J1 – J2
In the J1 and J2 classes, children continue to learn in a lively, fun and supportive classroom environment, nurtured by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who seek to foster confidence and independence in their young pupils. J1 and J2 children enjoy a broad curriculum designed to challenge them to think independently and to instil in them a sense of curiosity. Specialist teachers bring their expertise to many of the subjects taught at this level. Small classes ensure that each child receives the individual attention that is fundamental to academic and personal development during these early years. In addition, children in J1 and J2 participate in enriching co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which broaden and enhance their school experience in such areas as sport, art, music, drama and science.
J1 and J2 children are given daily homework assignments which serve to extend their skills; reinforce the work done in class; encourage the habit of reading; and enable parents to see the progress their child is making while taking an active role in their child’s education by helping with homework.
J3 – J4
In J3 and J4, children make the transition from the Rockboro’s Junior School to the Senior School. They encounter an exciting and challenging curriculum taught by motivated and inspiring teachers, many of whom are subject specialists. At this stage, pupils enjoy an in-depth approach to an enhanced curriculum designed to encourage creative and independent thinking. J3 and J4 children benefit from small classes in which dedicated teachers offer individual attention and inspire in each child a sense of confidence in their ability to learn. Children are encouraged to develop their interests outside the classroom and to take part in the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by Rockboro.
J5 – J6
In J5 and J6, our pupils achieve a higher level of responsibility, maturity and academic ability. They are developing strong independent learning skills which they will take with them to the next stages of their academic life. Rockboro offers senior pupils a broad and stimulating curriculum complemented by a wide range of exciting extra-curricular activities. At this stage in their education, J5 and J6 pupils continue to benefit from small classes and individualized attention from teachers who seek to encourage their pupils to develop confidence in themselves as learners and critical thinkers. Senior pupils develop the art of public speaking throughout the school year with J6 pupils receiving one hour of instruction per week in the subject culminating in a speech at their graduation ceremony in June. In addition to their studies, J6 pupils are offered academic preparation for secondary school assessment exams.
J5 and J6 pupils take on various roles of responsibility within the school. They take part in a buddy system in which they are given the responsibility of looking after a younger pupil during school trips. J5 and J6 pupils also assist younger pupils in their musical-drama performances; they take part in school fund-raising events; and they help to organise charity events. When our pupils leave us after J6, they are confident, well-rounded, independent young people who are well-prepared and ready for secondary school and beyond.