Pre-Prep: Key Stage 1

In Pre-Prep, our small class sizes mean that we can treat every child as an individual. Their strengths are encouraged. As well as literacy and numeracy lessons, all children enjoy French, music, swimming, dance, gym, PE and games. Self-confidence is promoted and imaginations stimulated with outside education days, theatre visits, excursions and workshops.

Children start Reception in the September after their fourth birthday. They are based in bright and exciting classrooms with an attractive outside play area including a beautiful garden with bespoke play equipment including tricycles, a wendy house, a sand pit and raised flower and vegetable beds. There are specialist tutors for French, Swimming, Sport and Music. They have access to computers (as well as timetabled lessons in the computer suite) and an interactive white board. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework guidance is followed and the curriculum is based on the early learning goals:

Three prime areas:
1. Communication & Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, social & emotional development

Four Specific Areas:
1. Literacy
2. Mathematics
3. Understanding the World
4. Expressive Arts and Design

Personal and social skills are honed in a friendly, positive and caring atmosphere, strengthening confidence and self esteem. Our children are encouraged to work and play both independently and in a group. A comprehensive induction programme in the summer term ensures that children quickly settle into school life in September.

Parents have the opportunity to make introductions and encourage friendships in the summer holidays. There are close links with the surrounding pre schools and nurseries and they are invited to our productions and performances and to the popular summer picnic. The Reception class teacher also liases with the Year 1 class teacher and key stage 1 coordinator to ensure a smooth transition throughout the child’s early school life. An open door policy is adopted and parents are encouraged to take an active part in their children’s progress.

To ensure a seamless transition between Reception and Year 1, the ‘child initiated’ classroom style continues, with access to educational toys and computers, role-play opportunities, practical and fun activities, and plenty of occasions to enjoy the garden area.

The excellent ratio of staff to pupils ensures a high level of support so that children quickly build up strong literacy and numeracy skills. We achieve higher than average results and reading ages in national assessments. This allows children to attain their personal and academic targets without being pressurized.

Year 2 acts as a springboard into the Prep Department/Key Stage 2 phase of school and a broader education. Pupils are introduced to an increasing range of subjects. They are also encouraged to employ new techniques: problem solving, using their initiative and developing into individuals who ‘think outside the box’.

‘My daughter is happy and confident at school and always comes out smiling’

Year 2 Current Parent