The Lower School is for children in Year 3 and Year 4. Our supportive environment focuses on the personal development of each pupil alongside a strong academic curriculum.
The ability to think, discuss and express thoughts and concepts, helps build confidence in the children, develop strong friendships with classmates while learning to work cooperatively with one another.
Our close, personal and family-like environment helps to bring out the best in each pupil, as we teach them the value of respect for others, within a structured, happy and caring department.
We try to instil good listening and learning habits, which are so important throughout their lives. With our modern and excellent facilities, the classrooms are stimulating and vibrant places to learn.
Most teaching is taken by their form teachers, working alongside specialist subject staff from our Middle & Upper School.
In the Sports Department, we aim to develop each pupil’s interests in a variety of sports. School matches are introduced, where every child takes place in a team. In Music, a Junior Choir is formed and many children begin to take individual instrumental lessons and exams.
The curriculum maintains a keen emphasis on English and Maths, but there is plenty of breadth from the other subjects studied; ICT, Science, History, Geography, RS, French, Art and Music. Our pupils have an extensive list of clubs available to them, both before and after school each day.
The Lower School Children play within a beautiful field with wooden climbing logs, play structures and have outdoor play equipment available to use during break times. The children have their own locker and footwear store area in a boot room to ensure they can stay organised and be well prepared for all weathers when enjoying outdoor adventures.
During the week, pupils are offered 'Calm Break'. This is where they have the option to sit and read, colour or draw near the Lower School Building rather than going out to play in the fields. If they are having any troubles, whatever they may be, we also have 'Donkey Downtime'. Here, pupils spend quiet time with the animals, brushing them whilst they have their feed. It can provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to discuss any worries the pupils may be having and work through some strategies that can then help them in class.
Each Form is supported by a teaching assistant for English and Mathematics lessons in the mornings and our classes typically include 18 pupils. Due to our small classes every individual is continually monitored and assessed, therefore extra support, extension and guidance can be provided swiftly.