Category: Junior

Music Week


  The Junior School was alive with the sound of music last week as we celebrated this most valued aspect of our provision. Music is part of our daily diet and all of our pupils are involved in making, performing and appreciating music. To celebrate this we had a packed programme of concerts, recitals, performances and workshops so that we could share our love of music across the year groups. Our younger pupils were inspired by their older Junior friends and by Senior School pupils who came across to play and answer questions. Every child had the great pleasure of…

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Fire and Ice

Pupils at the Titanic Museum

Connecting the Curriculum with Ice and Fire Children learn best when they are engaged, challenged, inspired and have ownership of their learning. They gain a deeper understanding of that learning when the skills and knowledge being taught are connected across the different areas of learning, be it English, maths, science, geography, art or history. This philosophy is at the heart of the Junior Schools Connected Curriculum and was none more evident than in Year 2’s spring term Ice and Fire topic. The topic introduces the children to two significant events in British History; the sinking of the Titanic and The…

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Exploring the Romans


Year Three had a wonderful time learning about Roman Times at the Fishbourne Roman Palace recently. They looked at the beautiful mosaics, marvelling at how we can still see things from almost 2000 years ago.   “My favourite part of the visit was learning about the underground heating because it is very clever,” said Archie. “It is called the Hypocaust.” During the workshop, they got to try out different activities including spinning wool, writing their name in Roman letters and making a mosaic.  They also had a visit from a Roman soldier! “I particularly enjoyed seeing the mosaic of Cupid…

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Community Beach Clean


As the sun shone over Langstone Harbour, a large group of pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School, parents and staff gathered to take part in the first beach clean of the school year. Pupils were given a safety talk and were shown the type of litter that they would find amongst the stones and vegetation. Items included fishing line and bottle tops and the children were asked why these needed to be collected. One child explained that “the fishing line can get caught around birds or they can choke on the plastic”. Miss Watkins, Year 2 Leader and organiser…

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An Animated Royal Event

Photo credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Check out the final edit from @aardman #CharitiesForum animation workshop, starring HRH The Duchess of Cambridge! — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 26, 2015 Pupils from the Junior School had a particularly grand day out this half term with a little help from the 1851 Trust, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Shaun the Sheep! Pupils were invited by the 1851 Trust to attend an event at BAFTA to celebrate the launch of the new Aardman film, Shaun The Sheep: The Farmers Llamas.  Representatives and children from charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry…

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Our Harvest Festival Assembly


Our Harvest Festival assembly, held at Portsmouth Cathedral, is always a very special event and this year was no exception. In fact, we had so many parents and family members joining us we had to find extra chairs! We are all fortunate, of course, to reap the rewards of a global harvest and the children are taught to appreciate the wonderful choice of food they have. They also learned, through our special assembly, about the traditions of Harvest in this country, appreciating the importance of community and helping one another. This year, the children were also made more aware of…

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