Welcome to the Junior Department
King’s House Junior Department offers its pupils a unique, caring and stimulating environment, which encourages each child to seize every learning opportunity. It is housed in two beautiful Victorian buildings which have been sensitively extended and enhanced to provide a wonderful learning environment.
Boys join the Junior Department when they are aged 4, starting in Reception where they are gently introduced to the School routine, whilst following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. They are based in their classrooms with their teacher and assistant for most of the time, but also have specialist teachers for French, Music, PE and Computing. Over the next four years they develop their skills across all areas of the curriculum and become confident, independent learners.
The classrooms are bright and well equipped with networked computers, an interactive whiteboard and outdoor area. The Department has its own hall, library and computer suite. The Food Technology room offers opportunities for the boys to develop their culinary skills whilst learning about healthy eating. There is a wonderful, spacious playground where the boys enjoy PE sessions and playing at break times.
Dedicated teaching staff are supported by an enthusiastic and well qualified team of teaching assistants. The curriculum is designed to challenge its pupils, whilst offering a diverse range of opportunities in Music, Art, Drama and Sport. They enjoy the arts and perform regularly in plays and concerts which are held throughout the year. Classes present assemblies to which parents are invited.
Our Junior Department pupils also enjoy a range of physical activities. All boys do swimming, have PE lessons with specialist staff, and from Year 1 upwards go to Games sessions at the School’s Sports Ground at Chiswick.
Visits to local museums and places of interest enrich the boys’ learning experience. Parents and other visitors are invited into school to talk to the boys.
Fundraising plays a big part in the Junior Department, and over the last academic year a huge amount has been raised for different charities including King’s House Rwanda.
Homework diaries and the weekly newsletter all ensure that there is excellent communication between staff and parents. Regular meetings are arranged for formal discussions about boys’ progress, but parents are welcome to meet with the Head of Department or Form Teachers should the need arise.