In the fast-moving world in which we live, we believe at Queen’s College Junior School that we need to help our children develop the resilience, inquisitiveness and learning skills which will be essential to deal with change throughout their lives. Our curriculum is extremely varied, aiming to promote all aspects of a child’s development while recognising that all children are individuals and need a myriad of opportunities to enable them to progress at their own rate and reach their fullest potential.
Independent learning plays a key role as do developing active involvement, responsibility and maturity. But above all we want our children to see learning as enjoyable, to feel supported yet relish a challenge and not be afraid of taking risks.
In Years 3 and 4 the children at Queen’s College Junior School follow the International Primary Curriculum which has at its heart clear learning goals for every subject and for a child’s personal development and international understanding. Most subjects are taught at this stage by the Form Teacher in small class sizes. PE, French, Drama and Music are taught by specialist teachers and the children are set for Maths. Philosophy is introduced in Year 4 to develop thinking skills and emotional and spiritual intelligence. Some of the learning may be taught across subjects, for example, 'poverty' as a topic may span Religious Education, PHSE and Geography. English and ICT skills are incorporated into other subjects whenever appropriate.
In Years 5 and 6, the children are taught in forms by specialists in the majority of their subjects, in mixed-ability classes. However some setting takes place for Maths and English. This approach helps prepare the children for their Senior School education, when they move into different classrooms and organise themselves for lessons. We are fortunate here at Queen’s to have an exceptionally well qualified and experienced team who constantly review the curriculum, look for extension beyond the classroom, support with extra help where required and provide assessment using a variety of evaluation techniques.
The Junior School Curriculum Handbook provides an in-depth breakdown of all the subject areas for Years 3 to 6.
To download a copy of our current Curriculum Handbook, please click here.
To download a copy of our last inspection report, please click here.