The first stage in our Upper School, starting the journey towards 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance.
From Year 4, pupils have individual subject teachers who take real pleasure in igniting a passion for their individual area of study. Our staff inspire and challenge to ensure our boys and girls are reaching their full potential.
The curriculum includes verbal and non-verbal reasoning and the following subjects, all taught by specialists:
- Religious Education
- Critical Thinking
Children also take part in the following activities:
At Clifton Lodge we appreciate the importance of good, motivating sports tuition for health, teamwork and achievement. Sport is played on two days each week with additional matches and competitions throughout the year. One lesson is held on-site and on Thursday afternoons there is a two-hour lesson off-site. In the autumn term pupils play football & netball, in spring, hockey and netball and in the summer term, cricket, rounders and athletics, rounded off with our annual Sports Day in June. We have some excellent sportsmen and women amongst our pupils and their passion and enthusiasm has been rewarded with significant recent success.
With our specialist teacher, lessons take a more formal approach. In singing, pupils develop their expression and awareness of phrases and try out singing in parts. Pupils also look at how composers employ the musical elements and recreate these effects, contributing their own ideas. In instrumental work, they further develop their understanding and application of music notation and rhythms when learning more extensive tin whistle pieces.
There are also visiting peripatetic teachers to individually teach piano, violin and guitar.
Clubs are held Monday-Thursday before and after school. The clubs draw on the interests and talents of our teachers with some additional visiting specialists. Clubs change each term and are run before school (8.15am) and after school until 5.30pm.
High aspirations and expectations for all pupils. Children are nurtured to achieve their potential. Small school and attentive teachers.