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.
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.