Junior School – Pre-Prep Education

Overview

The Junior School pursues high academic and pastoral standards for children in Years 1 to 3, placing importance on individual attention for each child. We foster enthusiasm and initiative in children and believe it important to encourage pupils to nurture their own individual talents and personalities. It is through these things that self-esteem and confidence are built, producing happy, inquisitive children who want to care for, and find out about the world around them.

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Entry to the Junior School

The Junior School is made up of Years 1 to 3 and all offers are made dependent on class vacancies. For Year 1 entry (aged 5+), pupils are assessed in a similar manner to those being seen for potential entry into Reception.

For Year 2 and Year 3 entry there is a longer assessment process during which children undertake written, numeracy and reading tests. An offer of a place will be dependent on a satisfactory report from a child’s current school.

Scholarships are available for children joining Year 3. Information about our academic scholarships can be found here.

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Curriculum

Early literacy and numeracy are very important and the traditional academic subjects form the core curriculum. The younger children all have a class teacher and classroom assistant and their day consists of a mixture of formal lessons and learning through play. Whilst children of all ages continue to have a form teacher, as they grow older a larger part of the curriculum is delivered by subject specialists. The combined sciences form an increasingly important part of the timetable as the children mature. The use of computers is introduced from an early stage, both as its own skill and as an integrated part of the pupils’ education.

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Art

Art and craft are vital areas of self expression and imagining and creating images and tangible work brings joy and pleasure. All pupils spend time on art and craft work and the development of practical skills needed for this. Art in School is complemented by experience of the work of great artists. There are always displays of the pupils’ own work within the School.

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Music

Music is part of the school curriculum from the earliest years. As children get older they have the opportunity to learn an individual instrument: piano, violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, guitar, voice and drums are among the many lessons on offer.

There are two choirs, an orchestra and several instrumental groups.

Devonshire House musicians perform on various occasions throughout the year, both formally and informally.

ICT

Throughout the school there are interactive whiteboards to enhance the delivery of the curriculum. Children have access to two banks of laptops and two ICT Suites.

In the Junior School every child has a weekly lesson with a specialist teacher using a bank of touch screen laptops. They learn wordprocessing, touch typing, how to use a spreadsheet and some basic programming.