Ensuring that Every Child’s Needs are Met
Heathland Junior School employs a balance of traditional and formal teaching methods. Whilst we follow the national curriculum, we also allow for the flexibility of an enriched and extended learning process. Children in the junior school are taught in small class sizes of 16 or less. This, we believe is a particular strength of the school in ensuring that every child’s needs are met. At Heathland, we believe that every child is unique, and given our high adult: pupil ratio, we are able to support and develop each child’s own talents and abilities.
Where a child is identified as needing additional support with their learning, this is provided by the class teacher, in co-ordination with the SENCO. The same principle applies to a child who displays a particular gifted or talented ability, they have their learning extended and positively challenged.
The learning day consists of a full range of academic subjects, in addition to musical, practical, artistic and sporting learning experiences. The prep school, catering for 3-7year olds, offers a balanced curriculum that provides the foundations for developing a learning ethic and enjoyment of school, both crucial to academic successes in future years, from an early age. This enables our Prep children to achieve above-average standards of literacy, numeracy, reading and general knowledge, from the onset. Subjects such as Spanish and drama are also introduced in the Early Years. In the Lower and Upper Junior school, the children are increasingly taught by specialist subject teachers for Spanish, ICT, P.E, Art and textiles, Music and Drama. This allows for a seamless transition into Secondary school.
Learning extends outside the classroom, whereby we utilise our beautiful school grounds to enhance experiences and offer another dimension to learning. School trips take place across the school year, and annually the Junior children are taken on an adventure weekend in Scotland.
All junior school children read to their teacher daily and are expected to do so again at home. They are given weekly spellings, tables and mental tests, all of which are differentiated accordingly. Homework is set daily and is expected to be completed by the following day. There is daily communication between parents and teachers through the use of a prep diary. Our open-door policy allows parents to come into school whenever they wish to do so.
Taster days or weeks are available for prospective pupils, and we encourage family visits prior to children joining us.