The junior section of primary school is children aged from seven or eight up to eleven. This is years four, five, and six. Often, the infants and the juniors are separated for certain things, for example at playtime, assembly time, lunchtime, and outings. In the playground, there is an infant section and a junior section; the wide age range means that children are safer playing with others of the same or similar age. Infants often eat first at lunchtime, arriving in increments to ease the flow of children sitting down to lunch.
For the junior curriculum in years four, five, and six, there is still a great focus on the three Rs: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic. Taking books from the school library is part of their homework, although they can read whatever level and at whatever pace is comfortable for them. Some avid readers may rip through books at a faster rate, while others focus more slowly.
At this stage, they have learned to write and now the focus is on the formation of those letters and words, learning how to practice cursive (joined up) writing, and formatting their letters with lined notebooks to guide them. In years five and six, they begin writing with pens.
Other subjects are more formally addressed: geography, history, drama, etc. Classes may begin projects for each subject, and subjects like history or geography will focus on one specific topic – like the Victorian era, World War II, or the Amazon Rainforest – for a whole semester, or term. They engage in various different academic or creative activities related to this topic, from watching videos, to creating sculptures, or writing stories.