Life in the Junior School

Life in the Junior School is filled with opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. There is, quite literally, never a dull moment.

I have learnt from being in the Junior School, that no matter what you do, you should never give up.

- Sherla, Year 7

Performing Arts

Junior School Drama sparkles with talent, enthusiasm and usually a whole lot of glitter! Opportunities abound in the First School where the youngest girls enjoy dressing up and indulging in the glitz and excitement of events such as their Christmas Play, the Founder’s Day Play and their assemblies. Drama teaching begins with a weekly lesson for each class from Reception onwards.  There are also drama and dance clubs on offer throughout the Lower School.

Every girl also takes part in at least one production annually, and these are often ambitious extravaganzas. In recent years girls have performed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Oliver.   Lower School girls perform in the Performing Arts Centre, which is an exciting experience for both the cast and the audience.

Class assemblies are a regular event which parents are invited to.

Junior School Performing Arts


Music

Music is an important part of life in the Junior School. Girls enjoy twice weekly class music lessons which provide opportunities for performing, composing, listening and appraising.In the Lower School a weekly choir session further develops vocal and musicianship skills and provides many opportunities for performance.  In addition to this, there is an auditioned Chamber Choir.  This talented group of singers achieve an extremely high standard, performing in festivals and competitions.  In 2015 the choir were selected from more than 100 schools in the UK to take part in the finals of the Junior Children’s Choir competition at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and they have also performed on BBC Radio 3!

Most Lower School girls have instrumental lessons with our talented peripatetic teachers.  A full complement of instrumental lessons is available; the best age to start varies from instrument to instrument and the development of the individual girl.

Junior School Music


My fondest memory of the Junior School was when we went to France in Year 6. It was an experience I will never forget. I learnt so many new and exciting things

- Damini, Year 7

Sport

Sport features regularly in the life of a North London Collegiate Junior School girl.

The First School girls enjoy three lessons a week, taught by specialist teachers. The activities include dance, games and gymnastics in the winter terms, and athletics, rounders and tennis in the summer. Rainbow Sports Day is a highlight for First School girls and swimming is taught from Reception class upwards, throughout the whole year.

From Year 3 onwards the curriculum extends further to include badminton, cricket, cross country, football, netball, pop lacrosse and modules on health-related fitness, orienteering, speed and agility and trampolining activities at varying stages. An internal inter-colour team swimming gala and Sports Day encourage every girl to participate in team events.

The extra-curricular programme and fixture schedule is always full. There is a wide range of open clubs and selected squads ensuring choice for all. These incorporate athletics, dance, golf, gymnastics, fencing, netball, pop lacrosse, rounders, tennis and swimming. Matches, tournaments, galas and competitions give the girls opportunities to compete and take pride in representing their school.

Sports


Trips and Extra-curricular activities

As well as the wide variety of learning experiences at school, the girls from Reception to Year 6 have the opportunity to visit a variety of interesting places, such as the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Opera House and the British Museum. Also, there are visits to the National Gallery with talks led by art historians, trips to Hampton Court to enjoy life as Tudor cooks and an outing to Verulamium to handle Roman objects and see the ruins.

Once in Year 4 girls have the opportunity to take part in residential visits. These include an overnight camping trip where girls sleep in tents, cook their meals over the fires which they learn to build and enjoy team building adventures. In Year 6 girls spend a week in rural France where they learn to juggle, conquer treetop walks, shop in the local market and cook regional delicacies – while practising and developing their confidence in the French language.

In addition to external visits, we regularly welcome authors, musicians and theatre groups to School. The Young Shakespeare Company bring their talent and expertise, introducing girls to the language and drama of some of Shakespeare’s plays.

Groups of girls attend events at other schools, such as maths challenge competitions, choir festivals, chess matches and debates and we are always happy to extend a warm welcome to groups from other schools who regularly attend our writers’ workshops given by authors and poets and other partnership activities.

Junior School Trips


Clubs

After School Clubs are held each weekday from 3.25 to 4.00pm for girls in Years 3 to 6.  We also offer a selection of extended clubs from 4.15 to 5.15pm such as fencing and golf for the older girls. Pupils choose their clubs each term so they can try a whole range of exciting activities during their time in the Lower School.

In the Lower School, we offer more than 40 different clubs which include a healthy mixture of sports such as netball, lacrosse, fencing, gymnastics, dance and swimming.  In addition, there are clubs with a Drama focus, Theatre Design and Music Technology, as well as Story Weavers, Brilliant Books, Debating, Passport Club and Lego-robotics.

More details of the clubs on offer

Life in the Junior School is filled with opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. There is, quite literally, never a dull moment.

The Junior School Day

7.30 - 8.15 am

Breakfast Club

8.15 am

School opens

8.40 - 9.10 am

Registration/Assembly

9.10 am

Lessons

10.20 - 10.40 am

Morning break

10.40 am

Lessons

11.45 am - 12.25 pm

Lunch (Reception-Y2)

11.50 am - 12.25 pm

Lunch (Y3-Y6)

3.10 pm

School Day ends for Reception- Y2

3.25 pm

School Day Ends for Y3-Y6

3.25 pm or 3.40 pm

Early Coaches Leave

3.25 - 4.00 pm

Clubs for Lower School Girls

4.15 pm

Main Coach Service

3.15 - 5.30 pm

After School Care including activities, supervised homework and tea