At Kingswood College Junior, our curriculum emphasises four distinct areas.
Firstly, there is a focus on building each child’s self-esteem. A culture of caring is very evident where pupils are listened to and taken seriously. Encouragement and confidence building are an integral part of school life.
Secondly, life-skills training is highlighted. Curricular courses in public speaking, sexuality education, information technology skills, food technology, design technology, entrepreneurship and leadership are undertaken. Exposure to lifetime sports such as sailing, golf and squash, and a variety of voluntary club activities provide a wide range of experiences to complement the academic emphasis. The junior years are an extremely influential stage during which pupils are keen to experiment. It is therefore an ideal time to introduce courses in self-assessment, goal-setting and forward planning.
Learning-how-to-learn is the third area of emphasis. Techniques such as brainstorming and mind mapping are taught and exercised. Creative problem solving and lateral thinking, as well as listening skills, form part of the programme. It is recognised at Kingswood Junior that learning is a life-long activity and the skills for resource-based learning and co-operative learning are applied. The ability to access information, analyse it, extract relevant material and apply it, is seen as a fundamental life skill.
The fourth area of prominence is the core academic programme, which includes physical and religious education, music, drama and art.
At Kingswood College Junior the formal classroom is seen as a base from which children can explore their wider environment in a number of settings. To this end, a vigorous environmental and outdoor education programme exists, with tours, field studies and excursions undertaken on a termly basis.
Good manners, smartness and consideration for others are basic values instilled at Kingswood Junior. A common sense approach to discipline produces young people who do not associate school authority with intimidation and oppression. The happy atmosphere of the school fosters in the children a friendly relationship with adults and with one another. Each child is encouraged to develop his or her individuality whilst recognising that personal freedom also involves responsibility to others.