The Lower School curriculum aims to instil a love of learning by offering enjoyable and interesting content such that pupils are enthused for each subject; in addition the curriculum prepares pupils for the Middle School in terms of skills learned.
The values and principles of the Lower School curriculum are therefore the same as those of the Middle School, namely:
- Independent learning
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- International awareness
Fifteen classroom subjects are delivered by specialist subject teachers and comprise: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, French or Spanish, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, Physics, Systems of Belief and Technology. Pupils take a second modern language in Year 8, choosing from French, German, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. PSHE is delivered in three ways, according to the material: in a timetabled fortnightly lesson by specialist PSHE teachers, in registration time by tutors and in assembly by the Divisional Head or other speakers.
PE and Games is an integral part of the co-curriculum, and the Lower School timetable includes two games afternoons per week. The main sports are football, netball, rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, tennis, rounders and swimming.
During enrichment week at the end of the summer term, all year 7 participate in a cross-curricular residential trip in an outdoors activity centre in the South of England while all year 8 go to a more remote adventure centre in the Peak district. These trips seek to develop resilience, teamwork and leadership skills in an outdoors environment while engaging in activities relevant to the study of subjects such as Geography, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and History.
Instilling a love of learning and ensuring that pupils are enthused by each subject.