Our Juniors Department consists of four classes: Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6. There is a maximum of 22 children in a class unless there are exceptional circumstances. The syllabus is designed to follow Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum and extends to cover the requirements of Senior School examinations, which the pupils sit at the age of eleven. Our broad curriculum is taught by specialist staff and includes English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology (ICT), French, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Design Technology, Physical Education and Games. We also have a strong Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship programme.
At St David’s we are passionately committed to ensuring that each of our pupils achieves their full potential. As each child progresses through the School, their academic progress and social development is carefully monitored. Assessment is carried out through observations and testing in class time, and by internal exams which take place during the Autumn and Summer Terms. Parents are kept informed about their child’s progress with termly and half-termly ‘Interim’ reports; and Parents’ Evenings are held three times a year. In addition, parents are welcome to discuss any problem, whether academic or otherwise, with their child’s Form or Subject teacher at any time.
We prepare the children for the 11+ entrance examinations required by senior schools of their choice, both grammar and independent. The Head Teacher and Class Teachers support the parents through this process by offering a ‘Choices Evening’, and individual consultation meetings. This ensures that each child’s needs are fully met, both in terms of finding a best fit school and fulfilling any scholarship requirements at secondary level. St David’s pupils progress to schools such as Caterham, Wallington County Grammar, Nonsuch High School for Girls, Croydon High, Woodcote High School, Royal Russell, Sutton Grammar, Trinity, Wallington High School for Girls, Woldingham, Wilsons and Whitgift.
Children should be dropped off at the bottom of the steps to the playground area from 8.10am. If it is wet, please leave them at the cloakroom door and your child should proceed through to the School Hall.
|Junior School Day|
|9:00am||Assembly (Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)|
|1:40pm||Registration & Reading time|
|3:35pm||Home time for Form 3|
|3:40pm||Home time for Form 4|
|3:45pm||Home time for Forms 5 & 6|
At St David’s we offer a wide-ranging extra-curricular activities programme at lunchtimes and after school. There is something for everyone. Music, drama, crafting, team and individual sport, chess, gardening and maths are just a few examples of the clubs provided. The activities on offer change each term, along with the seasons, and pupils are encouraged to join in and have fun. Most activities are run by the school staff and so there is no charge; however for the few clubs which are run by external staff, there is a small charge involved.
INQUISITIVE MINDS AND ICT CLUBS
These fun and interactive clubs are for keen mathematicians and children interested in computing. In the Inquisitive Minds club, pupils are given the opportunity to play mathematical games, explore the creative aspects of mathematics and tackle challenging topics and investigations. Our ICT club gives pupils the chance to enhance their computing skills and learn how to create posters and leaflets using different computer packages.
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities to our children: for example the sports clubs include; football, netball, gymnastics, athletics, table tennis and cross country. Our aim with these clubs is to get as many children involved in sport as possible and to let them enjoy taking part.
We have two choirs at St David’s, a Wind Band, two Rhythm Ensembles, a Guitar Ensemble and a Violin ensemble which all meet once a week to practise and prepare for performances. Our Chamber Choir is auditioned whereas the Junior Choir is for any other children who wish to sing in a choir.
The other groups are open to children from beginner standard upwards (depending on the instrument). These ensembles give children the opportunity to develop their playing further, to build confidence and to work as a team. Our musical groups perform in assemblies and in various School performances at different times throughout the year.
Our musical theatre club is run by local dance teacher, Miss Penny Parks, and is available to pupils from Form 2 upwards. classes incorporate singing, dancing, acting and performing music from all the West End shows.
It is our aim at St David’s to promote a positive and enthusiastic approach to learning. Homework is a vital part of our study programme. It reinforces what has been taught and teaches children to work independently and plan their work. When parents take an interest in their child’s homework this provides immediate support, by showing that both parents and School have the same objectives.
It is the policy of St David’s that homework is set on a regular basis for all children according to their individual needs. Reading books are sent home on a daily basis, and parents are asked to comment on their child’s reading if appropriate, to check their homework every night, and to sign the homework diary accordingly. Spellings are sent home on a weekly basis to be learnt and practised at home. In addition, each class has a homework timetable indicating exactly which subjects are set each day.
TYPES AND STYLES OF HOMEWORK SET
Parents should be ready to observe numerous different forms of homework all of which are valid and essential. For example:
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Assessment is carried out continuously through observations and testing in class time, and by internal exams which take place during the Autumn and Summer Terms. Parents are informed about their child’s progress at regular intervals: