Our Junior School Academic Curriculum

Our all-through academic curriculum maximises the opportunity for building skills and starts in the Junior School. This broad and balanced curriculum incorporates language, mathematical, scientific, technological, physical, social, religious and moral, and expressive education.

Our curriculum promotes learning beyond subject boundaries. This allows children to make connections between different areas of learning. It is designed in a way that bundles experiences and outcomes and creates opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. We want our learners to make connections across learning by applying skills to new and unfamiliar contexts.

Girls clock classroom edinburgh stgeorges
Girls clock classroom edinburgh stgeorges

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum is divided into eight areas, including Literacy and Languages, Numeracy and Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Health and Well-being, Religious and Moral Education, Expressive Arts, and Technologies. We introduce technology in computing lessons and across the curriculum, teaching students the fundamental skills needed to prepare them for the next level.

Specialist subject teaching in Modern Languages, PE, Music, Art, Computing and Drama gradually increases as the pupils move through the junior years.

We prioritise the development of core digital competency skills that are appropriate for each age and learning stage, which allows students to expand their knowledge and ability.


We are active in seeking out enrichment opportunities, and also in creating them for the benefit of all learners. During each term pupils will experience regular involvement in assemblies, including those specifically focused on celebrating achievements in all areas of a child’s life. Each class teacher will plan for educational excursions and invite visitors to the school with the aim of generating enthusiasm and showcasing real-life aspects of classroom topics across all subject areas.

Our Junior School House and vice captains take an active lead in organising themed House activities for all Junior School pupils. Teachers will also help guide children towards participation in appropriate local and national competitions and activities, seeking experiences that children will find empowering and rewarding.

"You’ve got the right balance of support and challenge for learning.”

In the Junior School, digital skills are developed by classroom teachers. Much of the learning is play-based, and with a focus on engagement and gamifying learning. A range of iPad-specific applications are used to make learning fun, and to demystify technology; parallel to this, students engage in lessons using laptop and desktop computers, gaining important hand-eye coordination skills, and initial exposure to the Microsoft 365 apps they will rely on as they progress through the school. 

Our Support for Learning team works alongside class teachers to provide specialist assistance to students in developing early literacy and numeracy skills. Our Early Intervention programme works hard to ensure all students have a strong foundation for literacy and numeracy.

P1 and P2

In P1, pupils may participate in our Early Intervention programme, which aims to ensure all the students have a good foundation for literacy. By intervening early, it is hoped that the foundation will be achieved through consolidating class work. The length of time students participate will vary depending on their individual needs.

In P2 our Early Intervention programme also helps those children who need support with early numeracy skills as well as early literacy skills.

P3, P4 and P5

In P3, P4 and P5 students identified either by class teachers or outside agencies, as requiring support in meeting their long-term targets, are taught either individually or in small groups. This means that students in Junior School with identified additional support needs have access to a specialist member of staff who works in conjunction with their class teacher to ensure that their individual needs are met. 

In Junior School we run a Digital Exchange for P5 students with a partner school in Fort Worth, Texas and a Pen pal programme with a partner school in Spain. 

St George’s boasts three distinct library spaces which includes one in the Junior School. Across the three libraries, the collection includes over 12,000 books, magazines and journals, over 500 ebooks and audiobooks plus subscriptions to 9 online research databases.

Classes in Primary 1 through Primary 5 attend library lessons once a week. They’re led in a library activity or story time with the librarian before having an opportunity to browse and borrow books and enjoy quiet reading time individually or in small groups. Find out about our school libraries.

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