Sidcot School takes a holistic approach to education, one with the child at the core. We build students’ self-esteem by identifying their abilities then creating tailored approaches to provide a solid foundation for the next stage in their education. Please click here for the Junior School Curriculum Guide.
Our teaching uses many creative learning experiences that encourage students to develop an understanding of concepts through collaborative exploration and discovery. There’s also a packed programme of after school and extra curricular activities running throughout the year. Equally important is the ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school - what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
Whilst the National Curriculum forms the basis of the educational programme, we teach way beyond its confines. Instead of SATs, which we believe constrain teaching, we run continuous assessment throughout the year. This enables us to monitor our teaching to ensure that we meet the needs of individual students, without putting them through the pressure of external testing. At the end of each academic year students have a formal assessment and the results passed to their next teacher. Assessment results are shared with parents in Year 2 and 6.
The home-school relationship is an essential element in supporting students’ development by consolidating learning in both environments. Appropriate homework is set and students in Years 5 and 6 can attend Prep (supervised homework) to establish a routine for their move to Senior School.
“The broad and balanced junior school curriculum is well suited and stimulating for students of all ages...The curriculum is enriched with excellent provision for art, music and sport as well as project work, in a range of subject areas...An initiative to promote learning through experience in the outdoors is a distinctive feature of the curriculum in Years 1 and 2 and builds on the students’ experience in the EYFS.”
– Independent Schools Inspectorate
Reports of varying lengths, are provided four times a year in the Junior School for Years 1-6 – October, December, March and June. In October the children receive a “Settling In” report, December and March are monitoring reports with a full report being provided in June. We provide parents with assessment data at the end of each Key Stage (KS1) Year 2 and (KS2) Year 6.
In addition to reports, parents meetings are held in November and March. The November meeting is to officially meet parents for the first time and discuss matters arising from the “Settling In” report”. The March meeting is our ‘Learning Journey’ meeting where the children are encouraged to share their work with their parents. Teachers are also available at this time to answer any queries.