Junior Curriculum

You get a deep sense that this is a school which is ambitious yet kind."

At Putney High School, we aim to promote a love of learning and to develop intellectual curiosity, through active and exciting experiences both within and outside of the classroom. High quality inspirational teaching develops pupils’ mental agility.

As well as acquiring knowledge and skills, girls are encouraged to develop the key attributes of resilience, empathy, collaboration, curiosity, imagination and independence. 

We have a wealth of experience and expertise. This means we can offer an exciting and varied curriculum. The school is constantly looking at ways to enhance and develop pupils' learning. Digital learning is fully integrated into the teaching and every pupil in Years 4 and 5 currently has the benefit of using a one-to-one iPad.

The Junior School is divided into three key phases:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception aged 4-5)
  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, aged 5-7)
  • Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6, aged 7-11)

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Early Years Foundation Stage

In this crucial, formative year the curriculum is tailored to give girls the chance to explore, play, be creative, make friends and develop a love for learning. Girls follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and are taught by highly qualified Early Years teachers, alongside specialist teachers for French, Music and PE. Girls work and play within a dedicated space which includes a well-resourced outdoor learning area. They also make use of the Junior School Art Room, Library, ICT Suite and Sports Hall.

Your daughter will be taught mainly by her class teacher and teaching assistant and the daily routine is flexible to give girls every opportunity to develop key skills and understanding. Pupils develop reasoning skills, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and understanding of the world as well as physical development through PE lessons. Modern languages are taught by a specialist. Each day girls enjoy creative activities such as Art and Design and also have the benefit of specialist class music lessons with the Junior School Director of Music.

  • Flexible daily routine
  • Designated indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Developing communication, language and literacy and numeracy
  • Developing independence and social skills
  • Creative approach
  • Girls actively involved in their learning
  • Specialist PE, Modern Languages and Music teaching

Years 1-2

At this stage, we aim to develop secure foundations in literacy and numeracy. The curriculum broadens to encourage academic rigour delivered through hands-on, stimulating activities. Class teachers deliver the majority of subjects with an emphasis on first hand, active learning. Specialist teaching continues, for French, Music and PE, with Swimming introduced. Links are made between subjects and girls are encouraged to broaden and deepen their experience through co-curricular activities and a rich programme of visits.

  • Most subjects taught by class teacher
  • Cross-curricular links made between subjects where possible
  • Regular class visits to local museums and places of interest  
  • Specialist Modern Languages, Music and PE lessons
  • Dedicated specialist teaching areas
  • English Speaking Board examinations in Year 2
  • Lunchtime and after-school clubs and activities

Curriculum: Art, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, RE, Science,Thinking and Learning Skills as well as Lifeskills, Wellbeing and Physical Education (swimming, gymnastics, skipping, mini-tennis, dance).

Years 3-6

Girls experience a wider range of subjects delivered by an increased number of specialist teachers. From Year 3 onwards, girls benefit from specialist Computing. From Year 4, Science is introduced while specialist Spanish and Mathematics are introduced in Year 5.

PE activities broaden to include Gymnastics, Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Netball, Dance and POP-Lacrosse. All girls from Year 3 upwards have the opportunity to take part in sporting competitions which are designed to be inclusive while still promoting excellence.

Digital learning is embedded across the curriculum and every girl in Years 4, 5 and 6 is provided with her own iPad, helping her to take an increasingly active role in her learning. Girls enjoy an array of experiences including regular educational visits and residential trips.

In this way, girls are able to prepare for the routine of the Senior School.

  • Increase in specialist teachers
  • Regular class trips and visits from experts
  • Residential trips from Years 4 to 6
  • Personal iPads for every girl in Years 4, 5 and 6
  • Extensive co-curricular programme of activities and clubs
  • Orchestra and Choir
  • Sporting opportunity to compete against schools at regional and national level
  • Increased development of independent skills and positions of responsibility

Curriculum: Art, Design Technology, English, Modern Languages, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, RE, Thinking and Learning Skills as well as Lifeskills and Physical Education (swimming, gymnastics, netball, tennis, dance, rounders, athletics.) 

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