Years 3 and 4 are housed in a purpose built classroom block. The maximum class size is 18. This is a vital transitional stage in the children's development. We aim for high standards in literacy and numeracy and have a rich broad and balanced curriculum and a happy, safe and supportive atmosphere with a strong commitment to helping children achieve whatever their ability. Learning is planned and managed so that every child is supported.
Each class has their own form tutor with the help of a shared teaching assistant. The form tutor delivers most of the curriculum but the pupils in Years 3 and 4 start to get an opportunity to have the benefit of specialist Teachers.
Music- Pupils get the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments and have class music lessons in a purpose-built Music Centre. Years 3 and 4 present a concert, special assembly or musical play each term giving all pupils the opportunity to perform. All pupils are encouraged to join the Junior Choir.
Drama- The pupils participate in Drama sessions from a visiting specialist and also have the opportunity to do Theatre Studies as an evening activity.
Physical Education, Swimming and Games- In addition to weekly Physical Education and swimming lessons the pupils are coached in Football, Rugby, Cricket, Cross Country and Athletics (Boys) and Netball, Hockey, Rounders, Cross Country and Athletics (Girls). There is also an opportunity to paticipate in Dance, Tri-Golf, and Tennis Coaching from specialist visiting teachers. Pupils get an opportunity to compete in matches against other schools.
Art- A specialist teacher delivers Art in the senior art room.
Science- Year 3 and 4 pupils have a double lesson of science a week. This is in our Junior Science Laboratory. Years 3 and 4 take part in an annual gardening project 'Reconnecting Children with Food' at Stockbridge Technology Centre near Selby.
Spanish- All pupils have two lessons of Spanish per week covering conversation, games, songs and simple grammar and vocabulary in preparation for more formal lessons in the main school.
Children in the Junior School are nurtured and are able to develop into independent learners in preparation for the next stage of their education at Terrington. Great emphasis is put on sharing and learning to live with one another both in school and in the boarding house.