The Prep curriculum is designed to ignite, enthuse and empower our pupils to bring the very best out in themselves.
Most areas of the curriculum are taught by class teachers which, coupled with our small class sizes, ensures the teaching staff are aware of the level at which each child is working. Class teachers appreciate the need to deliver information in a variety of different ways to suit children’s varying learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), and adapt their teaching to suit. Children receive specialist teaching in Computing & IT, Drama, French, Music, PE and Swimming. The school has dedicated teaching facilities for Art/DT, Computing & IT, Music, PE and Science.
Teaching follows the guiding principles of the Key Stage 2 framework, although curriculum lessons may be supported or enriched and extended to meet the needs of the pupils. The Prep timetable comprises Art, Computing & IT, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, PE, PSHEE (Personal, Social and Health Education, including Citizenship), Religious Education and Science.
The children continue with the Thinking Skills concept introduced in Pre-Prep using Challenge Boxes as a way to broaden and develop their learning skills. The Challenge Boxes are resources and activities which can be used to enhance reasoning ability, encourage intellectual curiosity and promote concentration, persistence and determination in children of all academic abilities, including the Gifted and Talented.
The Prep teaching staff believe the best way to reinforce learning is through the little and often approach which allows children to consolidate their understanding without losing their enthusiasm. Hence, emphasis is placed upon regular use of the popular Mathletics programme, the weekly spellings and regular reading assignments, in addition to a variety of prep activities designed to revisit concepts studied in class.
Throughout the academic year, a number of educational trips and visiting speakers enrich the curriculum and extend learning.