The girls enter Year 1 in the September following their fifth birthday, and move in to a more structured learning environment.
Our professional and expertly trained teachers handle their transition with care to ensure that their confidence levels are maintained and nurtured.
With a dedicated Form Teacher and Classroom Assistant in each class, Year 1 and 2 are based in an elegant Edwardian building, Vincent House, which has been designed to meet the needs of this particular age group. The bright and colourful classrooms are decorated with displays to reflect current themes and each hold their own cloakrooms and designated areas to fully cater for practical activities.
The curriculum is subject-based with specialist teaching provided by Senior School teachers in Maths, Modern Languages, PE, Music, Science and Digital Coding. The girls also benefit from a range of experiences that are delivered by outdoor learning.
Our Year 3 - 6 girls are based in Bryden Brown House - a spacious, modern purpose built building and benefit from a considerably more formal approach to learning.
The core subjects - English, Maths, Science and Spanish - are enhanced by studies in French, German, Latin, Mandarin, Art, Design Technology, ICT, Humanities, Religion Philosophy and Ethics, Music, Drama and PE.
Intellectual curiosity and in-depth learning are encouraged by providing opportunities for research homework, for open-ended investigations and for collaborative learning initiatives.
Our Junior School is equipped with specialist teaching facilities for Art and Technology, Science and ICT; a dedicated multi-purpose School Hall which is used for Assemblies, Drama and PE; and an extensively stocked library, in which pupils have weekly library lessons.
Specialist coaching and teaching in Sports and Music are available to all, not just to the sporting or musical ‘elite’. Our Sports Complex features a 25m indoor swimming pool, large indoor sports hall, netball and tennis courts, all-weather pitches, sports field, dance studio and fitness suite. We are all looking forward to the installation of a seven metre high climbing wall, which is planned for next term!
Musical and Dramatic Art at Northwood College for Girls plays a key role with drama productions including an annual production, House Plays and lunch-time clubs.
Instruments, ranging from the flute to the oboe, trombone to electric guitar and cello to steel pans, are taught by leading instrumentalists and musical performance groups range from the Hummingbirds Choir to the Rhythm and Blues Band.
Our state of the art Performing Arts Centre offers a music technology suite, Orchestra and Choir Recital Hall, ten practice/ensemble rehearsal rooms, a professional recording studio and spacious teaching classrooms.
We are all proud of our unique Thinking Skills programme that has been pioneered in the Junior School to develop and enhance our pupils' ability to be logical, critical and creative thinkers.
A wide range of transferable thinking skills are taught through lessons across the curriculum and weekly thinking skills lessons offer a further opportunity to practise skills, such as, decision making, lateral thinking and mind-mapping.
The girls are encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of their own preferred learning styles and to gain familiarity with a range of study and revision strategies.
Lessons continue to focus on encouraging those habits of mind – such as curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, persistence and tenacity – that can play a significant role in a child's academic success and personal happiness.
This unique initiative extends throughout the school, with lessons and courses planned for pupils from the Nursery up to Sixth Form.
The Junior School Resilience programme is an integral part of the curriculum offered and teaches girls to learn from mistakes and to embrace, rather than avoid, new challenges.
Being a member of the GDST means that our Junior School girls have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of national competitions, awards and prizes, as well as, benefit from a spectrum of GDST learning initiatives, training, seminars and workshops.
When our girls have progressed through the Junior School they are automatically guaranteed a place in our highly academic Senior School.
Gifted and Talented girls are identified according to teacher nominations and baseline data and a list of names is distributed to all members of staff. Tasks with significant stretch and challenge are then delivered across the curriculum to meet the needs of our most able students.
We are delighted with the way that our daughter has settled in and developed in her first year at ‘big school’.