The Upper Junior classes have an exciting and challenging year, both academically and socially, with the emphasis on encouraging pupils to discover something of themselves. Self-discovery comes with experience and pupils are encouraged to develop an interest in all subjects where emerging gifts and talents are celebrated.
In this year, pupils are set for mathematics and elements of English with the majority of other lessons being organised on a mixed ability basis. Learning is further enhanced at this stage by using an increasing number of specialist facilities and teachers from the Senior department. This has the added benefit of ensuring a smooth transition into Seniors. In addition, in preparation for the next stage of their education, homework is given a higher priority with the expectation of daily reading, spelling and tables as well as a subject-based task.
To complement the broad curriculum a wide variety of trips and activities are arranged throughout the year. An early highlight is the residential visit to Hooke Court in Dorset where knowledge is extended through various field studies, living history experiences and activity programmes. A week in the company of their peers also enables pupils to develop their interpersonal social skills and individuality. To further their independence, pupils in the Upper Juniors are expected to support their school community by assuming responsibilities which involve interaction between younger pupils and staff. House, Games, Music and Drama Captains are elected (House Captains are elected by the pupils) to help promote a strong sense of camaraderie and self-esteem.
In the wider community, pupils demonstrate their awareness by organising fund-raising initiatives for their preferred wide-ranging charities.
Finally, the year ends with two exciting projects that teach new skills by building upon those already learnt throughout Juniors. The first is a year group production where pupils demonstrate their many talents by creating scenery, singing, dancing and of course acting, which can be enjoyed by the whole school. The second is an engineering project involving the construction of a Greenpower electric car; the pupils build the car and design the body work, which is linked into their Design Technology week. The excitement culminates in race day at Goodwood in July. Both of these projects require collaborative team work, as well as providing a wonderful finale to this fun and exciting year.