Junior School FAQs
- Which curriculum do you follow?
- What is the maximum class size?
- Which languages do you study in the Junior School?
- What outdoor learning opportunities are there?
- What are the opportunities for sports?
- What are the opportunities within the Arts?
- How do you use technology within your school?
- How do you foster a community of learning?
- How do you make sure each child fulfils their potential?
- How are you preparing children to be future citizens of the world?
- What accreditations and awards has the Junior School received?
We follow elements of the English National Curriculum that we then adapt to reflect our international setting and to celebrate our diverse community.
Our curriculum is taught through cross-curricular units of work, allowing children to explore different topics through a variety of subjects. This enables children to make connections between their learning in different subjects and provides a meaningful way in which children can apply their knowledge both in and out of school.
The core focus in the Junior School is on the essential English skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to deliver high standards in all other subjects.
All children have weekly Mandarin lessons. In Years 3 and 4, we study Mandarin for 90 minutes a week building to two hours in Years 5 and 6.
We also provide a daily morning session, for native and near-native speakers who meet the criteria of attending the group. The purpose of the programme is to provide children with more exposure and targeted learning opportunities in Chinese to enable them to achieve the best of their ability in the language. In these sessions, teachers speak mainly in Chinese and the materials are tailored to the children’s learning progress. Our programme runs in two-week blocks, each of which includes learning new vocabulary, reading and writing. At the end of each block there will be a dictation/spelling test.
We encourage all students who speak a language other than English at home to continue to develop their skills in their 'mother-tongue'. We support this through a mother-tongue programme for the Junior School; this involves facilitating tuition for native speakers of French, Spanish, Urdu, Mandarin, Hindi and Japanese.
We believe that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. In the Junior School, pupils experience day trips, residential visits and acts of social service.
Residential trips include:
- Year 3 - Zoo Sleepover (1 night)
- Year 4 - Pulau Ubin and Sentosa Trip (2 nights)
- Year 5 - Malacca Trip (3 nights)
- Year 6 - Sarawak Trip (4 nights)
- Perth Adventure Trip
- Switzerland Ski Trip
- Caring for Cambodia (JASS)
- FOBISIA Music, Maths, Sports
These trips provide opportunities for children to develop essential life skills that just can’t be learned within the classroom setting.
We are incredibly proud of our comprehensive arts programme. We have specialist teachers for Music, Drama and Art that provides enriching experiences for our students and leads to every student achieving their potential.
In Music, we have created a rich and varied curriculum that employs a very practical approach incorporating the key elements of performing, composing and listening.
Specialist teaching and facilities enhance the children’s experience of Drama in the Junior School along with regular visits from international theatre companies, theatre practitioners and opportunities for all children to perform in both intimate and large scale performances. These opportunities are further enhanced by an extensive co-curricular programme including participation in ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) Festivals and the Trinity Guildhall Arts Awards.
Art and Design is an essential part of our broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. It is the formation and expression of ideas through a wide range of media and materials and has a significant role to play in children’s personal growth.
Fostering a learning community is no new concept to the Junior School, indeed it is central to our school’s aims and values which state that, “We value teachers who learn and learners who teach”. With this in mind, the Junior School have been redesigning our thinking around traditional classrooms and the manner in which we engage our learners.
We have a Future Learning Room to support deep collaborative learning by encouraging student and teacher interaction. The integration of technology to support students in sharing their learning with peers, both within and beyond the immediate learning space, is also vital.
We recognise the changing needs of our students. As such, we have a personalised learning team from learning support, precision teaching booster lessons to enrichment. We strive to ensure every child is supported and challenged appropriately regardless of their academic starting points. In addition we believe in finding every child’s potential which is why we have a broad and balanced curriculum with a quality sports and arts programme.
Our environment facilitates a holistic approach to learning where children have a real love of learning and personal development is an underpinning principle.
We seek to nurture our children whatever their unique and individual passion and talents; constantly striving for new ways to develop their potential.
Our school values of ‘respect, responsibility and purpose’ are fully embraced, ensuring that children develop into well-rounded, community-spirited and responsible, international young people who achieve high levels of academic success.
We are an accredited member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) so that we benchmark ourselves against the very best. We have also been awarded the Historical Association Silver Quality Mark (we are currently going for Gold), the Geographical Association Gold Quality Mark, International Schools Award Celebrating Diversity, UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award and the Primary Science Gold Quality Mark.
Our most recent inspection took place in February 2016 and the result was ‘Outstanding’ in all aspects. The inspectors shared that they looked to uncover every stone to see where there were weaker aspects and that at every point all they uncovered were rainbows.
However, we don’t rest on our laurels as we believe that getting better never stops and the only way to ensure this is through continual dialogue with our school community.