Junior School

Building strong foundations

 In the Junior School, we aim to make learning engaging in every way by tapping into children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. Our students are encouraged to work hard and achieve their personal best, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, or through the myriad of other opportunities they have for their personal development and all round growth. Our goal is to nurture curiosity, creativity and critical thinking to prepare them for the next stages of learning.

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We aim to make learning engaging in every way by tapping into children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn.

EYFS — Nursery and Reception

YEAR GROUP(S)

Nursery & Reception

AGE OF CHILD

3+ – 4+

EYFS — Nursery and Reception

Our Nursery and Reception children will be following the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum.

This covers seven areas of learning that understand the key points of early years development and allow teachers to focus on each child’s individual needs. Children will primarily learn through a play based approach, where the environment is regularly adapted to challenge them and the teachers act as facilitators in learning through their interactions with the children. 

Some systematic teaching of English and Mathematics will take place in Reception to give the children the key skills they need to learn from the world around them. Primarily, our goal is to develop the children’s characteristics of effective learning so that they are curious, attentive, creative and critical thinkers, ready for their next stage of learning.

Areas of learning for EYFS

Every child deserves the best early years education.
YEARS 1 & 2

Key Stage 1

YEAR GROUP(S)

Years 1 & 2

AGE OF CHILD

5+ – 6+

YEARS 1 & 2

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 provides a bridge between our Early Years and Key Stage 2 departments. Educational research clearly illustrates that children at this age still rely heavily on real experiences to cement their learning.

Therefore, much of the work they do involves practical activities. However, the teachers in Years 1 and 2 will begin to develop more of an understanding of how they are learning through these activities. This will be achieved through a mixture of their IPC learning process of Research, Record and Reflect, as well as through an understanding of our Jesuit Pupil Profile learning virtues: Curious and Active, Intentional and Prophetic, Attentive and Discerning, Learned and Wise.

YEARS 3 – 6

Key Stage 2

YEAR GROUP(S)

Years 3 – 6

AGE OF CHILD

7+ – 10+

YEARS 3 – 6

Key Stage 2

Throughout Key Stage 2, students begin to establish their independence and sense of responsibility in preparation for the transition to Senior School. 

By Year 3, students enter a mentoring and coaching programme in which they are assigned a dedicated coach for the remainder of Junior School.

During this four-year period, students delve deeper into the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, as well as the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Our outstanding teachers focus on involving the students as active participants in their learning through discussion, planning, action and reflection.

At this stage, students discover their passions, strengths and how to succeed in areas they may find more challenging. They begin to live the learning virtues of the Jesuit Pupil Profile: Loving and Compassionate, Hopeful and Faithfilled, Eloquent and Truthful, Generous and Grateful. This is accomplished through a pastoral framework, woven throughout the academic curriculum, in particular through our bespoke Sympatheia programme. 

Assessments are carried out informally and regularly through feedback from teachers and peer editing, as well as formally through integrated progress checks and examinations at the end of each academic year. 

Areas of Learning for Key Stage 1 & 2

Building Strong
Foundations

Stonyhurst is an innovative school supported by strong traditions, leading in educational development. Our methods of learning are continually evolving, but our primary aim remains constant:

1

to help our pupils become ‘men and women for others’ whilst creating a prosperous future.

2

We foster respect, self-discipline, resilience, confidence and concern for others, which stands our pupils in good stead throughout their Stonyhurst education, into the College – and beyond.

Prep Programme in Year 6

‘Prep’ is short for preparatory; the literal meaning of this is to prepare for a task. We recognise that to make the most out of their time in the Senior School, our Year 6 students need this opportunity to prepare for this next phase in their academic journey.

Singapore Maths

This learning is recorded by students through their Maths Journals, where the focus is on how they have approached a problem rather than just the answer.

Sympatheia

The Stonyhurst Sympatheia programme is a method of teaching and learning in which we meaningfully identify, develop and apply academic and social-emotional knowledge, skills and understanding to address a ‘real world’ community issue.

A Typical Day at Junior School

The school day begins at 08:00 with our daily Welcome and Registration. We will welcome students onto site from 7:50 when the gate is opened. During the drop-off window, children may enjoy socialisation with their friends and prepare for the start of the day. Lessons begin at 08:20 and the formal teaching day ends at 15:15 in the Junior School, following which students are warmly encouraged to stay for a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA).

Time
Nursery
Reception – Year 6
08:00 – 08:20
Welcome and Registration
Welcome and Registration
08:20 – 09:10
Period 1
Period 1
09:10 – 09:50
Period 2
Period 2
09:50 – 10:10
Junior School Break
Junior School Break
10:10 – 11:10
Period 3
Period 3
11:10 – 12:00
Period 4
Period 4
12:00 – 12:50
Junior School Lunch and Play
Junior School Lunch and Play
12:50 – 13:40
End of Nursery day 1pm (Optional stay and play)
Period 5
13:40 – 14:30
End of Nursery day 1pm (Optional stay and play)
Period 6
14:30 – 15:15
Junior School Rise and Shine Period
Junior School Rise and Shine Period
15:20 – 16:20
No CCAs
CCAs Year 1 – Year 6

Key Staff Members

Mr Jeremy Fitzpatrick

Year 6

Ms Nicola Ward

Year 5

Ms Alice Horne

Year 4

Mr Tom Johnson

Year 4

Ms Carolyn Thompson

Year 3

Mrs Nicola Johnson

Year 2

Mrs Colette Armstrong

Year 1

Ms Soné du Plessis

Reception

Ms Amareena Jayabalam

Nursery

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