We pride ourselves on our excellent relationships with all pupils and by building on the foundations established during the Pre-Prep years, our Junior Department encourages all children to thrive and develop into confident independent learners.
In Years 3 to 6 the pupils’ form tutor is at the centre of their learning however subject specialists will gradually be introduced and children will move to different classrooms during the course of the day.
We understand that young children learn better through making links and although we broadly follow the new National Curriculum (2014) we ensure a large part of this is topic based. Within this, a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy is maintained.
During Key Stage 2 individual pupils’ academic progress is regularly monitored and assessed, with emphasis placed on literacy, maths and science, although we ensure this is not at the expense of our broader curriculum.
Colston’s School broadly follows the new National Curriculum (2014) but we also take opportunities to extend beyond the study guidelines and we look to establish cross-curricular links wherever possible.
Our broad curriculum takes full advantage of the excellent facilities we have in the school, including dedicated classrooms for science, ICT, DT, Art and Music. Our fully qualified and professional teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach and aim to make learning interesting and fun. All children have opportunities to excel in music, drama, languages, sport and art and our year group topic maps provide parents with a guide to what is being studied in each subject area.
From Year 3 children will participate in regular school sport fixtures, trips and residential visits. A wide range of clubs are also on offer to extend interest and enjoyment further. We are very fortunate to have all the facilities of the Upper School available to us and frequent use is made of the sports pitches, sport centre, theatre, Chatterton Hall and swimming pool.
Successes and achievements in school are recognised through credits, merits and commendations. These are collectively shared and praised in weekly presentation assemblies which reflect the ethos of the school as a thriving, caring and dynamic community.
Our pupils are encouraged to become confident, articulate, respectful and tolerant and older children are given responsibilities to help with their personal development. Some children will become House Captains of one of our four houses, which forms part of our pastoral care and competition arrangements.
In Years 5 and 6 staff are particularly aware of the Entrance Test requirements for transfer to the Upper School and our maths and English programmes take this into account. A number of transition activities take place to prepare the children for the step-up to Year 7 and the exciting challenges that lie ahead.