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​​​Learning in the junior school

Inspiring creativity and curiosity in young minds. 

We see your daughter as a capable partner in the learning process. As she learns to read, write, measure and count she will also learn to think for herself. Our teachers are experts in providing a captivating blend of explicit instruction and inquiry-based learning. 

What we do is deepen her knowledge and understanding as she learns to

  • investigate
  • collaborate
  • communicate
  • reflect

With these skills, she will have the confidence to think creatively, work things out for herself and work with others.

It's a fine balance 

Firm foundations are laid in literacy and numeracy while keeping alive your daughter's natural sense of awe and eagerness to learn. The development of knowledge, understanding and skills and the ability to transfer learning between subject areas is central to our curriculum.

In addition to English, mathematics, science, history and geography taught by class teachers, we have specialist teachers for art, music and drama, PE, biblical studies and library lessons. Your little girl will be learning a language from Kindergarten (French or Chinese) and we have a strong STEM focus throughout the curriculum.

Studio learning

Studio Learning encourages our girls to collaborate. The weekly sessions replicate the ways knowledge is acquired and applied in the wider world. Teachers pose questions of different kinds (conceptual, factual, debatable) to spark interest and to help the girls think and begin to question. They are able to apply the content they have learned by using curiosity, perseverance and teamwork to produce authentic work. As they investigate, even our very youngest students begin to learn about relationships and how it feels to be really engaged.

Library love

Visits to our library are a highlight of the school week for the girls and our talented teacher librarian knows just how to inspire a love of reading. The girls' library bags are bursting when a library lesson ends and the excitement of new stories, engaging research projects and the wonder of the library itself becomes an enduring memory for many of our girls as they progress through the junior school and into the senior school.

Keeping you informed

We will update you with her progress as she grows and learns. Our skilled teachers determine her individual needs through comprehensive assessment, observation and consultation. You can be assured your daughter's learning and progress will be closely monitored. When we notice that she needs a little extra, we have a dedicated learning enrichment team who can offer extension and support.

​​Junior school students working on a STEM project

Junior school students smiling in her classroom