Bolton School Junior Girls

Find out more about our subjects

  • The Curriculum

    Our pupils enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, with specialist subject teaching in music, PE and languages. Our teaching methods draw on the best of both traditional and more modern approaches. We encourage creativity, independent thinking, questioning and problem solving to enrich learning and extend it beyond the basic requirements of the...

  • Art and Design

    Our Art and Design curriculum builds proficiency in the core skills of drawing and observational work, as well as introducing the children to a wide range of different media to explore and develop new techniques. We look at the work of key artists, periods and styles in order to appreciate the context, purpose and effect art can have as a tool...

  • Computing

    Developing computing proficiency is essential in order that children can access the modern world, and are able to be confident, creative and independent learners. Technology surrounds us and is changing at an ever-increasing pace. We aim to develop the children’s critical thinking and encourage an exposure to a range of technologies so they can...

  • Design Technology

    Design Technology topics across the Key Stage are exciting, practical challenges that also promote valuable skills of planning, critical thinking and problem solving. Our school has a thriving Oracy programme, and these the skills are used in this subject in the important process of making decisions, trialling solutions, presenting ideas and...

  • English

    Asked about the value of English in the curriculum, Anne Fine, author and former Children’s Laureate replied, “Without English, nothing, and without good English, nothing very well.” Our aims in teaching English are: to provide our pupils with a firm foundation in the skills required to use spoken and written English effectively to develop a...

  • Geography

    Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their learning, our children discover their local area, the United Kingdom and the wider world. Taught as part of our Learning Challenge curriculum, topics include Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Rivers & Oceans, the Rainforest, Mexico and the Geography of the United...

  • History

    Our aim is to stimulate the children’s interest in the lives of people in the past and to inspire a love of History for its own sake. By teaching our pupils how to investigate earlier periods from Ancient Greece to the Victorians, we hope to encourage them to think about the ways in which events in the past have influenced our lives today. We...

  • Languages

    All girls at Hesketh House learn Spanish and in Years 5 and 6 they also learn French. With an emphasis on an interactive and fun approach, we explore the four key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing though actions, songs, stories, games, poems, drama, grammar focus, dictionary work, video clips, podcasts and many more creative ways...

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is a life skill and as such we want the girls to enjoy the subject and to show curiosity in it. We develop fluency skills as well as their reasoning and problem-solving skills.    Whole class and group teaching are central to every lesson and the children’s learning is supported by practical resources. They are then encouraged to use...

  • Music

    Our pupils are fortunate to be able to enjoy a wide range of musical activities. Lessons always include practical music-making, whether through singing, percussion, keyboard, strings, brass or recorder. All classes are taught by specialist musicians and the standards are high. Over a third of our pupils choose to supplement their curriculum music...

  • Personal Social and Health Education

    Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught with a whole-school approach and plays a central role in our school. We understand the importance of giving our girls the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. The Jigsaw Programme is an excellent resource and brings consistency and...

  • Physical Education

    We enjoy a strong sporting tradition at Bolton School and believe that sport plays an important role in our pupils’ development. Our facilities, which include tennis and netball courts, a swimming pool, gym and extensive playing fields, are excellent. Taught by specialist staff, the children take part in a variety of activities, such as, dance,...

  • Religious Studies

    Our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and to encourage them to think about the fundamental questions of life. Our pupils reflect on what it means to have faith and develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We engage in the children’s own experiences of festivals such as Easter,...

  • Science

    Like most junior school pupils, our students have a natural curiosity towards scientific learning. In school, they are actively encouraged to find out why things happen in the way they do. In our lessons, we try to achieve a balance between learning factual information and practical work, where pupils are encouraged to plan and devise their own...