Children develop quickly in the early years and are keen to interact with others and with the world around them. Their development depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
We work closely with parents to provide an environment where children are recognised as individuals and enabled to develop in a way best suited to their interests and learning styles.
The EYFS document, ‘Development Matters’, provides a framework and guidance for working with reception age children. This guidance material supports teachers in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS.
The core curriculum in Years 1 and 2 will follow the National Curriculum. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science will use the same schemes as those used in the Prep School, thus providing continuity and ensuring a smooth transition at the age of 7.
The brainchild of the highly regarded Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on how to teach children to read, The Read Write Inc. programme utilises 'synthetic phonics', a method that lies at the heart of the government’s education policy for children of primary school age.
For an hour a day on four days each week, every Pre-Prep pupil engages in a series of reading, comprehension and spelling tasks.
The beauty of the programme is that it enables children reading at similar levels to work in small groups; for those who need extra support to set them on their way, it provides the individual attention they need at a crucial period at the start of their school careers. For others whose reading takes off in leaps and bounds, the flexibility of the small groups enables them to move on quickly. So children work at their own pace and each individual child moves onto the next group when they are ready to do so.
Using workbooks to read stories and passages, the children also carry out comprehension and writing tasks of increasing complexity. They take reading books home with them that mirror the exercises they complete at school. It’s a very long way from the Janet & John books of times gone by.
The proof of the pudding? Comparing the progress made by Hurst Pre-Prep Reception pupils from their baseline tests to their end of year assessments, they are consistently well above both the national and local average levels of achievement. This gives them an excellent foundation to build on their literacy and knowledge in Key Stage 1 and beyond when they move on up to Hurst Prep in Year 3.