"Bolton School Girls' Division is highly successful in meeting its aim to realise the potential of each pupil. The quality of pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent."

ISI Inspection of the Girls' Division 2016

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Academic

The Curriculum

Pupils in each of the Year Groups, 3, 4, 5 and 6, are based with Form Teachers who have responsibility for pastoral issues. There are two equal ability Forms per Year Group. Pupils are encouraged to give of their best by the award of Merit Marks and participation in inter-House competition - there are four Houses. Recognition is made in School...

Our Teachers

The Boys' Junior Department teaching staff is comprised of 10 highly experienced and dedicated teachers who all have their own subject specialism together with two part-time support staff; this has resulted in a high level of expertise, creating a broad and rich curriculum shaped to reflect the ethos, aims and values of Bolton School. We are an...

Art Design and Technology

All Art, Design & Technology lessons are taught in a large, well resourced 'ADT' room. The Art curriculum is both challenging and stimulating, developing the child's interest in drawing, painting, printing, collage, clay, 3-dimensions and the History of Art. The Technology curriculum provides opportunities for boys to develop their design...

English

English studies embrace the full range of language activities; listening effectively, speaking appropriately, reading and writing. Reading strategies are essential for effective information retrieval and comprehension of texts and therefore are developed fully. Emphasis is placed on reading both for pleasure and for information.The boys are...

World Languages

All boys learn Mandarin with support from the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester.  We study Pinyin and learn basic conversational Mandarin as well as aspects of Chinese culture. We study a range of themed topics chosen especially for KS2 pupils. Mr C D Hough BSc CBiol MSBMFL Coordinator

Geography

Geography in the Junior School includes map-work skills, physical environmental and human geography and the study of places, local, regional and distant.  A range of enquiry and investigative methods of teaching is used. Field studies at our base by Lake Ullswater greatly enhance the work covered in school. Mrs E M...

History

History in the Junior School follows the breadth of study from the National Curriculum in chronological order from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, Invaders and Settlers, through the Tudors, to Victorian Britain, with other study units added as appropriate. The aim of the work is to strike a balance between having knowledge and understanding of...

ICT

ICT is centred on the ICT suite. The pupils are timetabled for a directed ICT lesson once a week. Cross-circular usage is encouraged and all members of staff take their classes into the suite when appropriate, ensuring pupils have supervised internet access. Mrs H J Willis BMus ICT Coordinator We go on the computers and learn things which are...

Maths

In Mathematics emphasis is placed upon capturing the pupils' interest, curiosity and perseverance, while encouraging a thorough understanding of concepts and the application of these to new situations, with more challenging work for the most able pupils. Children are expected to learn their 'tables' and familiarise themselves with calculators and...

Music

Music plays a large part in the life of the Junior School, with each form being taught in a well-equipped, specialised music room.  All boys receive tuition in recorder, and have small group courses in violin, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Several music groups and choirs contribute to our annual Carol Service and concerts throughout...

PE

The aims of the programme are for all boys to enjoy taking part in physical exercise and to acquire physical skills to the best of their ability.  The fostering of co-operation in a team situation and the correct spirit of competition is also seen as very important. Lessons take place both on the Junior and Senior School sites. PE includes...

PSHCE

There are timetabled PSHCE lessons throughout the year.  The health aspect of the subject is covered in the science curriculum.  In Y3 and Y4 pupils focus on the topics of feelings, affirmation, caring, friendship, co-operation, conflict resolution, problem solving and changes.  Pupils in Y5 and Y6 study aspects of the KS2 Citizenship scheme of...

RE

All pupils receive one lesson of RE each week.  The four year course focuses on the four main faiths of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. Each faith is looked at in terms of people, places and things; beliefs and practices; expression; history and influence. Discussion plays a large part in lessons, promoting pupils' understanding of...

Science

The aims of science in the Junior School can be broadly divided into two categories: to stimulate pupils' curiosity in the world around them and encourage critical and creative thinking, applying scientific understanding; to create a foundation for the study of science in the Senior School. To fulfil these aims, pupils are given the...