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Junior School



Our Vision:

Our school seeks to provide world-class education by learning from best practice in the UK and overseas.  Through this we want all our pupils to thrive during their time here and be prepared for their next steps in life.  We want all young people to be inspired by an excellent education that raises their aspirations and enriches their lives.

Core Knowledge

Our school has a knowledge-based curriculum which you can learn more about here.  We also include a Singaporean-based approach to mathematics which you can learn about here

Core Skills

We utilise the four-stage pedagogy of the Cornerstones Curriculum to develop key skills in all of our pupils.  You can find out more about Cornerstones here.

Core Values

We are a UNICEF 'rights respecting school'.   Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states:

'Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.'

This lies at the heart of our school.   We want our pupils to want to make a positive difference to their school, their community and the world.  You can learn more about the UNICEF ‘rights respecting school’ programme here.

Overall, our approach is characterised by:

  • Inclusion
  • Engagement – including stunning starts to each topic
  • Use of assessment for learning to promote effective individualised learning
  • Effective marking and feedback
  • Parental and specialist support
  • Celebrating pupils’ academic and pastoral achievement

Ofsted 2016
Teachers… plan learning that is intended to fill gaps in pupils’ knowledge,
skills and understanding.

Our curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.  You can see some of the topics that we cover by following the links below:

Progress of our pupils is tracked regularly by the class teacher against the National Curriculum outcomes to ensure they achieve at least in line with expectations by the end of the academic year. 

Our children will progress through four stages of learning in each topic – Exploration, Experimentation Wonderment and Discovery. Each stage is adapted by the class teachers and year groups to best meet the needs of all the pupils in the class. Each topic will incorporate a memorable experience and/or a stunning start to engage pupils in the topic.   Core Knowledge is linked to these thematic units and becomes the scaffold for what our children will know by the end of each one.

Mathematics is firmly based on 'Mastery' and mirrors the  Singaporean approach - you can find out more by following the link below:

An example of one of the ways we are teaching mathematics is featured below -

The Bar Model Method


We teach a clear approach to digital literacy based on the SWGFL Digital Literacy Framework:

Home Learning
Reading is a vital life skill and we aim to provide a rich range of texts with high quality language in each topic.

Year Groups
Each year group has its own creative topic each half term, based around a memorable experience.  Please read the linked documents to explore what is taught for all subjects in each topic area.