The Reception year follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) whilst the curriculum in Years 1 and 2 follows the National Curriculum.
Pre-Prep and Prep School staff work closely together to ensure a smooth transition at the age of seven from the last year of Pre-Prep (Year 2) into the first year of Prep (Year 3).
We provide our pupils with a broad and balanced range of learning experiences, enabling them to learn through structured activities and open-ended play. They are gradually introduced to the more formal aspects of learning and begin to read and write using our very successful phonics scheme: Read, Write Inc.
Mathematics is taught from a very practical base, with written number formation and recording becoming part of our learning as the year progresses.
All Reception teachers and assistants have specialist Early Years qualifications. It is not a formal curriculum but a series of guidelines to ensure that children are making the progress appropriate for their age and stage. Children are encouraged to develop in ways appropriate for each child, according to their individual learning styles.
Years 1 and 2
The core curriculum follows the National Curriculum, and the subjects taught are:
- Art & Technology
The Read, Write Inc. programme
One of the prime objectives of our Pre-Prep is to take boys and girls on a journey where they move from ‘learning to read’ towards ‘reading to learn’. We do this using the 'Read, Write Inc.' programme.
This programme utilises 'synthetic phonics', a method that lies at the heart of the government’s education policy for children of primary school age.
The Literacy programme begins in the Reception, where the children are taught using a synthetic phonics scheme to quickly recognise graphemes and phonemes in a simplified phonetic code. We teach the children to blend sounds together in order to decode (read) and encode (spell) simple words quickly.
In Years 1 and 2 children are grouped according to their ability and taught in small groups. Once a child finishes the phonetics programme, they work within a 'Literacy and Language' Scheme, designed to develop their skills further as readers and writers across a range of written genres.
Our pupils are consistently well above the national levels of achievement, which gives them an excellent foundation to build on their literacy and knowledge in Key Stage 1 and beyond, when they move up to the Prep in Year 3.