In Pre-Prep we have high but realistic expectations, encouraging children to give their best, appreciating the things they do well and identifying the areas in which they could improve.
Our commitment to small class sizes ensures that each child is given the individual care and attention they need, whilst the strong working partnership we enjoy with our parents enables a close, collaborative atmosphere between school and family.
Our children are given a thorough grounding in the core skills and are encouraged to develop a lively interest and curiosity for the world in which they live. Through the provision of a varied curriculum, which includes the creative arts, languages and physical activities, we aim to promote a balanced outlook, encourage team spirit and to develop a life-long love of learning. Throughout the year, we make full use of the extensive grounds where we conduct science investigations, grow plants and delve into Forest Schools.
The Nursery and Reception curriculum is based on the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Many goals are reached by way of structured play involving a range of practical indoor and outdoor activities such as sand and water play, painting, construction, dressing-up and role-play. Others are worked towards within timetabled lessons such as Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Education and Swimming. Children begin their exploration of modern languages with the introduction of Spanish from Reception.
In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2), core subjects are taught by a class teacher with input from specialist teachers in Spanish, Music, Drama, Art, Physical Education and Swimming. The development of reading, writing, phonic knowledge and mathematical understanding are given a high priority. The individual reading programme is monitored closely and parental involvement is strongly encouraged. Foundation subjects, including Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, PSHCE, RE and Art/DT are all taught cross curricularly through topics based on the childrenâ€™s interests.