Children joining the Preparatory Department continue their learning journey in an interactive and inspiring environment. Each classroom is designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage them as young learners to explore, question and investigate. The curriculum is detailed below, but the pupils are regularly taken off timetable through our commitment to a creative curriculum. On these days they are given the opportunity to explore a period in history, a topic or issue, numerical or scientific problems.
Early preparatory Classes
In our Early Preparatory classes, all learners study a broad range of subjects in which key standards are followed. The main focus is daily English and Mathematic sessions. The skills developed in these areas are used widely across the curriculum.
All other curriculum areas; Science, Computer Science, Religious Education, Music, Physical Education, French, Spanish, Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Education are taught throughout the week.
We also introduce all pupils to dance and singing with swimming introduced from the summer term for Year 2 pupils.
At the end of Key Stage 1, our pupils are aware of others around them and are developing a sense of community. Organisational skills are actively encouraged to promote a more independent learner. They will have made important steps on the learning ladder, particularly in English and Mathematics. By the end of Year 2 we hope to foster a love of learning, encourage pleasure in reading and a desire to learn more.
In Years 3-6, all pupils study a broad range of subjects in which key standards are followed. The main focus is daily English and Mathematics sessions. The skills developed in these areas are used across the curriculum.
Other important areas of the curriculum are Science and Computer Science. Pupils are also taught Music, Religious Education, Art, Design & Technology, Physical Education and PSHE. Dance is taught as part of the PE curriculum up to Year 4. Pupils are also taught History, Geography and Science through our topic based approach, the Combined Imaginative Curriculum (CIC).
By the end of Year 6 our pupils are becoming independent, self-motivated and confident learners. They are starting to be equipped with skills that will assist them in later life and they will have had opportunities to become involved in the needs of the wider community.
Learning skills are supported through areas of the curriculum. Knowledge and skills learned in one subject are applied to others, thus reinforcing their learning and increasing their understanding and confidence. The aspects of subjects that bring them to life: enquiry, problem-solving and practical work is actively planned for. The curriculum model makes the best use of all available curriculum time to actively develop learning skills.
In Years 6 and 7 the pupils take part in a two year cycle of skills days, where they are taken off timetable and spend a day experiencing a particular skill such as problem solving. Alongside this runs a revision and study skills programme which begin in Year 6 and is developed right the way through to Year 13 to help pupils manage the demands of both internal and external examinations.