Greenbank School


Junior Department

As children move into the Junior Department, they join Year Three and continue to build on the strong foundations of literacy and numeracy, as well as further investigating an ever-widening curriculum, including Drama, Verbal / Non-Verbal Reasoning and Swimming. The children are now being encouraged to develop more independent learning skills, with greater expectations of homework. Children in Year Three are given opportunities to try Spanish, as well as continuing their French. Pupils are regularly supported within specialised study groups, where reinforcement or extension activities are provided.

There is a huge range of out-of-class activities available to children, which both support learning and allow children to pursue interests. These include sport, science, chess, drama, singing, individual instruments, art, DT and computing; for a more comprehensive list, see the extra-curricular section of our website.

All Junior children have the opportunity to take part in a residential holiday, including an overnight locally in Year Three, 2 nights in the Lake District in Year Four and 4 nights in Shropshire and France in the Upper Juniors.  In addition, the older children have an overnight trip to London.

The curriculum evolves further as children progress through the Junior Department, with the introduction, in Year Six, of Latin, which is also an important tool in the children’s understanding of English grammar. Preparation is now fully underway for the children’s entrance exams, which take place in the second term of their final year. We have an outstanding record of success in these exams, with the majority of children passing to their school of choice.

Wherever our children go on to after they leave us, they are all united by the foundation they have been given of core values and a joy of learning. They are confident, happy, well-rounded individuals, and we watch them move on, always with a hint of sadness, but secure in the knowledge that they leave us well equipped for the challenges that lie ahead.