In the Junior school we take a personalised approach to learning and there is a family feel to the school. Small classes enable pupils to receive the individual attention they need to achieve academically and all are encouraged to have a growth mindset, to believe they can do, and to ‘have a go’ without fear of failure.
The School Day
All of the children gather together at 8.30am to start the day as a community. Class teachers lead most of the lessons and Music, PE and Ballet are taught by subject specialists. Recognising that our parents may need to juggle working out of the home and dropping off and picking up siblings at other schools, we offer a fully flexible extended day and pupils may be dropped off at school from 7.30am, where they are cared for in the dining room. Breakfast is also available in the dining room, at a small cost. After school care is available until 6.00pm, free of charge until 4.00pm.
"She comes home from school (and goes) bouncing around with a spring in her step and that is massively important and so so good to see. She is a happy child anyway but I know that she is happy at school"Mrs H.Parent of Junior pupil
An Introduction to the Curriculum
The curriculum provided by the school offers a broad and well-balanced education suited to a wide range of pupils of all ages. It is designed to prepare pupils for life as independent learners with a willingess to work with determination and commitment to achieve their potential.
We strive to provide breadth and challenge in our curriculum, whilst also tailoring our teaching to the needs of each pupil in our classes. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and aim for academic excellence at all times.
From Year 1 upwards, the new National Curriculum provides the foundation for most of our subject teaching and we extend and enrich this through a range of workshops, visits and other activities.
Children excel when they are inspired to learn and are enjoying themselves. We aim for our children to be engaged in their learning, to be inquisitive and to develop their independence and resilience as they move through our school.
Our small class sizes allow teachers to adapt to the needs of every individual, personalising their learning and ensuring appropriate challenge and stretch.
A diverse range of co-curricular activities is open to all pupils from Reception class to Year 6, to ensure that they are challenged and stimulated in their free-time. They are designed to give the girls the opportunity to try as many new things as they can, in order to discover their talents and passions. Many of the activities are free of charge and take place immediately after lunch or after school, meaning that all girls can enjoy them. Each term there is the opportunity to try new or different clubs.
We are always open to suggestions for new clubs and this is often discussed during our School Council meetings. Current clubs include Chess, Puzzles, Sewing, Crafts, Cookery, Gymnastics, Swim Squad, Netball, Golf, Choir, Computer coding and Touch typing.
In the Junior school, we encourage our pupils to develop a positive or ‘growth’ mindset with their work and everyday life. The pupils learn that mistakes help us learn and effort, resilience and perseverance are rewarded alongside academic achievement.
The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.
People with a growth mindset have been shown to achieve in life, be successful in all their pursuits and be happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all of our pupils at Greenacre.