The Middle Department forms are housed in their own purpose-built section of the school. This department comprises Years 3, 4 and 5, ages 7 – 10, the first three years of Key Stage 2.
Setting is introduced first in Mathematics in Year 4, and then in English in Year 5. This enables children to make the best progress possible. It is an important aspect of the way in which we break down the curriculum according to your child’s needs. Within all sets at Beechwood Park, extension and consolidation work is made available where necessary, to stretch the gifted child and lift the child who needs encouragement.
Children are set formal tests during the year as preparation for examinations later in their school careers.
As part of the curriculum, the children are able to participate in many varied educational visits and activities. These include Ashridge and the Roald Dahl Museum and a visit from Legion XIV in the Third Form, the William Morris Gallery and a Mathematics workshop in Year 4, while Year 5 visits St Albans Abbey and spends a week on the Isle of Wight. Children also help to organize and present an annual Christmas concert for local senior citizens.
Middle Department pupils are able to participate in Beechwood Park's wide-ranging after-school activities programme, such as choir and orchestra, felt toy making, art club and chess.
It is in the Middle Department that the children first have the opportunity to represent their house and the School at sport, including athletics, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and swimming.
By the end of their time in the Middle Department children are well prepared for life in the Senior Department. They have become more independent and are increasingly able to take responsibility for their work and organisation.
Pupils listen carefully, are highly articulate and express themselves confidently orally and in written work. ISI Inspection Report 2013