Academic Curriculum

The Pre-Prep consists of a single form entry for Reception (aged 4+), Year 1 (5+) and Year 2 (6+). Our Reception class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) whilst the Year 1 and 2 classes follow guidelines that are laid out in the National Curriculum. We aim to challenge the children in a positive manner and hopefully achieve above the national average results for all our students.

This often results in children completing work that is of a level that is in advance of that expected for pupils of their age. We are lucky to have three bright and airy classrooms and an enviable outdoor play area with climbing frames and Wendy houses.

The curriculum for Reception children focuses on the seven standards of the prime and specific areas of learning set by the EYFS.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development;
  • personal, social and emotional development.

The specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.

In Years 1 and 2 we use specific schemes for literacy and numeracy and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC covers areas of history, geography, science, art, technology and the international community. Work is topic based covering these areas in proportion to the topic subject. Over the two-year period of IPC teaching and learning in Key Stage 1, a balanced curriculum is delivered and this is broadened with specific lessons in French, Drama, Dance, Music and PE. Although the Pre-Prep has a structured timetable, with many of the Prep School teachers being involved, we also believe that spontaneity and flexibility is essential for children within this age group.

We believe that Pre-Prep children should have as little homework as possible as their day at school is so busy and that their time at home should be one of relaxation with their family. Of course, we also recognise the need for reinforcement and consolidation of the week's Literacy and Numeracy learning objectives and with that in mind we usually suggest about 20 minutes reading (or a numeracy task depending on the age of the child) each evening if this is possible.

Year 2 children will receive two sets of literacy and numeracy homework (20 minutes each) each week to help them get into a routine before moving on to Year 3.