Junior School Overview

Reception to Year 3

We strongly believe in providing an opportunity for every boy to develop his full potential:

Reception follows the EYFS creative curriculum. Years 1- 3 follow the New National Curriculum. We pride ourselves on offering all boys a wide range of subject specialist teachers to teach ICT, French, Music, Art and Sport. The boys attend swimming lessons and Games sessions on a weekly basis at the Bank of England sports complex. Their learning is further enhanced by trips, special visitors, workshops and themed days. Enthusiastic staff offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs which the boys are encouraged to sample, including cookery, sewing, drama and football.

During the summer term the Reception teacher invites each prospective boy in to visit for a few hours to ease the transition to life at THS. He will spend the Reception year familiarising himself with his daily routine, making friends and gaining confidence.   This year, we believe, is all about laying a firm foundation in all areas on which to build and flourish and becoming independent happy learners. The sessions are made up of play base and more formal, teacher led sessions in preparation for Key Stage 1.

In Key Stage 1 the curriculum is subject led with half termly topics. Written homework is issued on a regular basis in addition to weekly spellings and daily reading.

As Year 3 embarks on the Key Stage 2 curriculum this is a transition year with boys looking forward to working towards earning a pen licence, times tables badges and increased responsibility in and around the school. By the end of Year 3 the boys will have regular homework preparing them for the Senior School.