The range and depth of academic challenge increases in Years 3 and 4. It is enhanced by a number of extra-curricular clubs and activities in sport, art, music and hobbies, such as chess. In Year 4 there is a small intake of girls and the classes are split into two smaller mixed ability groups of about 12-15.
“Pupils build rapidly on prior attainment and make swift academic progress.” ISI report 2017
Intellectual stimulus, skilled teaching, encouragement and a wide range of resources and modern equipment produce a high standard of work. Good study habits are nurtured through regular challenging homework and class tests.
The emphasis is on the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT, but the syllabus also includes the teaching of History, Geography, Art, Music, French, Design Technology, Drama, PHSCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and RE. Latin is now introduced to the girls in Year 6.
The very sound academic foundation in the basic skills provided up to the end of Year 4 enables teachers to undertake a variety of challenging work in the last two years. Many tasks incorporate secondary level material.
“Pupils achieve success and fulfilment across a wide range of activities and pursuits.” ISI report 2017
Class work is differentiated and can involve team teaching with specialist teachers. This allows flexibility of groups and topics. In Year 6 girls will be able to undertake independent research and will be competent ICT users.
By the end of Year 6 the pupils will have reached their full potential and will have attained schools of their choice. Pupils are prepared for Scholarship and Common Entrance exams and for the 11+ exams for entry to senior schools. They will also have learnt to be responsible members of a school community and to care for others through service to charities.