The Queen Margaret College Junior School (Year 1 – 6) aims to foster resilience, independence and confidence in its students. We offer a range of programmes, including Education Outside The Classroom, Sports and Performing Arts, and Oral Language Development, which all work towards this goal. Your daughter’s first steps through school will be an exciting time for both you and her.
We are an IB World School authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP emphasises the total growth of the child by developing the students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems and international schools to create a relevant and engaging framework for all students. The programme nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
The PYP can be illustrated by the PYP Curriculum Model, which has the IB Learner Profile at its centre surrounded by the programme’s themes and subjects.
The IB Learner Profile is a set of learning outcomes that go beyond academic success. The profile aims to develop learners who are knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective. Learners are encouraged to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers.
The PYP framework includes six themes to explore and study, which are:
Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
How we organise ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
How the world works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
The Junior School has a range of specialist teachers and classes available as part of the curriculum. All Junior School classes have an Art, Music and Religious Education lesson once a week with a specialist teacher. As part of the school music programme, Year 6 students join either the Year 6 Band or String group. Junior School students also have one session per week in the College Library.
Learning a second language is an important part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and is especially encouraged from a young age. Year 2 – 6 have two forty-five minute French sessions a week with experienced teacher Madam Hardie. With an immersion approach to teaching, Madam Hardie uses gestures, dance, music, drama, writing and reading to accelerate language learning.
Students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress in these specialist subjects. Year 2 – 6 students perform plays in different languages at the Celebration of Learning and the language festival, Lingofest. Junior School choirs and musical groups also perform at events, including Prize Givings, Mothers to School and Grandparents to School days.
While all students at Queen Margaret College are well catered for in the classroom setting, we recognise that some may need specific help or extension in certain areas which cannot always be met by the classroom teacher.
Children who are having difficulty with reading, writing or numeracy are offered individual tuition, small group teaching and in-class support.
Students who require learning extension are identified by the use of standardised tests and teacher feedback.
To cater for extension students, we offer a number of options and classes including extra-curricular competitions, Chinese club, ICAS examinations in computer skills, english, mathematics, science, spelling and writing, mentoring and workshops.
A few kind words
“Our daughter is being well educated, listened to, valued, cared for, supported, extended and offered numerous academic, creative and cultural opportunities. QMC and the Primary Years Programme is helping her become a well-rounded, open-minded, empathic, giving, committed, knowledgeable and valued member of society. She is being encouraged to engage and take responsibility for her learning, follow her interests, inquire more fully in areas of strong interest and to reflect. We are often impressed by the passion, dedication and commitment of staff” – Catherine McIntyre and Phil Mears, Junior School Parents.
“Our daughter has been at QMC since Year 2 and is now in Year 6. We find the Junior School a great environment for the girls, it is very welcoming and we feel part of a big family. The Junior School has an open door policy and this is no doubt due to the great leadership provided by Kathleen. Due to QMC’s influence, our daughter is an independent, resilient girl who is great at sports and also achieving academically” – Silvia Zanini and Adam Donson, Junior School Parents.
“I have had two daughters attend QMC and my third daughter is currently in Year 6. I have seen the positive results for the start of a solid foundation. As a parent your daughters are given key tools to navigate life obstacles while learning the importance of kindliness, tolerance and empathy. The teachers are all very dedicated, who are nurturing and inspiring right from Pre-school through to Year 13. The positive influence from QMC has encouraged the girls to be individuals and independent” – Leigh Adgo, Junior School Parent.
“My daughters started in the Junior School at the beginning of 2017, and although they haven’t been there long it has been the best move we ever made. Educationally they’ve already had some fantastic opportunities and their individual needs are being catered for. For me, though, it is the family atmosphere at Queen Margaret College and the knowledge that the girls are well cared for that has made the biggest impact. From the teachers to the students – the whole school has welcomed them warmly and the girls have felt at home from day one” – Alix Chapman, Junior School Parent.