Juniors (ages 7-11)
In the Junior department we have high expectations of all of our children, both academically and socially. Through a wide range of opportunities we focus on supporting all children to fulfil their potential and thrive in school. Teachers regularly plan trips to further enhance the curriculum and bring learning to life for the children. We feel it is very important that children are responsible for their own learning and as such, we are proud to have an active school council as well as ‘digital leaders’ in each junior class.
Again, small classes enable teachers to get to know their children well and offer individual care and support.
We encourage the children to have many interests by providing them with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs like netball, speech and drama, chess, fencing, speed stacking, ‘Countdown’, hockey and swimming to name but a few. The Junior children have the opportunity to learn to play a wide range of musical instruments with specialist peripatetic music teachers. We celebrate our children’s achievements in and out of the classroom in our weekly celebration assemblies and in our school twitter feed @OHGSPrep. We have Christmas, Spring and Summer concerts, when children get the opportunity to perform on the stage and further develop their self confidence.
We follow the National Curriculum and assess the children using age related standardised scores. Our children do not do the SATs tests at the end of year 6, but they do sit the entrance exam in January in year 6 for our senior school. Children are taught by primary specialists for Maths, English, PSHE and Humanities to ensure continuity in their pastoral care. They are taught by subject specialist teachers for PE, Music, Science (Y5-6), Art/ DT and Languages. In Year 5 and 6, our children use senior school facilities for Science and Art. All of our children use the school swimming pool for swimming lessons, and the school’s sports facilities for Games and PE as appropriate.