From Year 3, we begin the Key Stage 2 curriculum, building on and extending the foundations already laid lower down the School. Our curriculum is based on the National Primary Framework but extended in many ways, providing a broad and fully enriched curriculum.
French continues throughout the Prep School and girls in Year 3 and 4 also have the opportunity to experience Spanish. As they reach Year 5 and 6, German and Latin is introduced. All Modern Foreign Languages plus Latin, are taught by Senior School specialists.
Other subjects taught include the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Music, PE, PSHCE and RE.
Preparation for the 11+ examinations begins with Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning.
Work is differentiated to allow each girl to be appropriately challenged and encouraged to progress at her own pace.
Girls are formally set across their year group for English and Maths from Year 4. However work is often still differentiated within these sets, to allow for each girl to have her own individual, personalised learning.
Educational visits and learning outside the classroom
We often take the classroom outside, using our beautiful School surroundings for learning outdoors including Science and Maths. We also extend and develop the girls' learning by educational trips and visits. These include the British Museum, Hampton Court, experiencing life as a Victorian servant at Preston Manor as well as a Shakespeare4kids production for Year 5 and 6 and other theatre trips.
Residential trips are considered to be an essential element of encouraging independence and learning how to work as part of a team. Girls in Year 4 have the opportunity to visit Sayers Croft for 3 days. Activities they enjoy include shelter building, pond dipping, orienteering and team building. Those in Year 5 spend 4 days at Bowles and are able to experience raft building, an EarthWalk and problem solving. Year 6 enjoy a week of outdoor activities at a PGL centre, learning to test their boundaries, develop key skills and build their self-confidence. They always come back full of enthusiasm for the great outdoors!
Contact with Parents
We welcome all contact with parents. Our philosophy is that we are working together as a team with the parents at all times, as we both want the best for their daughter.
We hold an Information Evening for parents at the beginning of the School year. This allows them to meet their daughter's teacher and find out more about the curriculum, the timetable, the things that have been planned and our expectations of the year.
There are two Parents' Evenings, one in the Autumn Term and the other in the Spring Term, where parents have an individual appointment to discuss their daughter's progress.
The specialist teachers of PE and Music are also available to meet with parents at the Spring Term Parents' Evening.
A full written report is written at the end of the Summer Term. This includes a review of progress over the year as well as specific targets for the coming year.
Parents can, of course, make an appointment to speak to a teacher at any time.