The Learning Journey
The progressive development of pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding is at the heart of our curriculum, as the children embark on their learning journey through pre-school and each of the subsequent Key Stages.
Small class sizes mean that every boy is challenged and supported in an environment that nurtures individual potential.
Our modern buildings feature bright, spacious classrooms, ICT suites, libraries, sports halls and creative spaces to facilitate specialist art lessons, speech & drama classes and instrumental tuition.
Add to the mix a huge outdoor classroom, extensive sports pitches, a swimming pool, athletics track and tennis courts, and you can see why this is such a unique learning environment for boys.
- Boys Learn Differently
- Specialist Teaching
- Learning Mentors
- Outdoor Classroom
- Educational Visits
- Digital Citizens
Our experienced and talented teachers and learning support assistants have developed a high level of expertise in the teaching of boys, and they use many keys to unlock each child’s potential.
A wide range of active teaching methodologies are employed to ensure that the children’s endless energy is harnessed and channelled into successful learning experiences, and small class sizes enable pupils’ learning to be personalised.
A range of strategies are used to stretch and challenge our pupils, and to cater for different abilities, interests and learning styles within each class.
The provision of specialist teaching in Art, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, Games and Swimming greatly extends and enhances our pupils’ learning.
We also benefit from being able to access Senior School resources, including the Science Laboratories, Home Economics Kitchen, Drama Theatre and Central Hall. The College pool is used to facilitate the development of pupils’ swimming skills and water confidence, starting in Prep 1.
Senior School pupils serve as wonderful role models for our Junior School boys. They inspire them to put maximum effort into their studies and extra-curricular activities.
The Senior Prefects of the College act as mentors to our House Captains, and our Junior School Charity Ambassadors are mentored by the Senior School’s Charity Committee.
Learning Mentors from the Senior School also provide wonderful support for our Junior School boys with Literacy, Numeracy and STEAM projects.
Junior School is privileged to have wonderful resources to support outdoor learning. Exploring the world around them in a stunning, hundred-acre campus clearly appeals to our active learners. Building dens in the woods, pond-dipping at Netherleigh Lake, mini-beast hunting and geocaching are firm favourites with our intrepid explorers, and our Eco Committee coordinates a range of exciting projects to enable us to maintain our Green Flag status.
ICT plays a significant role in supporting and enhancing pupils’ learning, and we seek to empower and enable our boys to become dynamic and effective digital citizens through their creative use of the latest technology. Pupils enjoy learning collaboratively online through E-partnerships that have been developed via Virtual Learning Environments.
- Kindergarten Curriculum
- Junior School Curriculum
- Learning Support
- Residential Adventures
- Home Learning
- Pupil Achievement
Our Kindergarten welcomes pupils from the age of three, and provides our youngest Campbellians with a wonderful start to their educational journey. It comprises two classes, with a maximum of 24 pupils in each, and the children in each class are cared for and supported by a Kindergarten Leader and two Assistants.
Located at the edge of a woodland area, the grounds around our Kindergarten setting lend themselves to exciting outdoor learning opportunities. The children’s natural curiosity is nurtured, and their experience enriched, through exploration of the world around them.
Through structured play-based learning, we enable our Kindergarten pupils to develop across all areas of the pre-school curriculum:
- Language Development
- Physical Development
- Early Mathematical Experiences
- The Arts
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- The World Around Us
The emphasis is on nurturing keen, enquiring minds, developing self-confidence, self-esteem and independence and building a firm foundation for future learning.
The pre-school curriculum is enhanced through visits by individuals with interesting occupations and by a variety of people from the wider community, such as paramedics, the fire rescue service, the police, a vet, a dental hygienist and a warden from the National Trust.
All children are unique, and we are committed to providing a broad, balanced and relevant education that provides continuity and progression, and caters for the individual needs of all pupils who are entrusted into our care.
We seek to equip our boys with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to become successful, lifelong learners. This is delivered through the key ‘Areas of Learning’ within the Northern Ireland Curriculum:
- Language & Literacy
- Mathematics & Numeracy
- The Arts
- The World Around Us
- Personal Development & Mutual Understanding
- Physical Development & Movement (Foundation Stage) / Physical Education (KS1&2)
- Religious Education
At the heart of the curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and operating effectively in society. Through opportunities to engage in active learning contexts across all areas of the curriculum, pupils will progressively develop:
- Using Mathematics
- Using Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities
- Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision Making
- Working with Others
- Managing Information
- Being Creative
We seek to create an environment of warmth and support, where each child feels valued and has equality of access to the curriculum; where learning targets are achievable and success experienced, thereby enhancing motivation and self-worth.
We recognise that all pupils are unique and they develop at varying rates. The pace of their progress will be dependent upon the stage they have reached, their history of success in learning, the skills, abilities and talents they bring with them to the learning process and the range of barriers and challenges they face.
Junior School implements the Code of Practice for the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs. We aim to identify barriers to learning at the earliest possible stage, and our full-time Special Educational Needs Coordinator ensures that support is matched to the individual needs of each child. This support is provided by class teachers, learning support assistants, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and specialists from a range of external agencies.
Engaging our boys in learning through adventure is at the heart of the residential experiences on offer in Key Stage 2. The challenges and opportunities they face through going away from home and participating in a wide range of exciting outdoor activities helps to develop independence and build confidence.
Prep 6 Residential to the Share Centre
Our Prep 6 pupils greatly look forward to their three-day residential visit to the Share Centre in Enniskillen, where they enjoy a range of creative activities, outdoor pursuits and water sports.
Highlights include: circus skills, balloon modelling, archery, orienteering, mountain biking, bushcraft, combat corps, fussball, banana boating and kayaking.
Prep 7 Residential to Boreatton Park (Shropshire)
Located in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, the impressive 250 acres at the PGL Activity Centre in Boreatton Park activity centre make it a popular choice with our adventurous Prep 7 boys.
Highlights include: kayaking, raft-building, giant swing, abseiling, rifle-shooting, aeroball, puzzle park, high ropes and zip wire.
We believe that homework provides an important link between home and school. It is set for a number of reasons: to consolidate work done during the day, to allow the children the opportunity to carry out research, to keep parents informed about what their children are learning at school and to establish the habit and discipline of independent work and study which will be so important throughout your child’s education.
Against this must be balanced each child’s need for recreation and the development of private interests and hobbies. Therefore, the amount of homework each evening should not exceed that which can be done in the recommended time for each Year Group. Generally, homework is not set at weekends or during school holidays.
Parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their children’s homework, and to contact the class teacher if they have any concerns.
Our boys are at the heart of our Junior School Family and are challenged to be the best they can be. It is wonderful to hear them speak with pride about the personal bests they have achieved, and we are very proud of what they accomplish both in and outside of the classroom.
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process, and the analysis of assessment data is used to identify learning targets and track individual pupil progress.
End of Key Stage Assessment outcomes show that our pupils consistently achieve standards that are higher than the Northern Ireland average for boys.