The Pre-Prep School offers a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum which includes coverage of the seven areas of Learning and Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Years 1 to 3 (Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2).
It is suited to all pupils across the full age and ability range and contributes effectively to children’s intellectual, physical and personal attainment and development, thereby preparing them well for the next stage of their education, when they move across to the Prep School.
We acknowledge the importance of a sound and thorough grounding in literacy and numeracy and consequently, these areas receive appropriate emphasis throughout the Pre-Prep. We follow the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme (having been a model school) and follow on to use the Literacy and Language programme and Project X Reading to the end of Year 3. Our Numeracy is based on White Rose maths and is supplemented by work with number bonds, multiplication tables and investigations. There are policies and detailed schemes of work for each curriculum area which means curriculum progression is planned carefully and interesting cross-curricular learning is well organised.
The other curriculum areas are taught through themes in Reception and Year 1, gradually becoming a little more formal in approach and becoming stand-alone subjects through Years 2 and 3. We benefit from specialist teachers in a variety of subjects as shown below.
Computing: In Years 2 and 3 Computing is taught weekly in the IT suite by Mr Markham. In addition, the Pre-Prep has its own suite of iPads for use across the curriculum, and the Reception class use a variety of software on their classroom computers as well. The use of other resources, such as programmable Lego, cameras, recording equipment and Bee-bots, is all planned into the themes.
Music & Drama: All the Pre-Prep children receive music lessons from the Director of Music, Ms Forbes, as well as a weekly Hymn Practice. Individual tuition is available in cello, piano, violin, percussion, drums, guitar, brass, woodwind and singing from the peripatetic staff. The children become accustomed to performing in front of an audience as each class takes turns to produce an assembly. There are also various events during the school year to which parents, grandparents and friends are invited, including Harvest and Easter Services, the Nativity and End of Year Concert.
French: French is taught from Reception to Year 2 in a very interactive and inclusive way, using Linguascope, songs and games. In Year 3 the French is a little more formal and includes spoken and written activities, often in a topic format. Miss Crowe and Mrs Davies, a specialist teacher, teach all the Pre-Prep classes.
Physical Education: P.E. and Games sessions are taught by specialist teachers within the school. Weekly tuition is also available in Ballet, Yoga and Short Tennis at an additional cost.