It is within the Junior School that our pupils encounter a hybrid timetable that combines lessons in English, Mathematics, RME, PSE and ICT delivered in their own classroom by their primary class teacher, with lessons taught in the wider school by senior subject specialists – Art Music, PE, Modern Languages, Laboratory Science, Engineering and Design Technology, Home Economics and Computing. Having been taught Social Subjects through topic work in the Prep School, our older pupils are eager to study History, Geography and Science in greater depth; these “swap” subjects which are taught by subject specialists within the Junior School staff. In addition, Junior 1 pupils follow a Life Skills course which tackles subjects of contemporary relevance including Personal Finance, Careers and the World of Work and Sustainability.
Time away from the textbooks is important too, of course and the various trips, activities, using the school’s variety of on-campus facilities and visiting speakers help keep those young minds fresh, stimulated and eager to achieve. Junior 1 pupils can look forward to a two-night trip away (most recently to Ford Castle, Northumberland), whilst Junior 2 pupils set off for five days at Benmore in Argyll.
Continuous assessment takes place throughout the year, and involves observation, reflection and testing. This allows teachers to chart the progress of each individual child and share their learnings with parents through two yearly Parents’ Consultations, written reports in June, and informally through Dollar’s commitment to an ‘open doors’ policy.