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Junior Years

Children enjoy six years within our Junior School setting before spending their Primary 7 year, known as 'Transitus', at the Senior School.

Junior 1

An introduction to School life

For many, Junior 1 acts as the first step on the ladder of the High School experience.

The Junior 1 curriculum initially develops Early Level literacy and mathematical skills through a variety of opportunities that foster independence, creativity and critical thinking skills.

Within our nurturing environment we embed the essential skills of reading, writing, listening and counting through a combination of formal teaching methods and planned purposeful play, with pupils also participating in specialist subjects including Art, Drama, French, Music and Physical Education.

Junior 1 pupils facilitate the transfer and application of core skills by engaging with topics such as 'Day and Night', 'Superheroes', 'Under the Sea' and 'The Farm', while the annual Christmas Nativity play, enterprise events and engaging local outings provide the opportunity for our young learners to develop their skills and extend their knowledge.

Throughout the year, our families are encouraged to get involved through our 'Sharing the Learning' events.

Junior 2

Building upon previously learned core skills

Our Junior 2 curriculum builds upon pupils' core reading, writing and mathematical ability, while specialist lessons in Art, Drama, French, Music and Physical Education continue.

Junior 2 children continue to work on their literacy skills, learning to read with improved fluency and expression, using a range of level-appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts. They develop their talking and listening skills, and learn to write simple instructions and stories as they develop a joined handwriting script.

Pupils consolidate their understanding of numbers, place value and problem solving, as well as studying time, symmetry and shape.

Our learning is further enhanced through a programme of exciting and interactive topics that include 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', 'Our Local Community', 'Our Senses', 'Mini-beasts' and 'Castles'.

Family involvement is encouraged throughout the year using our Seesaw pages and community events such as our 'Sharing the Learning about Castles Day'. The latter is a highlight in our calendar: the pupils dress up in medieval costume, prepare and present an assembly, and share their new knowledge and skills with families and friends, concluding the topic with a medieval banquet!

Junior 3

Consolidating knowledge and extending skillsets

Our Junior 3 curriculum consolidates and extends pupils' mathematical, reading and spelling strategies introduced in Junior 1 and 2.

Pupils' comprehension strategies are developed within a variety of contexts, with our learners provided with regular opportunities to practice their presentation skills in front of an audience.

Our writing programme allows children to touch on a range of topics, with pupils encouraged to self-evaluate, edit their work and identify the next steps. In Mathematics, pupils are encouraged to problem solve within practical contexts, while a range of strategies are introduced in aid of working with larger numbers.

Our class topics are wide-ranging and engaging. They include 'The Rainforest', 'The Skies Above our Eyes' and 'The Romans'. Meanwhile, our specialist subject provision continues, with the addition for Junior 3 pupils of weekly swimming lessons.

'Sharing the Learning' assemblies, a Junior 3 show and other topic-based enterprise events take place throughout the year, while local excursions help our children learn more about their community and the wider world.

Junior 4

Greater independence, with pupils becoming leaders of their own learning

Junior 4 marks the beginning of 'upper school'. It is at this point that we encourage even greater independence in our children, inspiring them to be leaders of their own learning.

While maintaining the formal aspects of learning, we foster a creative and engaging approach to our Junior 4 curriculum, particularly in our topic work, where our children have a stronger voice.

Junior 4 pupils take charge of hosting an annual charity coffee morning for family and friends, leading the planning process, selecting a chosen charity, writing invitations to guests and visiting local supermarkets to order food, in the process, actively applying their mathematical skills in order to work within a budget.

Our 'Human Body' topic sees pupils don their lab coats and lanyards, displaying teamwork skills to discover the internal systems that make up the human body, as well as taking part in experiments that demonstrate the journey food takes through our digestive system!

Junior 5

Enhancing knowledge and increased subject specialisation

The Junior 5 curriculum continues to build upon the essential knowledge and skills previously gained.

Weekly Information and Communications Technology (ICT) lessons and an additional weekly French lesson, taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School, are introduced at this stage.

Greater independence and increased responsibility are reinforced throughout the Junior 5 year, with pupils travelling to the Senior School campus in Anniesland for outdoor learning during weekly Games sessions.

Essential skills are developed further as pupils embark upon a highlight of Junior School life, their first residential trip, to the city of York, complementing the learning of their class topic, 'The Vikings'.

Junior 5 pupils have the opportunity to plan, prepare and perform at the annual Burns Supper, a fitting finale to their Robert Burns topic. This event allows pupils to enhance their skills in art and design, technology and performance, culminating in a magical evening for invited guests.

Junior 6

Adding to excellent foundations, taking responsibility and getting ready for the step up to Transitus

Junior 6 year acts as the culmination of Junior School life, preparing pupils for the step up to Transitus year at our Senior School.

Pupils build on their excellent foundations in literacy and numeracy. Further focus on the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills are established through opportunities to apply knowledge and understanding in interdisciplinary contexts. This includes the planning and delivery of an enterprise event linked to the Junior 6 Drama production.

Class topics focus on Social Studies ('World War II') and Science ('Electricity and Space') and entail a number of immersive events including a visit from Homefront Histories and exciting trips to Whitelee Windfarm, Glasgow Science Centre and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.

Pupils continue to enjoy an enriched learning experience through a broad range of specialist subjects. Junior 6 children travel to the Senior School campus to partake in twice weekly games sessions, with a focus on athletics, hockey and rugby. In addition, weekly swimming lessons, competitive inter-school matches and annual sporting competitions display our emphasis on the importance of outdoor learning.

Pupils greatly benefit from visiting subject specialist lessons from our Senior School teachers, including lessons within Senior School Science laboratories. Junior 6 pupils also have the chance to attend Drama productions at the Senior School's dedicated Drama Studio. These visits to our Senior School allow Junior 6 pupils to become comfortable in this new environment, allowing for a seamless transition from Junior to Senior School life.

Junior 6 pupils take part in an annual trip to Newlands Outdoor Activity Centre in Keswick to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as gyhll scrambling, high rope walking and kayaking. The week-long excursion is an opportunity for our children to build strong relationships and develop key skills in communication, teamwork and confidence, as well as acting as a wonderful way to complete their Junior School experience.

Transitus

An early move for our Primary 7 cohort into a Senior School setting

This move enables pupils to have access to greater subject choices, as well as gaining a head start on the curriculum.

Making this step up to our Senior School in Anniesland engenders maturity amongst our young learners, as they take on increased independence and responsibility within a safe and supportive environment.

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