Curriculum

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Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School offers children a comprehensive learning programme based on the national curriculum Key Stage 2 (for all children in Years 3 to 6). However as part of an independent grammar school, the school offers opportunities beyond the standard curriculum offered by many schools.

Debating clubs and team building work alongside our usual curriculum. All our children are able to participate in activities including residential camps, music, the sciences and art.

Music plays an ever-increasing role in the Junior School, with high-quality string and wind ensembles, a thriving orchestra and several choirs. All children are encouraged to take up an instrument through their academic music studies.

Sport also plays an important part in life at the Junior School with every year group participating in fixtures against other schools. Expert coaches nurture skills in rugby, football, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders and all children have access to an extensive range of after school sporting clubs.

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Young children thrive when they feel valued and secure in their surroundings. That’s why we ensure our Year 3 and 4 students are taught the majority of lessons by their class teacher. As children progress into Years 5 and 6, confidence is nurtured further by enabling our pupils to explore the wider school campus, enjoying some lessons with subject specialists from our Senior School. 
Children are developed to take ownership of their learning, to become effective communicators in written, spoken and digital forms. Children are also challenged to take risks with their learning recognising that this is often crucial to understanding how they learn.

Breadth is the key to a varied and enriching curriculum. Pupils come to school knowing that no two weeks are ever alike. Whether they are playing in one of the many school matches, performing in a concert or making a presentation to their peers, the children know that there is plenty to keep them enthused about being part of a happy, successful school. All students have the opportunity to study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French and German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Art and Design & Technology
  • Music
  • Physical education and sport
  • Religious education
  • PSHE (personal, social and health education)

Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are taught most subjects by their form teacher. Languages, PE and music are taught by specialists from the senior school. Children in Year 6 are taught by subject specialists in music, languages, PE, science and the top set English students are taken by a specialist from the senior school’s English department. By adding subject specialists into Year 6, we can challenge all pupils and stretch the most able.

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Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School also offers a Skills and Academic Enrichment Programme which allows children to benefit from a range of subjects that do not normally feature in the National Curriculum. A double lesson each week (for half a term) allows children to explore a range of subjects which include swimming, fitness, touch-typing, cooking, philosophy, archaeology, classics, geology and Italian.

Homework is also an important part of consolidating learning and helping establish a routine for study beyond the junior phase. Homework is introduced in Year 3 with a gradual increase in both the number of homework sessions each week and time children should spend on a task.

The Junior School also provides specialist learning assistance for those children who may require an individual programme of support.

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