Junior School Curriculum
Children are given every opportunity to achieve their potential in terms of academic achievement, aesthetic appreciation and spiritual awareness, within a happy, purposeful learning environment.
From Year 1, our pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, together with Modern Foreign Languages (French and Mandarin Chinese), History, Geography, RE, Music, Art, Drama and a range of sporting provision.
We acknowledge that E-learning has a vital role to play in the curriculum and our academic team integrate the latest technology into their teaching and learning practices. To support this, from Year 3, pupils are provided with an iPad, which they keep for the duration of their time at St Gabriel's.
Our staff are highly skilled, caring, enthusiastic and committed professionals who encourage the children and actively engage with parents to keep them up to date with their child’s progress. An awareness of pupils' individual ability levels combined with differentiation and a range of teaching styles and resources are the key to our success.
Progress & Reporting
A child's progress is monitored as an ongoing process. The needs of more able pupils and children with special learning difficulties are acknowledged and differentiated and additional learning targets are set. Further professional testing may be recommended for some pupils.
Standardised assessments in Reading, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics are given in Year 1—Year 6. These provide teachers with valuable information on individual pupils to monitor progress and help plan for the next steps in learning.
At the start of the Autumn Term parents are invited to a Welcome Meeting, where the Junior School staff provide an overview of the curriculum and discuss issues pertinent to each year group.
There are parents’ meetings for children in Year 1 to Year 6 in the Autumn and Spring Terms, with an additional parents' meeting for Year 1 and Year 2 in the Summer Term.
Year 1 and Year 2 receive written reports at the end of the Autumn and Summer Terms.
From Year 3 to Year 6 parents receive a Performance Review Report at each half term and a full report at the end of the school year.