We believe that it is important that every child should
benefit from a full and rounded education which will help prepare them for life
after school. Whilst it is obviously crucial that girls are both numerate and
literate, we also believe that they need to understand how the world around
them works. Geography, Science and History
lessons help us to provide this knowledge and they form an important part of the school curriculum. We do not believe in
teaching subjects in isolation and we encourage the pupils to make links across
subjects. This cross-curricular
awareness is carefully considered
during planning and topics are often linked between subjects.
All of our subjects are specialist taught, thus providing
the pupils with an excellent standard of teaching. We have designed a languages taster programme which means that the girls study a
different language every year starting with French in Year 3, then on to Latin in Year 4, German in Year 5 and Spanish in Year 6. These lessons are taught by specialist
teachers from our Senior School and provide the girls with the opportunity to
explore languages before deciding which ones they might like to pursue when
they move on to the Senior School.
Our Maths lessons
are streamed in order to enable us to provide the most appropriate level of
support for every ability. In some cases, where there is a wider spread of
ability, we may also stream for English.
ICT lessons take
place on a weekly basis and these sessions provide the pupils with the basic
skills which they may then develop and explore in other subjects (such as
creating graphs in Geography or PowerPoint presentations in History).
Art and Design
Technology are taught in purpose built classrooms by specialist teachers and
there are many opportunities throughout the school year when the girls are able
to showcase their artistic talents.
Music is an
important part of school life. It provides the girls with opportunities to
perform and teaches them the disciplines involved with learning an instrument.
Specialist music lessons start in Little Acorns and go right through to Year 6.
All Junior pupils attend choir practice and hymn practice once a week: the
singing is fantastic!
We think it is important that the girls take some form of
physical activity every day (more oxygen to the brain improves learning) and
our Games and PE lessons, including swimming, netball, hockey, tennis, gymnastics and dance take
place daily on-site.
We seek to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced
understanding of the world: they
enjoy weekly RE lessons in which they
study the major world religions placed within a cultural context. PSHE also provides another element of this understanding
and enables us to provide the girls with an awareness of how to cope with
personal, social, safety and health issues.
The Junior School puts on a number of productions and
performances throughout the school year and many of the skills which are
showcased at these events are acquired during drama lessons which take place in the Junior School hall.
Well planned and appropriate educational visits can really
bring a subject to life and enhance the children’s understanding of a topic. We
therefore organise a number of visits for each year group throughout the year,
making the most of what Bristol and its environs have to offer as well as
travelling further afield.
Planning and Assessment
Teaching staff take a great deal of time and care planning
progressive schemes of work for their subjects, thus ensuring that the children
receive a carefully prepared curriculum.
In the Junior School we use summative and formative
assessments to measure each child’s progress and to set targets for the future.
From Years 1 to 6 the girls will be informally assessed throughout the year but
will also take formal assessments in the summer term.
Parents receive full progress reports in the autumn
and summer terms as well as a form tutor summary report in the spring term.