Beyond the Classroom
Sheffield Girls' Junior School offers a variety of clubs and activities which provide opportunities for the girls to experience something different, hone existing talents and learn new skills.
The list of clubs is published termly and promoted in school. Some clubs are age-specific and others are limited by numbers. However we are confident of the variety and breadth of activities having something for all interests. Sheffield Girls' is one of the best primary schools in Sheffield, which means we pride ourselves on providing the most enriching educational experience possible for our girls.
Sport and Dance
Sport and Physical Education are a very important and hugely popular part of life at Sheffield Girls’ Junior School. All of our girls are encouraged to participate for the benefit of their own health and fitness, and also to learn valuable lessons of teamwork, fair play, resilience and respect. Sports include Netball, Hockey, Rounders and Athletics.
The Junior School is surrounded by dedicated outdoor spaces that our girls are regularly encouraged to make use of in order to stay active. PE and Games lessons are taught in the Junior School Hall, the Gym and on the courts and playing fields. Girls in Year 3 – 6 go swimming at a local swimming pool. We also host regular fixtures, giving our girls the opportunity to take part competitively in a team sport.
Dance is taught as part of the Physical Education curriculum and a variety of styles and music is explored. There are opportunities to participate in extra-curricular Dance through Ballet, and for Years 5 and 6, some performance dance groups organised by Senior School pupils.
Individual music lessons are offered to all girls, and we have peripatetic music teachers who teach piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, acoustic guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tenor horn, euphonium, French horn, tuba, harp, drums and orchestral percussion. The lessons are timetabled on a rota system during the school day, in order to avoid missing the same area of the curriculum each week. Girls are put forward for examinations and are awarded their grades in music.
Music lessons are normally available from Year 1, depending on whether girls are physically and developmentally ready for the instrument they wish to study. The Music Co-ordinator is happy to advise on the suitability of instruments.
Opportunities for your daughter to take part in Drama in the Junior School are abundant. They range from timetabled Drama lessons and assemblies to other full-scale productions. The benefits of performing arts are wide-ranging and look to build the girls’ confidence, while developing their creative talents and team working skills.
Speech and Drama lessons are also very popular and they are provided (at extra cost) by a specialist teacher who prepares girls for LAMDA examinations.
Art is a vital and vibrant part of the Junior School curriculum. Your daughter will study a variety of artists and explore an exciting range of media and materials to develop her creative talents.
Recent projects include whole-school participation in the Art at Chatsworth exhibition, as well as The Herd of Sheffield – a public art initiative by the Children’s Hospital Charity. The girls regularly take part in the National Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ programme and create artwork as well as literacy work based on a painting. There are also opportunities for your daughter to visit local galleries and museums to gain an appreciation of various types of art, often linked to the connected, creative curriculum.