Our junior students follow the International Middle Years Curriculum, designed to provide a strong foundation for whichever academic programme they follow post 14. With a thematic approach, designed to help students understand the world around them whilst also developing skills and active approaches to learning, the programme encourages every child to be an active and autonomous learner. As with all of our academic programmes, there is a strong focus on learning through doing, with lessons often incorporating practical elements.
Juniors are taught the majority of their classes in English, with a number of units delivered in French through subject-specialist native speakers. These immersive courses are often planned for the second half of the year so that we can focus on ensuring that students’ language skills are at the necessary level. By adopting a project-based approach, students are able to access materials which they have selected and are therefore more likely to engage with and understand. Students who need extra support or to be extended are carefully monitored to ensure that they reach their potential and have sufficient practice in the relevant languages to enable them to build on existing skills.
We believe that real world experiences help make knowledge stick and so, whenever possible, out of school learning opportunities are planned to complement classroom content, often taking advantage of our exceptional location. The year culminates in an annual learning voyage, which is linked to the year’s curriculum content and takes place in an incredible location that could be anywhere in the world.