Channing Junior School is a happy place to learn
The school’s broad and balanced curriculum recognises the importance of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, whilst not limiting the development of other curricular areas.
This is delivered through a mix of class teaching and subject specialist teaching. There are up to 24 girls in each class. Up until Year 2, the girls are taught by Form Teachers supported by Teaching Assistants; in Reception, there are two Teaching Assistants in each class.
At the beginning of the academic year, we hold a Curriculum Evening, where parents meet the teachers, learn what their daughters will be learning and the expectations for the year. We also hold two parents’ evenings per year for parents and teachers to meet to discuss the girls’ progress.
All girls receive specialist teaching in Spanish, Music, PE and Drama; from Key Stage 2, girls receive additional specialist teaching in French and DT.
Channing girls are bright, interested and inquisitive. They are also enthused by a challenge. They are engaged, enquiring, excited and eager to start their school career and enjoy their learning every day.
The practical, hands-on teaching stimulates a spirit of enquiry through encouraging natural curiosity and reasoning. We develop the skills of observation, investigation and interpretation and equip our girls with a valuable knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. Science is all around us and is ever changing, so it is vital that the girls are aware of their environment, the huge advances that have been made and the challenges we face. Helping the girls to understand as much as possible about Science will stimulate their imagination and their intellect and will give them a true love of the subject.
We strive to prepare the girls with the knowledge and skills for mathematics in their everyday life. We have a strong belief that, given sufficient time, all pupils are capable of understanding and achieving in mathematics. We are teaching ‘Inspire’, which is a Singapore model of Maths Mastery. The girls are taught each area in more depth and with more practical resource to ensure a deep and rich understanding of each concept.
Computing is integrated into the curriculum and underpins teaching and learning. We equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to enable them to be active participants in today’s digital world. The girls are familiar with, and skilled in, using computational technology and programming software, control, data logging technology, digital tablets and PCs in a challenging and stimulating environment, both inside and outside the classroom.
High-quality children’s literature lies at the core of the English curriculum, inspiring girls to develop as independent readers and confident writers. Starting with our phonics scheme in Reception, the girls explore the possibilities of the English language through daily lessons in creative writing, comprehension, grammar, spelling and handwriting.
Modern Foreign Languages
From Reception, the girls benefit from our innovative ‘Adelante’ Spanish language programme. They also enjoy learning French from Year 3. Our language specialists develop the girls’ linguistic skills but also foster an appreciation of the cultures and countries of the languages the girls are learning about.
The girls are challenged to develop their chronological knowledge, developing an understanding of why people behaved as they did and why events happened. They view and handle a range of primary and secondary sources and continue to hone their historical enquiry skills. Through History, the girls are given a context from which they can understand themselves and others.
The girls gain an understanding of places in the world and increase their knowledge of other cultures. In so doing, they learn respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country. Additionally, the girls learn how to use, draw and interpret maps to enable them to understand local and global environmental problems.
Religious Education (RE)
The girls learn about the major religions. Firstly, they look at different aspects of a range of religions, such as places of worship and holy books. They then focus on learning about different religions in detail and comparing them. Furthermore, the girls think about and discuss some interesting philosophical questions.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic) Education
This core to our curriculum, helping the girls develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We guide them to develop morally, socially and culturally fulfilling lives and nurture the ideals of inclusion and tolerance that support a strong spiritual awareness.
We provide a stimulating, challenging and exciting environment in which to nurture and encourage musical potential. Our comprehensive and systematic curriculum includes all girls learning to play the ukulele and recorder. In addition, girls in Years 3 to Year 6 sing in the school choir and the younger girls have the opportunity to take part in a string experience. From Year 3, individual lessons are available on a variety of instruments and there are joint musical ventures with the Senior School, as well as the opportunity to join the various bands, ensembles, groups and choirs at the school.
The girls enjoy regular PE lessons each week, utilising the extensive sports facilities. Initially the curriculum includes field games, movement lessons and dance. From Year 3, girls learn to play a variety of sports, including netball, cricket, football, athletics, rounders and basketball; they also swim at a local pool. They also have many opportunities to take part in inter-school fixtures and competitions.
Art & Design Technology (DT)
These subjects are integrated into the whole curriculum and form excellent cross-curricular links. In Art, the girls are inspired by famous artists and paintings, as well as through Art workshops, stories and picture books, and visits to galleries in central London. In DT, alongside the skills and techniques, the girls begin to learn the basics of physics and engineering, designing and building projects with gears, levers and circuits. In Year 6, the girls also get involved in set design for our Key Stage 2 production.
The girls are encouraged to express themselves and develop their confidence through drama, starting with role-play, story-telling, singing and action rhymes through to quoting Shakespeare and reciting ballads. They enjoy many opportunities to participate in a range of drama activities from class assemblies, theatre visits and workshops to the very popular school productions.
Outdoor Learning & Forest School
Outdoor Learning has numerous educational benefits, including building resilience, self-esteem and confidence, developing problem-solving skills, giving children the ability to assess risk, enhancing creativity and encouraging a connection with nature.
All of our girls use the three outdoor learning areas to complement the curriculum. There is a mud kitchen, an outdoor classroom and a new pavilion, all of which are used in a variety of exciting ways. Year 1 and 2 also enjoy weekly Forest School lessons.
We have an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction books, which the girls can borrow. The girls visit during Library lessons and students in Years 1 to 6 can visit during lunch break and after school.
Monitoring Progress & Communication
Ongoing, comprehensive assessments throughout the year monitor the girls’ progress and enable our dedicated teachers tailor their learning. There are two parents’ evenings each year and a full report for each girl goes home before the end of each academic year. Additionally, in the Autumn and Spring term, girls in Years 4 to 6 take home grade sheets that outline progress made and targets for the following term.