Middle School (Years 3 to 5)
The Middle School years at Stroud are an incredibly exciting time packed with opportunities.
We find the children are more engaged in their own learning at this stage, and as they develop their own learning styles and preferences, so we tailor the curriculum and organise experiences to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Academically, this is the first time that we set the children in English and maths. This way, we can have greater differentiation for a range of abilities and, hence, provide a more personalised learning experience. Similarly, this is when we begin the gradual transition from class-based learning to more specific subject specialisation. Pastorally, the children develop more independence in both their personal organisation and learning skills. This prepares them for tackling the challenges of Senior School from Year 6.
Homework is introduced in the Middle School. Pupils then often choose to stay for ‘Prep’ where they can study in a quiet and industrious environment. Alternatively, they can take part in a number of after school clubs including art, cookery, language, gym, dance, tennis, football, hockey, cricket and netball.
Years 4 and 5 welcome the first residential trips. In addition to academic learning, we emphasise the development of social skills and independence during these experiences; skills which enable pupils to succeed in all aspects of life.