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Junior school: a time of limitless possibilities.

Years 3-4

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15

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of students

Years 3 and 4 are based in their own building on Longfield Road. Whilst Durston is set across three separate buildings, there is a clear progression of pupils’ attainment in all areas of the curriculum, carefully built on their previous learning. This ensures a seamless path throughout their journey at Durston House.

Lessons are taught primarily by the Form Teachers, with specialist teachers for French, Computer Science, Art, PSHME, Study Skills, PE and Games. Over the next two years pupils advance their skills and competencies across all areas of the curriculum, developing into capable, motivated and independent learners.

“Durston House has helped them to discover their talents, given them independence in a nurturing and caring environment and enabled them to develop good social, teamwork and study skills along the way.”
—Parent

Junior School is a buoyant and busy place with pupils taking greater responsibility and autonomy for their learning, supported by their teachers and in partnership with parents. There are extensive opportunities to become involved in all areas of school life from the exciting Enrichment Programme to singing in the Junior Choir, representing the school in sports fixtures and performing in the annual Junior School production. The boys’ first exciting experience of a residential trip away takes place in Year 4 at PGL.

Junior School Stories

Year 3 Outing to Southall Gurdwara

As part of their T.P.R. Sikhism topic, Year 3 have an opportunity to visit the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall. This is a beautiful, purpose-built Gurdwara in the heart of the Sikh community in west London. We are fortunate enough to live local to this landmark building, enabling… Read More

TPR in Junior School, Summer Term

This term, Y4 study the Hindu religion as part of the T.P.R. topic. We are fortunate that our boys come from a diverse and multicultural heritage, which they are more than happy to share during T.P.R. studies. The boys learn about the importance of worship: at home, in the… Read More

Y4 visit to PGL – Trips Week 2022!

Rolling suitcases and chatty children down Longfield Walk indicated that it was finally the day of the Year 4 PGL trip! The bright sunshine and buoyant mood was palpable, with all boys brimming with excitement to wave goodbye to parents and head to Marchants Hill PGL.  ‘Challenge by choice,’ is… Read More

Y5 History Trip to York – Trips Week 2022!

Year 5 spent their Trips Week exploring the ancient city of York and the surrounding area, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the history they are studying in the classroom. Whilst in York, the boys enjoyed stepping back to the time of the Norman Conquest with a visit to Clifford’s… Read More

Junior School Summer Arts Fair

Year 4, under the expert and encouraging eye of Mrs Hryschuk (Head of Art), showed off their striking creations using print and collage; their water colour interpretations of Monet’s bridge at Giverny formed an uplifting backdrop to our talented musicians. Year 3 boys highlighted the mood of summer and nature… Read More

Year 4 visit to London Wetlands Centre

The Y4 boys ventured to the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes which is a protected nature reserve. This trip forms part of Durston’s Summer Term on Habitats. Boys were split into two groups covering most of the wetlands from East to West. Upon walking, there was… Read More

Junior School Production of Robin Hood

A special production of Robin Hood was brought to life by the Junior School boys at the end of Spring term. In this classic struggle of good versus evil, Robin is – of course – the hero of the hour, as he fights for good against the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and… Read More

Junior School Maths, Summer Term

Swiftly moving into the Summer Term, Mathematics in Junior School is sizzling. Year 3 continue to acquire skills for mastering decimals, which develops knowledge and understanding to aid the concepts of pounds and pence when learning about money and 12-hour/24-hour digital clock too. They have used decimal sliding lines to… Read More

Junior School Art, Spring Term

Last term, the Year 4 boys immensely enjoyed investigating printmaking, an artistic process that involves transferring images from a matrix onto another surface, such as paper or textile. Traditional printmaking techniques include woodcut, etching, engraving, and lithography, while modern artists have expanded available techniques to include screen-printing. The boys began… Read More

French in Junior School, Spring Term

Last term, the Year 3 and 4 boys explored different ways of cultivating their knowledge of French language and culture. Spoken French was given a dramatic twist at the beginning of term, with a wonderful live performance of Le Petit Chaperon Rouge  (Little Red Riding Hood ) and Jacques et… Read More

Durston House and Harvington Prep to merge

We are delighted to announce that Durston House and Harvington Preparatory School in Ealing are to merge, creating a new and exceptional co-educational offer for West London families. As close neighbours, the schools already share deep roots within the local community, and have in common a time-honoured commitment to delivering… Read More

Science Round Up – Autumn Term 2021

Science Round Up – Autumn Term 2021 It has been another busy term in the Sciences Middle and Upper School. Back in September, Year 5 were introduced to the Science labs with an introductory course on Safety as part of the Science curriculum. This… Read More

English Storytelling

As part of Year 3’s English lessons, pupils take part in drama activities to retell stories. This benefits their learning in a multitude of ways, ranging from team work and confidence when speaking in front of others, to organising narrative and understanding story structure – as well as having fun!… Read More

Computer Science @ Junior School

As part of Year 3’s English lessons, pupils take part in drama activities to retell stories. This benefits their learning in a multitude of ways, ranging from team work and confidence when speaking in front of others, to organising narrative and understanding story structure – as well as… Read More

Maths Department – First Week Back

As part of Year 3’s English lessons, pupils take part in drama activities to retell stories. This benefits their learning in a multitude of ways, ranging from team work and confidence when speaking in front of others, to organising narrative and understanding story structure – as well as… Read More

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