Infant & Junior School Curriculum
Learning takes place in many different forms and our curriculum is planned to allow gradual progression in each area, encouraging children to become independent and unafraid of mistakes, seeing them as learning opportunities.
Thorough planning and preparation is the key to delivering a successful curriculum, with great emphasis placed on collaborative work amongst staff to enable pupils to make individual progress.
We know children learn best when they are happy and secure. Our Learning for Life Programme is a central part of the curriculum, covering all aspects of personal growth and development through age-appropriate topics.
Developing relationships, recognising strengths and weaknesses, teamwork, leadership and building individual self-esteem and confidence, alongside challenge and self-motivation are at the heart of daily learning.
Alongside the core, other academic subjects are incorporated into Humanities, Science, MFL and IT.
MFL is taught on a rotation of Spanish, French and German. These lessons take place weekly and follow a topic theme when possible to allow frequent cross-curricular learning.
Learning in these areas is often supplemented by day and residential trips as well as enrichment activities to help stimulate pupils’ interest in the world around them and inculcate a genuine love of learning itself.
Computing is an important part of the Junior School Curriculum. As well as a cross-curricular approach to learning about and using Information Technology, pupils now learn the basics of computer programming through a structured series of lessons on coding as well as developing their digital literacy skills.
Our youngest children aged 4 and 5, in the Infant Department, follow the EYFS curriculum and national programme of study.
For this age group, just starting at school, days are less structured with a balance of teacher focus, child-led activities and learning through play.
Each child’s interests are used to stimulate learning. The basics of reading, writing and numeracy remain at the heart of lessons for this age group, alongside an important aspect of development for all children: emotional, social and physical progression.
Whatever the age of the child, the CHS curriculum is designed to allow each individual to reach his or her potential.
Whatever the age of the child, the Infant & Junior School curriculum is designed to allow each individual to reach his or her potential. We will challenge children to push themselves and tap into their natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge to make learning enjoyable and, most importantly, a lifelong process.
Our aim by the age of 11 is for pupils to have been given the knowledge, skills and understanding to flourish in our Senior School. We expect all pupils to sit the Entrance Exams and transfer to Senior School.