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Shrewsbury High Junior School teaches pupils from Reception to year 6, preparing primary school children for transition into senior school.

In Early Years, children build fundamental skills in readiness for the school years that lie ahead.

The seven areas of learning – Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design – shape the children’s learning and ignite their curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around them.

Tapestry is an easy to use, online learning journal where we record, track and celebrate children’s progress in Early Years, which is openly available for parents and carers to access. In addition to this programme Early Years classes receive lessons in French, PE and Music, delivered by subject specialists.

In Key Stage 1 all pupils have weekly Forest School sessions. Forest School offers our pupils the chance to learn, explore and build a lasting relationship with nature and is a fantastic way for young children to learn team building skills and take calculated risks. In Forest School we see the children’s confidence in their own abilities grow enormously.

Starting in Year 1 and extending up to Year 4, the Creative Curriculum is the lynchpin of the children’s learning experience. Using this approach our children are inspired by a topic which threads together their learning and the skills they acquire.

French, Music and PE are taught by specialists to every class in the school. As children reach Year 3, the amount of specialist teaching starts to increase; they have their first experiences of Design Technology taught in a dedicated workshop and Art suite delivered by our specialist art teacher.

Year 5 is the point at which there is a gear shift in the children’s educational programme and specialist teaching is also delivered for Maths, English and Science. From Year 6 children begin weekly Latin lessons.

Throughout the school, our assessment system tracks and monitors pupil progress, informs our teaching (how we support and challenge our learners), and is regularly communicated to both pupils and parents so that our shared goals are clear and learners prosper.