculum

Whilst the national curriculum for Key Stage 2 provides the foundation for our Juniors curriculum we go far beyond national curriculum recommendations and achieve standards which exceed national expectations.

The school day for Juniors is divided into 8 lessons and each Form follows a weekly timetable which includes the following subject allocation:

  • English – 9 lessons
  • Mathematics – 9 lessons
  • Science – 3 lessons
  • French – 2 lessons
  • History – 2 lessons
  • Geography – 2 lessons
  • ICT – 2 lessons
  • Religious Studies – 1 lesson
  • Music – 2 lessons
  • Art and Design Technology – 3 lessons
  • Drama – 1 lesson
  • Games – 2 lessons
  • Swimming – 1 lesson
  • PE – 1 lesson
  • Study Skills (in Years 5 and 6) – 1 lesson
  • Time is also allocated daily to Quiet Reading and Form Time.
  • PSHE mornings are held twice a term.

Homework

In Year 3 girls are expected to spend 20 minutes an evening on their homework as well as reading. By Year 6 the girls will have two pieces of homework on most evenings, each taking about 30 minutes.