Year 2 - Year 4
Developing Core Skills
In Lower School, we develop core skills through a broad curriculum and a stimulating range of enrichment activities. Through enjoyable lessons and our caring approach in a safe environment, our children are able to flourish.
Literary and Numeracy are a priority and we seek to develop reasoning and evaluative skills. We follow the national curriculum and add in our own extra elements to ensure a solid educational foundation for life inside and outside of school.
Love of Learning
Through our curriculum, innovative teaching and enrichment programme, our children develop a love of learning. We encourage creativity, independent learning and teamwork.
We ensure all our children develops a sense of identity and self-confidence through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme. Regular recognition of achievement encourages the children to set their own goals. Regular school trips and visiting speakers enhance the learning experience.
Lower School Curriculum
We foster a love for reading and seek to improve written and verbal communication skills which in turn improves understanding.
Counting, arithmetic and problems solving skills are progressed.
We encourage a love of music and children have the opportunity to take up an instrument of their choice from Year 2
Activities are based around developing physical skills and co-ordination and include swimming and dance.
In Geography, the children discover the world around them and explore the environment through a topic based approach eg Climate Change.
In History, children develop knowledge and understanding of important past events and cultures.
The sooner children are introduced to a new language the better. Regular Spanish lessons are taught from Year 1 onward.
Technology is without doubt a significant part of our lives. Throughout their time at Tower College, we seek to equip our children with the necessary technological skills to ensure that they are at an advantage in an ever changing IT landscape.
Skills in computer usage and programming are introduced.
Scientific principles are taught through fun approaches to experimentation and evaluation. We are fortunate to have extensive and beautiful grounds to teach the about nature and the world they live in.
The topics are based on the principles of physics, chemistry ad biology e.g. how your body works, forces, the life-cycle of plants.
Art is a fundamental part of the Lower School curriculum allowing the children to develop their creative skills through a wide range of activities. Themed projects based on the work of specific artists and styles form a large part of the art curriculum.
The Lower School RE curriculum is designed to encourage the children to develop both socially and morally. The children begin to develop an appreciation of religions with a particular focus on festivals.
Topics are designed around helping the children to become confident, well-rounded young people who have a sense of responsibility to themselves and others.
Homework is regularly given to reinforce learning but is never onerous! Our staff are very aware that children have spent a good deal of time learning in school and going home to do more can be counter-productive. Regular learning challenges are set to encourage creativity, research skills and independent learning.
Lower School Enrichment
Sports, Social & Creative Skills
- Yoga: Basics delivered by qualified teacher
- Football: Key footballs skills delivered by professional coaches
- Swimming: Lessons begin in Year 1
- Karate – Official grading in Goju Ryu Karate Do
- Judo: Martial art skills delivered by a professional Judo Sensei
- Dance Club – Children can express themselves through dance
- Science Club – Children can experiment to their heart’s content!
- Lego Club – Providing the perfect vehicle to stretch a child’s creativity and imagination
- Choir and ‘Sing Up’ – Aspiring Pop Stars can develop their vocal talents!
- Nature Club – Be a botanist in our spectacular grounds
- Art club – Budding artists can create their own unique masterpieces
- 1-1 Music Tuition – Learn to play an instrument (extra charge)
- Playground Friends: The children can train to become playground friends and learn how to help and support their peers and younger children at playtimes.
- School Council: The children can stand for a position on the school council where they are elected by their peers to represent and put forward their views and ideas.