Children join Years 3 and 4 at the age of 7. Our aim is to provide a nurturing environment so that every child feels happy and safe, enabling them to flourish academically. A number of new children join us at this stage. We know that, initially, moving from Pre-Prep or a Primary School to Lower Juniors can feel like a big step for the children. Pupils are carefully guided during this transition, from helping them navigate our extensive grounds, to encouraging them to rise to the new expectations of Key Stage 2.
We build on the children’s foundation skills and concepts from Key Stage 1, whilst introducing new subjects and skill sets through subjects like DT, Art and the Humanities. There is specialist teaching for French, Music and Games. We have termly trips outside the school to help enrich classwork.
The children also start competitive sports matches against other schools, both at home and away, where the highlight is invariably the match tea!
In Year 4 (aged 8+), the whole year group enjoys their first residential trip to Battisborough House, Devon, Hall Grove’s field study centre. This teaches team building and independence through shared experiences as the children live and work together away from home, often for the first time.
We welcome applications for the Year 3 Taster Morning, held in November of the preceding academic year.
Miss Kirsty Furness, Section Leader (Lower Juniors)