Upper First Year boys (Year 4) are based in four parallel classes, all situated together in one corridor. This is very much their own domain. The 7+ ‘old hands’ act as mentors to the new boys to aid settling in. Specialist teachers deliver some subjects in dedicated teaching areas: Science, French, ICT, Art, Music, Drama, and PE & Games. Form Tutors teach the boys for the rest of the curriculum and they are with their form for at least half the week’s lessons. We want to inspire intellectual curiosity, encourage intellectual confidence and use any mistakes as opportunities to improve. At the end of the year boys move up well prepared for a more senior school routine where they are taught by subject specialists.
Lessons and extra-curricular activities give Junior Paulines a full day, so there is not much homework. During the week the mainstay of prep is reading, whereas the weekend’s homework is likely to come from one of a wide range of subjects. The homework diary provides valuable two-way communication between home and school. Parents’ evenings and reports are important, of course, but parents are encouraged to contact Form Tutors whenever they feel a quick chat is necessary. Junior Paulines are bright boys who enjoy academic studies, but we do not want them to feel pressurised. We believe they will achieve their best when they are happy and secure.