Independent School Curriculum

The breadth and dynamism of the curriculum at Akeley Wood Junior School sets it apart from most schools, and is characteristic of its unique child-centric approach that encourages self-expression and celebrates the individual. In a safe and nurturing environment, our innovative teachers seek to challenge and inspire, carving out the freedom for each child to fulfil their potential. As a result of these firm foundations, our Juniors leave us with the curiosity, self-assurance and raw talent that prepares them perfectly for the exciting challenges of Senior School.

Junior School Curriculum

Our focus on key literacy and numeracy skills in Reception centres around synthetic phonics and Abacus maths programmes, and sets children in good stead for academic progression, often demonstrating advanced reading levels for their age.

From Year 1, children have access to an impressive array of subjects, and the longer school day (finishing at 3.45pm for Year 2 onwards) allows us to accommodate such a range into the timetable. Taught singly or in combination under umbrella themes, subjects include modern foreign languages, history, geography, food technology, design and technology, PE and gym, religious education, and a proud commitment to the creative and performing arts – specifically art, drama and music – that has earned the school its Artsmark status.

We set Maths teaching based on ability from Year 3 onwards and at Junior School level we have elected to assess children internally rather than imposing SATS in Year 6, allowing us to set individual goals and unlock a truer measure of ongoing progress. While academic achievement is vital, the school is similarly dedicated to fostering creative development, personal and social skills, and the traditional values of respect and courtesy that will help your child to succeed.