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“It would be a hallmark of our progress if by 2020 we could truly say that England...
“I chose Bradford Grammar School because of the whole ethos, the family atmosphere and the outstanding academic achievement” – Junior School parent
By blending our traditional values and heritage with our modern curriculum and first class facilities, we provide an education that promotes discovery, fulfilment and lifechanging experiences.
This distinct style of education ensures our pupils remain grounded and modest even when they achieve great things. Educational prowess Education is an adventure and is treated as such at BGS.
The enthusiasm and excitement shared by our staff and pupils prepare young people for the world beyond the classroom.
Our aim is to ensure that pupils develop the skills that will stand them in good stead when they move to the Senior School at 11+. They benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum and experienced teaching staff. Specialist teachers teach pupils on specific subjects.
In addition to the wealth of knowledge they gain with us, pupils learn:
The average class size at Bradford Grammar Junior School is 16 and lessons are structured to allow for an active participation in the learning process. This ensures that pupils discover how to explore subjects, ask questions and develop their own conclusions with the guidance and support of their teachers. We want them to be excited about coming to school and aim to teach lessons that are stimulating, focused and ambitious.
Discover a learning environment that fosters excellence by providing opportunities for pupils to perform at their best. Let your child take centre stage in the Hockney Theatre, develop a love of science in our laboratories, Design Technology workshops and Computer Aided Design (CAD) suites, and be thoroughly inspired in our newly opened £2.1 million state of the art library.
Over the past 50 years, we have continually refined and developed our facilities, ensuring that we offer the most outstanding surroundings for the happiness and success of our pupils.
“There is so much on offer and when a child has potential they realise that by coaxing it out of them into a reality” – Junior School parent
We offer a broad and stimulating education with flexibility in our curriculum that promotes excellence, opportunity and happiness. Our Junior School, starting at age six, offers a creative and enriching curriculum that prepares our pupils for success in the Senior School and promotes a love of learning at a young age.
By providing a unique environment for learning, we lay the foundations for achievement in every pupil’s education.
We include relevant aspects of the National Curriculum in our teaching with many areas exceeding National Curriculum requirements. Our vast experience demonstrates this to be a valuable extension to learning. Children find the range of subjects stimulating and enjoyable.
Formative experiences are par for the course at Bradford Grammar School, complementing pupils’ academic studies to bring vibrant personalities to the fore.
We actively encourage pupils to partake in co-curricular activities, and set aside ample time for bright young minds to pursue their interests. Arts and crafts, baking, broad minds, chess, languages …the list goes on.
Engaging in such experiences allows our pupils to extend their learning beyond the classroom, and to explore their talents and abilities in a range of different settings.
“I enjoy the teachers and lessons and how everyone is friendly and enthusiastic” – Junior School pupil
Our inspiring, experienced and insightful teachers promote a culture of aspiration, creating the conditions for pupils to achieve, and encouraging them to succeed. The strong bond between our teachers and pupils fosters active engagement in the learning process.
Our academic success is based on trust, mutual respect and enjoyment. Learning is limitless with the right encouragement; our teaching staff have a genuine desire to help pupils realise their potential, and go the extra mile to ensure they do.
In Years 2 to 4 pupils are taught mainly by their form tutor, with specialist teaching for Art, Computing, Music, Sport, Modern Foreign Languages and Design Technology.
All pupils have one lesson a week in modern foreign languages (French and German).
From Year 5 children are taught in a number of specialist rooms including Senior School Science laboratories and Art rooms; in this way pupils become at ease and confident with different aspects of Senior School life.
Pupils are encouraged by the awarding of House points to work hard and do their best. Progress is constantly monitored and each half term pupils are graded for effort and achievement.
Please select from the following year groups for a flavour of what subjects and areas of study your child can expect to enjoy:
|Mathematics||Number sequences, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, times tables, money, shape, time, data handling and mental arithmetic|
|English||Writing –structured writing and grammatically correct sentences, basic punctuation and simple spelling patterns; Reading – focused phonics sessions and guided reading; Speaking and listening – speaking fluently and listening attentively, reciting stories and poems with emphasis on clarity and intonation|
|Science||Living things and their environment, Materials and their uses, Plants and Rocks|
|History/Geography||Exploring the World around us, Buildings and Houses and how events such as The Great Fire of London have influenced changes to designs, People who help us – focusing on Florence Nightingale and her contemporaries|
|Art||Drawing basic shapes from observation. Leaf studies. Making a simple 3D animal study. Using materials to create mixed media works|
|Computing||Working on the network, files and folders, word processing, graphics and spreadsheets, touch typing skills and an introduction to coding and computational thinking. Safe use of passwords|
|Design Technology||Projects linked to other parts of the curriculum|
|Religious Studies||Special people, places and times|
|Music||Singing (combining music and actions), rhythm work and learning about pitch and tempo. Developing awareness of instrumental playing techniques, and using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments|
|Modern languages||French and German, alternating terms. Numbers, greetings, phonics, learn about target language cultures|
Year 3 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 2, with the addition of:
|Mathematics||Number e.g. place value, ordering numbers; Addition and subtraction – mental strategies and written method; Multiplication and division - mental strategies and written method; Fractions e.g. recognising fractions, fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, addition/subtraction; Measurement – weight, capacity, length, perimeter, time, money; Geometry e.g. 2-D & 3-D shape, angles; Statistics e.g. pictograms, bar charts, using tables; Word problems|
|English||Writing – planning and editing structured writing and grammatically correct sentences, extending punctuation skills and exploring spelling rules linked to letter strings and phonological patterns ; Reading – focused phonics sessions, guided reading and whole class shared reading; Speaking and listening –expressing and explaining own opinions and beliefs, sustaining conversation, listening attentively and responding with relevant comments and questions|
|Science||The human body, forces and motion and habitats|
|History||Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Stone age/Bronze age Clapham village|
|Geography||Where in the World? Weather and the local environment|
|Art||Drawing from observation. African mask studies. Fish studies. Making a 3D / low relief study. Using materials to create mixed media works|
|Computing||Further work on word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, desk top publishing, cartoons and animation. An introduction to coding games, developing computational thinking and understanding algorithms. The correct use of email and importance of password safety|
|Design Technology||Roman Shields/Tea pot stands, Pop up Easter cards and baskets, tiled houses|
|Religious Studies||Key stories and religious figures from Christian, Jewish and Sikh holy texts|
|Music||Singing (creating action songs and learning about rounds and nonsense songs), pentatonic scales, rhythm work, using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments|
|Modern languages||French and German, alternating terms. Phonics, everyday language, recognising main word classes, responding to simple songs, poems, stories|
Year 4 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 3, with the addition of:
|Mathematics||Number e.g. place value, ordering numbers, rounding; Addition and subtraction – mental strategies and written method; Multiplication and division - mental strategies and written method; Fractions e.g. fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, addition/subtraction, decimal fractions, rounding decimals, ordering decimals; Measurement – weight, capacity, length, perimeter, area, time, money; Geometry e.g. 2-D shape, symmetry, comparing angles, co-ordinates; Statistics e.g. pictograms, bar charts, using tables, continuous data; Word problems|
|English||Writing – planning, writing, editing and revising a variety of genres of writing, extending punctuation work and developing knowledge of spelling rules; Reading – individual reading taught accessing reading scheme, class library and school library books. Class sharing of various genre. Speaking and listening – continued development of vocalisation of opinions and beliefs, engagement in drama activities with a cross curricular theme|
|Science||Electricity and magnetism, heat, materials, environment and recycling|
|History||Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans|
|Geography||South America, Arctic and the Antarctica, Europe and Global Warming|
|Art||Simple observational drawing. Studies of hands developing into Mehndi design using a variety of media|
|Computing||Word processing, graphics and a continuation of work on Excel. Animation, coding a racing game, computational thinking and developing a better understanding of how computers work. Developing an awareness of internet and gaming safety|
|Design Technology||Clocks, jack-in-the-box and pocket puzzle|
|Religious Studies||Places of worship, faith practises and sacred texts in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism|
|Music||Graphic scores, Indian Music, Instruments of the Orchestra, Musical Elements and composing Tudor fanfares using basic notation|
|Modern Languages||French and German, alternating terms. Begin to recognise and apply simple grammar patterns such as gender and number, respond to a wider range of songs/poems/stories|
Year 5 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 4, with the addition of:
|Mathematics||Number e.g. place value, ordering numbers, rounding, negative numbers; Addition and subtraction – mental strategies and written method; Multiplication and division - mental strategies and written method; Fractions e.g. fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, addition/subtraction, multiplying fractions, decimal fractions, rounding decimals, ordering decimals, addition and subtraction of decimals, percentages; Measurement – converting metric units, length problems, weight problems, capacity problems, area and perimeter, volume, time; Geometry e.g. comparing angles, measuring angles, angles and straight lines, 3-D shape, reflections, translations; Statistics e.g. line graphs, frequency tables, interpreting tables, timetables|
|English||Planning, drafting, writing, evaluating and editing pieces of writing for a range of different audiences and purposes whilst accurately applying spelling, punctuation and grammar rules. Using figurative language and a range of literary devices to extend written work. Reading a range of literature and developing the ability to retrieve information, make inferences and make predictions from clues in the text. Developing the ability to explain ideas, ask questions, summarise texts and deliver presentations fluently and accurately|
|Science||Safety in the lab, the senses, Light, sound, 3 states of matter, plants and classification|
|History||The achievements of the earliest civilisations (e.g. Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt) |
A study of an aspect or theme in British history which extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – Tudors
|Geography||Water and rivers, locational knowledge of the UK, map skills and settlements|
|Art||Observational drawing of natural forms using a variety of media including 3D and printing|
|Computing||Spreadsheets, desk top publishing, Prezi presentations, graphics, coding games.animation with Lego, Computational thinking, using algorithms to solve problems and a wider knowledge of networks. Developing digital literacy skills|
|Design Technology||Projects: making an electronic money box and Alarms, buggies and using vacuum forming techniques. Structures – testing bridges to destruction|
|Religious Studies||Christian denominations. Rites of passage for Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam|
|Music||African Music/Drumming, Blues Music, Traditional British Music and understanding/reading standard musical notation|
|Modern Languages||French and German, alternating terms. Join in short conversations, recognise and apply grammar patterns such as simple verb conjugations, understand and express feelings and simple opinions|
Year 6 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 5, with the addition of:
|Mathematics||Number e.g. place value, ordering numbers, rounding, negative numbers; Addition and subtraction – mental strategies and written method; Multiplication and division - mental strategies and written method; Fractions e.g. simplifying fractions, fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, addition/subtraction, multiplying fractions, dividing fractions, decimal fractions, rounding decimals, multiplication and division of decimals, remainders as decimals, percentages; Ratio and Proportion; Algebra; Measurement – converting metric units, reading scales, area and perimeter, volume, multi-step problems; Geometry e.g. estimating angles, missing angles, 2-D and 3-D shape, co-ordinates, reflections, translations; Statistics e.g. pie charts, conversion graphs, line graphs, finding the mean|
|English||Planning, drafting, writing, evaluating and editing pieces of writing for a wide range of different audiences and purposes whilst accurately applying spelling, punctuation and grammar rules. Using figurative language and a range of literary devices to extend and enhance written work. Demonstrating an appreciation of the differences between formal and informal speech and writing. Reading a range of literature and developing the ability to retrieve information, make inferences and make predictions from clues in the text. Explaining ideas, asking questions, summarising texts and delivering presentations fluently and accurately|
|Science||Forces, the body, biology and chemistry|
|History||Ancient Greece, a local history study – The Victorians. Maya civilisation|
|Geography||World biomes, Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, Environments around the World - savannahs, tropical rainforests and deserts|
|Art||Observational drawings based on ‘Still Life’ theme. Drawing from primary source materials and developing the initial studies using a variety of mixed media including 3D studies|
|Computing||Coding games and how algorithms work, designing and making an app, animation and spreadsheets. Ensuring a deep understanding of digital literacy and the safe use of social media|
|Design Technology||Anodised aluminium jewellery, electronics and control|
|Religious Studies||Holy books, beliefs and key faith practises for Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism|
|Music||Rap Music, Music Technology (GarageBand), Melody Writing (composition), Theme and Variations, learning hymns in preparation for Senior School|
|Modern Languages||French and German, alternating terms. Understand longer and more complex sentences, use the language confidently to give prepared presentations, write sentences and short texts on a wider range of topics using a model|