Lower School warmly welcomes children from 5 to 9 years old to an engaging environment where young minds thrive through daily challenge and achievement. With the benefits of small class sizes and large classroom spaces, the children can explore their learning with new opportunities.
Currently, we are working hard in improving the approach we give to the Lower School. We are working this term to develop our curriculum and environments for a fresh, more impactful approach in the new school year.
In Lower School, we believe in having a varied approach to education. Therefore, we have structured a balanced and diverse curriculum that covers a wide range of topics, themes and learning about the world around us.
We aim to offer a broad and balanced educational diet for each child in our care. This is achieved by having English and math lessons each day. Following the English National Curriculum, we can successfully equip our children with the key skills they need for knowledge, skills and problem-solving.
Using a thematic approach, the children are exposed to skills in geography, history, and social studies. These are planned throughout the year as ‘blocks’ of learning. The children will be learning about a theme that exposes them to subjects in an engaging and exciting way. It is also a key opportunity to build on the foundation skills taught within English and math lessons to solidify understanding in a new context.
We are also transitioning our science into blocks of learning too. This gives the children the chance to delve deeper into subjects. By deep diving into science topics like this, the children not only learn the knowledge around a subject but are also given time to explore scientifically to develop skills such as observation, questioning, interpreting results and communication.
Specialist lessons become a more regular and embedded part of the timetable in Lower School. Our children have regular lessons with specialist teachers to lean Spanish, art, music, P.E, drama, and dance.
Regardless of the subject, we encourage the children to learn in a multitude of ways. Through practical activities, discussions, research, the children can access and talk about their learning in different ways so they can choose their own path towards the learning objective.
In Lower School, we understand that children can go through large transitions in their school lives. That is why we work carefully to ensure that we can transition children into, and out of, Lower School as smoothly as possible.
As the children grow and move through Lower School, their approach to the learning will also develop. As they enter Year 1, they will have a chance to learn through play, as they would have with Early Years. By the time they are in Year 4, we will be readying them for Upper School by giving them more independence and responsibility in how they learn and ways in which they can present their learning.