Hurstpierpoint College | Pre-prep School - from the ages of 4 to 7

Pre-Prep School

Hurst Pre-Prep caters for children from the age of 4 (Reception) to 7 (Year 2), prior to moving up to the Prep School.

For the youngest pupils, our Pre-Prep is the perfect environment: safe, small and self-contained, where the children instantly feel at home.

Pre-Prep playgroundEach Pre-Prep classroom opens onto a covered outdoor area, with many resources for outdoor learning. The Pre-Prep children also have their own all-weather bespoke playground to provide a stimulating environment for creative imaginative play times, with plenty of space for running, football, basketball, cycling and scooters.

Being part of the college campus allows the Pre-Prep to benefit from specialist support and amazing facilities. Whether that is for regular stimulating lessons and the Woodland School or for larger events such as the Nativity Play, Dance Showcase or Sports Day, our children have access to the best the college can provide.

Academic

We work hard to deliver exceptional teaching, a first-class curriculum and excellent pastoral care to instil a love of learning and to provide a secure academic foundation.

We hope you will come to visit our school and find out more about what we can offer your child.

For the youngest pupils, our Pre-Prep is the perfect environment: safe, small and self-contained, where the children instantly feel at home.

Each Pre-Prep classroom opens onto a covered outdoor area, with many resources for outdoor learning. The Pre-Prep children also have their own all-weather bespoke playground to provide a stimulating environment for creative imaginative play times, with plenty of space for running, football, basketball, cycling and scooters.

Being part of the college campus allows the Pre-Prep to benefit from specialist support and amazing facilities. Whether that is for regular stimulating lessons and the Woodland School or for larger events such as the Nativity Play, Dance Showcase or Sports Day, our children have access to the best the college can provide.

We work hard to deliver exceptional teaching, a first-class curriculum and excellent pastoral care to instil a love of learning and to provide a secure academic foundation.

Curriculum

Young girl in classroom smilingThe Reception year curriculum 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).

Reception Class

We provide our pupils with a broad and balanced range of learning experiences, enabling them to learn through structured, adult-led activities and open-ended, child-initiated tasks. Children are taught new concepts within a stimulating environment and meaningful context for learning. Wherever possible we follow individual interests in order to enrich and enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding. They begin to read and write quickly, 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 pupils’ learning as the year progresses.

Cross-curricular learning includes the three core areas of learning and development; physical, communication and language and personal, social and emotional. The other areas of learning and development covered by the EYFS curriculum are mathematics, literacy, understanding the world and creative.

Years 1 and 2

The core curriculum follows the National Curriculum.

Young girl in classroom counting on her fingersOne 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 class, 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 phonics programme, they 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 School in Year 3.

Co-Curricular

Co-curricular activities are key to the all-round education of each child throughout Hurst and it is through such activities that students will acquire skills, qualities and values that they can enjoy throughout their lives.

Sport

Sport is an important part of the curriculum across all age groups. We believe that teaching children sports skills from an early age will help prepare them for healthy, active lifestyles and show them how enjoyable and varied sports can be.

The Pre-Prep PE programme includes Swimming, Gymnastics, Dance and Games. All our lessons are taught by specialist PE teachers, including fully trained swimming instructors.

PE lessons take place both inside and outside, where children learn movement, ball skills, co-ordination, manipulation, control and co-operation.

Our pupils have one swimming lesson per week, in small groups in the college swimming pool. Lessons are geared towards gaining confidence in the water and developing competent stroke techniques.

Pupils also have one lesson of games each week, when they further develop their basic skills by taking part in fun sports activities. They also learn about safety, self-expression and teamwork.

Within and beyond the curriculum, our exceptional sports teaching, coaching and mentoring ensures our young pupils receive the guidance and confidence they need to explore and enjoy new sports and activities throughout their childhood.

Year 2 also have the opportunity to take part in sporting events with children from other schools.

Creative and Performing Arts

Hurst’s creative programme enables our pupils to express themselves in different ways. As their creative skills are nurtured, they develop personal confidence, important social skills and strengthen their powers of memory and concentration.

The creative and performing arts are important to every child’s development and they form a core element of our Pre-Prep education.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their creative skills through Art, Drama, Dance and Music, which are all incorporated into the weekly curriculum. In addition, Ballet, Drama, Art and individual Music lessons are also available as after school activities.

All of our children enjoy the opportunities to sing, act, dance and perform to parents at events such as the Nativity and the Dance Showcase.

Our outstanding resources are supplemented by sessions with visiting authors, musicians, artists and dance companies.

Activities

We encourage all of our pupils to develop new skills and try new activities. We have an extensive extra-curricular programme which provides pupils with the opportunity to try a wide range of sports and creative clubs.