Academic studies throughout Year 5 and Year 6 continue to be complemented by a diverse programme of sporting and cultural activities which give a breadth of experience to pupils, offering them opportunities to enjoy new pursuits and develop additional skills.
All subjects are taught by specialists in mixed ability groups except for Mathematics which continues to be set according to ability. In Years 5 and 6 the English programme facilitates and incorporates the demands and expectations of the Literacy Strategy in preparation for the requirements of the 11+ entrance to St George's College at 11+ as well as the Key Stage Two tests taken at the end of Year 6.
We aim to foster a love of reading and continue to develop the skills needed to be become confident, independent readers. All pupils are encouraged to make full use of the School's well resourced Library with its extensive range of fiction, non-fiction and reference texts.
Science lessons are delivered in the well equipped laboratory. The Science Department aims to develop sophisticated understanding through first-hand experience whilst maintaining a balance between academic rigour and having fun.
Homework increases as pupils progress through Years 5 and 6 and attainment levels are carefully monitored to ensure they have really fulfilled their academic potential before leaving the Junior School.
Teamwork and Individual excellence are a focus for development in Year 5 and Year 6 during PE and Games lessons. Pupils benefit from the extensive facilities both on the Junior School and College sites and expert coaching from experienced sports staff. Both boys and girls have a comprehensive fixture list in all major team sports which, together with Inter-House matches each term, ensures as many pupils as possible have the opportunity to play for a team.
Creative and Performing Arts are also given a high profile in Years 5 and 6. Drama features in curriculum planning and as an extra curricular enrichment activity. Year 5 pupils are entered for the Junior Grade 3 English Speaking Board Examination. All Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to enter for the London Academy of Arts acting examinations and they take part in Inter-House Public Speaking and Debating competitions. A particular highlight of Year 6 is their end of year Drama Production involving every member of the year group.
Music features strongly in the life of the pupils with many of them joining the Chapel Choir, the Orchestra or one of several smaller ensembles. Many take advantage of individual tuition from the visiting peripatetic staff, achieving much success in the Associated Board examinations. Opportunities for playing and performing are available at various times throughout the school year with pupils performing at formal and informal concerts, Inter-House Music competitions as well as in the local community.
The standard of Art and Design Technology work produced by pupils in the top two year groups is of a very high standard, with individuality and creativity being nurtured. The subjects enjoy specialist facilities including a kiln which enables the study of ceramics be included in the curriculum programme and access to networked computers to aid pupil research and inspire their planning of projects.
Before they leave the Junior School, Year 6 pupils have the option of taking part in a residential outward bound trip to Little Canada, Isle of Wight, during the summer half-term. Here they can develop qualities which cannot be defined by academic success: inter-personal skills, team spirit, leadership potential, self-awareness and mental and physical stamina.