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Academic Life

“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:

  • how to apply their own critical thinking
  • to be able to organise themselves
  • to be confident and articulate
  • to take responsibility for their own learning
  • to be aspirational in their efforts.
  • Small class sizes
    • 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.

  • Facilities
    • 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.

  • Curriculum
    • “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.

  • Co-curricular
    • 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.

  • Teaching staff
    • “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.

  • Specialist teaching
    • 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.

  • The best your child can get
    • 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.

What can pupils expect to learn?

Please select from the following year groups for a flavour of what subjects and areas of study your child can expect to enjoy:

  • Year 2: ages 6-7
    • SubjectInformation
      MathematicsNumber sequences, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, times tables, money, shape, time, data handling and mental arithmetic
      EnglishWriting –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
      ScienceLiving things and their environment, Materials and their uses, Plants and Rocks
      History/GeographyExploring 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
      ArtDrawing basic shapes from observation. Leaf studies. Making a simple 3D animal study. Using materials to create mixed media works
      ComputingWorking 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 TechnologyProjects linked to other parts of the curriculum
      Religious StudiesSpecial people, places and times
      MusicSinging (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 languagesFrench and German, alternating terms. Numbers, greetings, phonics, learn about target language cultures
  • Year 3: ages 7-8
    • Year 3 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 2, with the addition of:

      SubjectInformation
      MathematicsNumber 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
      EnglishWriting – 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
      ScienceThe human body, forces and motion and habitats
      HistoryRoman Empire and its impact on Britain. Stone age/Bronze age Clapham village
      GeographyWhere in the World? Weather and the local environment
      ArtDrawing from observation. African mask studies. Fish studies. Making a 3D / low relief study. Using materials to create mixed media works
      ComputingFurther 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 TechnologyRoman Shields/Tea pot stands, Pop up Easter cards and baskets, tiled houses
      Religious StudiesKey stories and religious figures from Christian, Jewish and Sikh holy texts
      MusicSinging (creating action songs and learning about rounds and nonsense songs), pentatonic scales, rhythm work, using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments
      Modern languagesFrench and German, alternating terms. Phonics, everyday language, recognising main word classes, responding to simple songs, poems, stories
  • Year 4: ages 8-9
    • Year 4 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 3, with the addition of:

      SubjectInformation
      MathematicsNumber 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
      EnglishWriting – 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
      ScienceElectricity and magnetism, heat, materials, environment and recycling
      HistoryAnglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans
      GeographySouth America, Arctic and the Antarctica, Europe and Global Warming
      ArtSimple observational drawing. Studies of hands developing into Mehndi design using a variety of media
      ComputingWord 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 TechnologyClocks, jack-in-the-box and pocket puzzle
      Religious StudiesPlaces of worship, faith practises and sacred texts in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism
      MusicGraphic scores, Indian Music, Instruments of the Orchestra, Musical Elements and composing Tudor fanfares using basic notation
      Modern LanguagesFrench 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: ages 9-10
    • Year 5 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 4, with the addition of:

      SubjectInformation
      MathematicsNumber 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
      EnglishPlanning, 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
      ScienceSafety in the lab, the senses, Light, sound, 3 states of matter, plants and classification
      HistoryThe 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
      GeographyWater and rivers, locational knowledge of the UK, map skills and settlements
      ArtObservational drawing of natural forms using a variety of media including 3D and printing
      ComputingSpreadsheets, 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 TechnologyProjects: making an electronic money box and Alarms, buggies and using vacuum forming techniques. Structures – testing bridges to destruction
      Religious StudiesChristian denominations. Rites of passage for Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam
      MusicAfrican Music/Drumming, Blues Music, Traditional British Music and understanding/reading standard musical notation
      Modern LanguagesFrench 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: ages 10-11
    • Year 6 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in Year 5, with the addition of:

      SubjectInformation
      MathematicsNumber 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
      EnglishPlanning, 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
      ScienceForces, the body, biology and chemistry
      HistoryAncient Greece, a local history study – The Victorians. Maya civilisation
      GeographyWorld biomes, Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, Environments around the World - savannahs, tropical rainforests and deserts
      ArtObservational 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
      ComputingCoding 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 TechnologyAnodised aluminium jewellery, electronics and control
      Religious StudiesHoly books, beliefs and key faith practises for Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism
      MusicRap Music, Music Technology (GarageBand), Melody Writing (composition), Theme and Variations, learning hymns in preparation for Senior School
      Modern LanguagesFrench 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