The secure foundation of the Early Years is continued into the Infants. Children are nurtured and supported in their learning and school life continues to be practical and fun. The Infant team provide a positive, happy and secure environment so that each and every child can fulfil their own potential.
Our broad curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, CDT and Art are taught by a dedicated team of form teachers, whilst ICT, French and Music are taught by specialist teachers. Teaching assistants are an integral part of the Infant staff and work in partnership with the teachers to ensure that the quality and consistency of the teaching allows children to make excellent progress in a happy and caring atmosphere. Investigation and independent problem solving underpins the inter-active learning within the classroom environment.
As well as termly trips to support the learning within each year group, visitors and workshops enable the children to enjoy a wide variety of experiences.
Our extensive grounds are fundamental to our outdoor learning and we offer many after-school clubs and activities to appeal to a variety of interests.
All our children are expected to progress from the Infant Department into the Juniors at the end of Year 2. Here the teaching becomes increasingly subject based.
The form teacher acts as a personal tutor to the children in their class and is in close contact with the parents. He or she, together with the specialist teachers, will help your child to learn at an appropriate pace, independently and collaboratively applying knowledge and skills already acquired.
As in the Infant Department, pupils benefit from a wide variety of educational trips and visiting speakers, exhibitions and workshops. In Year 5, pupils have their first experience of a residential trip when they spend four days at Flatford Mill on a Geography field trip. Year 6 currently enjoy a five day residential graduation trip to the Isle of Wight.
Throughout the Juniors we foster a sense of community, individual responsibility, consideration and courtesy within a productive, dynamic and extremely happy working environment.
To help ensure pupils are thoroughly prepared for 11+ examinations at the top end of the school, all teaching in Years 5 and 6 is delivered by specialists. However, the form teacher remains crucial to the needs of the children in their class and is the first point of contact for parents.
The Headmaster provides specific guidance on choices of secondary school to parents in Year 5 and 6 based on their child’s academic potential, talents and personality.