curriculum
curriculum

Curriculum

Channing Junior School is a happy place to learn

At Channing Junior School, we offer an enriching and exciting syllabus beyond the confines of a rigid curriculum. Creativity and innovation are developed from the Early Years and across Key Stages 1 and 2.

Girls are mostly taught in their form groups until Year 2. From Reception, they receive specialist teaching in Spanish, Music, PE and Drama; in Key Stage 2, Geography, French, Art and Design Technology are also taught by subject specialists.

The curriculum is enhanced by an extensive number of trips and visits, including the much-anticipated residential trips in Y4, Y5 and Y6. We strongly believe that learning does not just take place in the classroom and that girls must be inspired to take advantage of all the opportunities they are offered. With that in mind, three initiatives of which we are proud – Inspire Maths, ¡Adelante! and Forest School – all illustrate the best that a Channing Junior School education has to offer.

Homework

We like to encourage good habits from an early age and regular homework is one of them. From the start, girls are used to taking reading activities and spellings home to complete. The work gradually increases each year. In Years 5 and 6, girls are expected to complete various homework tasks each night and at the weekend. Importantly for us, this gives the girls plenty of time to follow their own interests outside of school.

English as an Additional Language

Many girls at Channing are bilingual and even trilingual. Girls who join us from homes where English is not the primary spoken language receive tailored support to ensure that they have access to the content of the curriculum. Teachers adapt lessons without compromising content, which allows girls to integrate fully with the rest of their class and learn alongside their new friends.

Science 

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.

Mathematics

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 resources to ensure a deep and rich understanding of each concept before moving on.

Computing

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 Chromebooks in a challenging and stimulating environment, both inside and outside the classroom.

English

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 specialist develops the girls’ linguistic skills but also fosters an appreciation of the cultures and countries of the languages the girls are learning about.

History

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.

Geography

The girls gain an understanding of places in the world and increase their knowledge of other cultures. In doing so, 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

We follow JIGSAW, a progressive and spiral scheme of learning that promotes mindfulness. This is core to our curriculum, helping the girls develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Throughout each year group, we guide the girls to develop morally, socially and culturally fulfilling lives and nurture the ideals of inclusion and tolerance that support a strong spiritual awareness.

Music

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 recorder by the end of Year 2. 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 ensemble. 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.

Physical Education

The girls enjoy PE lessons twice a 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, unihoc, athletics, rounders and basketball; they also swim at a local pool. From Year 5, girls learn to sail and kayak at a local water sports centre. 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, working to a brief which uses gears, levers and circuits. 

Drama

The girls are encouraged to express themselves and develop their confidence through Drama, starting with role-play, story-telling, singing and action rhymes, later quoting Shakespeare, enjoying improvisation and reciting ballads. The girls 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 outdoor learning areas to complement the curriculum and co-curricular. There is a mud kitchen, an outdoor classroom and a pond, all of which are used in a variety of exciting ways. Year 1 and 2 also enjoy weekly Forest School lessons.

Library

We have an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction books, which the girls can borrow. The girls also have weekly Library lessons with the school librarian and those 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. Any concerns that arise from these are discussed with the SENCO and Head, and then parents and the Form teacher agree an appropriate course of action.

In addition to this, two Parents’ Evenings are held annually and a full report for each girl receives a report before the end of the academic year. Parents are also invited to attend a Welcome Evening at the beginning of every year, which gives them an opportunity to meet their daughter’s teachers and teaching assistants and find out what the girls will be studying that year. Curriculum newsletters are posted to the School website each term.

For individual contact with your daughter’s Form teacher, Junior School Teaching Staff can be contacted via the Junior School Office to arrange a meeting. Parents are also invited to make appointments with the Head when required.