We know that the first few years in a child’s education are crucial, so we prioritise the acquisition of key literacy and numeracy skills through a varied and interactive curriculum. Our pre-prep department focuses on creating a positive, enriching environment to develop happy, confident children who are keen to learn and embrace new ideas.
Each morning children enjoy formal literacy and numeracy lessons, taught by qualified, dedicated class teachers. A great emphasis is also put on hearing your child read every day. Class sizes are small and children are taught in single year groups to allow us to tailor lessons to individual needs. Regular target setting and assessment is carried out in order for us to fully understand the next steps your child requires.
We base our teaching on the EYFS and National Curriculum but go beyond this with specialist teaching in French, computing, music, PE, art and design. Other subjects built into the teaching day include science, geography, history, religious education, swimming, drama, PSHE, cooking, gardening and library time. There are also opportunities for your child to have individual teaching for a variety of musical instruments. School starts at 8.30am and continues until 3.30pm, with daily breakfast and after school clubs and activities also available.
We are lucky enough to be located in a beautiful setting and use this to help reinforce our children’s learning. We head outside into the school grounds whenever possible to take the classroom outdoors, taking regular trips to Glebe Woods where we use skills from all subject areas to investigate our natural world, and explore many other interesting places within our community.