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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Junior Department curriculum

It is the aim of the Junior Department to promote enthusiasm for life-long learning within a safe and secure learning environment. We are committed to helping our students recognise their individual strengths whilst challenging them to take risks and fulfil high expectations.

The curriculum is designed to use exciting, inspiring lessons and a breadth of subjects to engage our students, allowing them to take part in practical activities where relevant, as well as classroom based work. The majority of lessons are taught by a member of the Junior Department team and this is complemented by senior school teachers in art, DT, modern foreign languages and PE. With an exciting curriculum and sharing in the exceptional facilities and resources of the senior school, we are committed to making learning hands-on, ambitious and rewarding. Junior Department staff liaise closely with senior teaching staff to design a curriculum which will not only inspire young minds but will provide them with the skills required as they move into Year 7.


Many lessons are taught using senior school facilities. Science lessons are taught in our specially equipped labs where there is a strong focus on practical and investigative work. We use the senior school drama and dance studios as well as art, DT and food and nutrition rooms.

In both year groups the curriculum is extended through various expeditions, challenges and visits.

In mathematics Year 6 take part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge which helps to develop their problem solving and quick mental mathematics skills.

Trips and visits

We like to get out and about to take students on enriching and educational trips, locally and further afield. Visits to the Warner Bros. Studios, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Castle, Oxford Botanic Gardens and Bletchley Park all enhance topics covered in our curriculum, whilst our first aid programme provides valuable life skills. In addition to trips to places of educational interest, we often invite specialists to school and provide workshops and experiences which enhance the curriculum and inspire the students.


Juniors come to the Library for regular visits with their teachers to discuss what they have been reading and to select books for their class bookshelf. We encourage participation in other national reading events such as World Book Day and attend author visits and other activities where appropriate.

Year 5 curriculum

Year 6 curriculum