Our stimulating and challenging curriculum is wide and varied and is specifically designed to allow opportunities for interesting and stimulating lessons. We are very conscious of the need to equip pupils for future challenges and learning - as such we emphasise the development of skills and application as well as acquiring understanding and knowledge.
Pupils at our school are very successful academically. Approximately 90% of pupils achieve Level 5s in Maths, English and Science at the end of Year 6. It is generally hoped nationally that an average child will achieve Level 4 at this stage of their education.
Extension work and challenge means that many pupils achieve significantly above expectations. Each year many pupils win scholarships into the Senior School and in Maths over 40% regularly achieve Level 6.
Every year all of our children are usually offered places at the Senior School.
The Teaching and Learning environment
We have an excellent learning structure and environment. Pupils are based in classes with their Form Teachers who will teach them for some of their lessons whilst increasing use is made of both specialist teachers and facilities as the pupils get older.
Year groups have two or three classes of approximately twenty pupils. ours is a close community where everyone knows each other. This close relationship between Form Teachers, specialist staff and pupils enables personalised individual support and learning to flourish.
Pupils learn to express themselves and their ideas with increasing clarity through the study of English language and literature. Drama lessons encourage everyone to use their imagination and develop the confidence to perform with others. Art and Music lessons develop creativity and explore different processes and techniques.
Science lessons are based around interesting practical investigations and the Maths curriculum ensures pupils have a clear grasp of the skills they will need to access the more applied challenges ahead. Whilst the importance of traditional education remains as strong as ever, ICT brings a stimulating dimension that both encourages and allows individual innovation. Our excellent ICT suite, interactive whiteboards and computers around the school support the children’s learning.
The Academic Hub
Maths, English and Science lessons, with a particular emphasis in the latter upon investigations, usually take place in the morning with other less academic subjects in the afternoon.
Geography and History make up a broad humanities curriculum which strongly features the important influence of local history. Coventry has a rich and stimulating past.
Bringing the World Closer
All of our pupils study French from Year 3. In Year 6 they also learn German and Spanish.
ICT is timetabled as a discreet subject as well as being integrated into other areas of learning. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards and these, along with our computers, are enthusiastically utilised by staff and pupils.
Artistic and Cultural
Every child has two lessons of Music each week and in Year 4 all pupils have group lessons in three different instruments - a term of strings and then a term of flute and then brass. Many pupils then access small group or individual instrument tuition.
Art lessons are weekly and Design Technology taught on special days each term devoted to this subject.
Dance takes place as part of the PE curriculum and in clubs and plays.
Rich and beautifully crafted displays of work around the school reflect the importance we place on all creative activities.
Pupils have discreet Drama lessons each week. These are taught by passionate specialists and the performances of the pupils are outstanding.
Sport for All!
All pupils have two Games lessons a week where team games are taught. For the boys this is rugby, football and cricket whilst the girls rotate through netball, hockey and rounders. During Games lessons, the children will also take part in tennis, cross-country and athletics sessions.
We believe in general participation and the pursuit of excellence. All pupils get the chance to represent the school in fixtures and many go on to play representative sport to a much higher level. We win most of our fixtures and the girls were recently county hockey champions whilst the boys were county and regional cricket winners last year. All of our fixtures and results can be found on the Bablake Sport Website.
PE lessons take place for all every week and in these the children learn many transferable sports skills.
Everyone learns to swim and lessons are taught in half termly blocks. All of our pupils also have the opportunity to swim every week after school - one day for those who require additional support and one day for specialists.
Working hard is expected and is the norm
Pupils' learning is managed by their Form Teacher in conjunction with subject teachers. One of the most important aspects of learning here at Bablake Junior School is the enthusiasm pupils apply to their studies. Parents actively support this positive attitude and it is very apparent in the atmosphere of lessons.
Support and challenge
Pupils are set throughout the school for Maths and occasionally for English. We feel that this enables the teachers to direct the learning of their pupils as individually as possible and support and challenge as appropriate. The pace of lessons and expectations are also adjusted in these circumstances and we are confident that this allows all pupils to flourish.
An outstanding programme of individually tailored Learning Support ensures all pupils are able to access their potential.
Year 6 and preparing for the Senior School
Year 6 classrooms are situated adjacent to the Junior School in the Senior School Language block. This partial integration with the Senior School helps them prepare for the challenges ahead. The pupils will have different, specialist teachers for most lessons and independent activity and motivation are encouraged. Our Year 6 pupils are able to proceed confidently into the Senior School.
After their exams, pupils are encouraged to take part in enterprise schemes and a school play. They also have a very stimulating trip down to Calshot on the south coast where they learn to canoe, sail and ski.
Interacting with parents
Termly reports and Parents Evenings twice a year ensures parents are kept up to date with their child's progress. Parents are always welcome in school and are in general encouraged to speak to their child's Form Teacher whenever they feel the need.
We appreciate that the education we offer is only part of a child's life and that it is fundamentally and profoundly enhanced by support and interaction with home.
Bablake Junior School is a place of educational serenity. Your pupils display kindness, calmness, maturity and are inquisitive for knowledge.