In the First School, the girls are taught by their form teacher who is supported by a full-time teaching assistant. Learning through play and practical activities is the basis of the first years at North London Collegiate and Reception classes are an extension of the nursery or playgroup environments with which the girls are already familiar.
From entry in the Reception classes through to Year 2, the children develop basic skills in reading, writing and number work alongside Art and Design, ICT, Music, Drama, PE, PSHE and Science.History and Geography are taught through Topic Work. Girls in Year 2 also learn how to play chess.
As the girls move up to Year 3 in the Lower School, teaching is more subject based, although they are still mainly taught by their form teacher who combines close pastoral care with academic support. Girls continue to follow a broad curriculum including Mathematics, English and Science together with History, Geography, PE, ICT, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Art. Learning is supported by our two libraries in the First and Lower School.
In Year 3, all the girls learn to play chess. They can also select from a wide range of other activities after school. Many external visits and visitors help to broaden and inspire the girls' learning.
During their Junior School career, the girls are introduced to four languages. In Year 3, they learn Spanish, in Year 4 German and in Year 5 Mandarin. After-school clubs in the subsequent years enable the girls sustain their interest and develop their learning. In Year 6, in preparation for the Senior School, the girls start to learn French. Knowledge of a number of languages helps girls to make informed choices in Senior School.
Languages are an important part of the curriculum in the school. All girls in Year 7 take Latin and French and in Year 8 they add either German or Spanish. At GCSE there is the opportunity to choose Russian or Greek and in the sixth-form Italian and Mandarin are also available.
After School Clubs have burgeoned at North London and there is certainly something to excite every Lower School girl. Alongside a wide variety of sport, music, drama and art clubs we also offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty – Cookery and Gardening – to talk or to be at peace – Debating and Mind & Body – and a choice of foreign languages as well as science and Digital Photography. The clubs are run by staff from both the Senior and Junior school and unsurprisingly, are extremely popular
We keep parents closely informed about learning objectives and their daughters' progress. We foster close links between home and school and parents often pop in for a chat when they deliver or collect their daughter.