The Junior School is located in the Cloisters; it covers Years 3 and 4, who we commonly refer to as our 7s and 8s. Pupils have their own class tutor who teaches them for most lessons in the Junior School, but there are also specialist teachers for lessons such as Music, French, Design Technology, Games, and PE. The Junior School has recently gone through a redevelopment of the classrooms, with over half of the classrooms now having new teaching walls and state-of-the-art touch screen boards. The Junior School is situated next to the library and has access to a trolley full of iPads to be used during lessons. ICT lessons are run in one of the two excellent computer rooms situated in the Evans and Freemantle buildings.
The Junior School is the first time the pupils get to play competitive Games. The boys play Rugby, Football and Cricket and girls Hockey, Netball and Rounders. Everyone gets a chance to play for the school. Pupils may also be involved in swim squad and enter galas or join the Junior School Choir.
At play time, pupils are free to run around on C Lawn, play on the adventure playground or play on the woods and climb trees – but no higher than the Headmaster, Mr Hitchings!
At lunch times and after school there is a whole range of activities. Pupils might want to go to Lego Club, or play board games or even Clay pigeon shooting! Or they may want to make something wonderful in Hama Bead Club or try their hand at archery. Perhaps they’d like to go to improve their chess skills - it’s up to them!
There is no Saturday School for our 7s, but the 8s do have morning lessons on a Saturday. Over the course of the term there are one or two fixtures on Saturdays for both the 7s and the 8s – these might be in the morning or the afternoon.
Trips are also an important part of how we learn in the Junior School, and I am big believer in getting out of the classroom and learning in lots of different environments. Recently, we have been to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum in London, Verulamium, Hazard Alley, Hughenden Manor, as well as our two big summer trips to Legoland and Whipsnade Zoo. Our 8s attend a two night residential to Bristol, full of action packed team-building activities. Throughout the year, we also have workshops within school – this year we have had visiting authors, a Lego workshop and even a local Viking!
Whatever is happening, you can be sure that the Junior School is always an exciting place to be a part of.
Andrew Manley, Head of Junior School