Upper School (Juniors) Year 3/4 Class and Year 5/6 Class
Active, dynamic, creative and challenging – this is where pupils discover their individual strengths and are helped to achieve academic excellence. For pupils aged 7 to 11, the curriculum is still focussed on the core skills of English and Mathematics, but pupils experience adventurous Outdoor Pursuits, quality Art, Sport, Drama, Music, French and Spanish. They also enjoy After School Activity Clubs, such as Drama, Needlework, Textiles, Art, Football, Chess and Music. All pupils in the Junior Department go to the local Sports Centre each week to learn to swim and participate in a number of sports and games.
Year 3 is the first year of Key Stage 2. Pupils transfer smoothly from Key Stage 1, having previously visited their new class and spent time with their new teacher. In Year 3, pupils are met with new challenges and are expected to work with greater independence, self-discipline and concentration. The school day is longer. At the same time we have lots of fun across the curriculum, enjoying a variety of exciting topics through first-hand experience and opportunities.
In Year 4, through our exciting activities, pupils learn to become more independent learners as they progress through Key Stage 2. We continue to build on pupil’s life-long skills through the core curriculum. The pupils use their creative and cooperative skills in a range of rich topics, e.g. ‘living in the day of a Viking’, or ‘investigating local habitats’! They reflect on their role in protecting the environment and being good citizens. In Year 4, pupils enjoy their first annual residential trip. Places visited in recent years include the Robinwood Activity Centres in Lancashire, Whitby on the East Coast of North Yorkshire, and Amiens in Northern France.
Year 5 is a very exciting and important year in school. The pupils have nearly reached the top end of the primary school and increased maturity and dedication are needed to help the transition into Year 6. In Year 5 the pupils cover a variety of topics such as ‘Rivers’ in Geography, ’World War II’ in History, and Science topics such as ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’.
Year 6 is the final year at Dale House School before the pupils leave to go on to other Independent High Schools, State High Schools or Academies. Throughout the course of the year the pupils are encouraged to undertake responsibilities around the school. These responsibilities encourage the pupils to become more independent and responsible. An important part of year 6 is the end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests. Pupils enjoy their last residential trip, where they are encouraged to become more independent, self aware, and set themselves challenges. We spend an exciting time there and the pupils are actively involved in a wide variety of outdoor and adventurous pursuits. Depending on the venue, activities may include rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, team games, exploring history, trying out French vocabulary, beach combing, rock pool exploring, and visiting amazing places of interest. A great time is had by all.
Going to High School
At the end of Year 6, pupils can go to a variety of local High Schools. In Year 5 and 6, pupils are used to Assessments, Tests, Whole School Exams, NFER tests, non-verbal tests, etc, so are well prepared for entrance examinations and the assessment tests that are used by Local Education Authority state schools and private schools. Our pupils are very successful at getting into the school of their choice. Over the last three years, our Year 6 pupils have passed examinations and taken up places at the following schools.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
Wakefield Girls High School
Silcoates School, Wakefield
Fulneck School, Pudsey, Leeds
Bradford Grammar School
Harrogate Ladies College
Rastrick Independent School, Brighouse
Mirfield Free Grammar*
Crossley Heath, Halifax*
North Halifax Grammar*
Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton
Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College
Batley Grammar School