Lower Prep

Most of the children who join the Reception Class move into it from our Nursery, but children are also welcomed from elsewhere from the September following their fourth birthday. Attendance from this age is on a full-time basis. In the Reception Class, the children continue the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum begun in the Nursery. All girls and boys wear school uniform.
The staff aim to give every girl and boy a first-class start to their education through the opportunity to learn in a happy, relaxed atmosphere which encourages the development of confidence in all aspects of school life. We nurture the awareness of others’ needs and encourage a growing understanding of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Outside the classroom, there are opportunities to take part in visits and after school clubs.

The children are taught by well-qualified staff, who care for them as individuals and aim to meet their needs, so they can develop their full potential. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the basic skills of numeracy and literacy in the context of a broad curriculum which encourages creativity and personal development. There are extensive opportunities for practical learning experiences. The children are taught on the whole by their subject teacher, but there is some specialist teaching in Music, French, ICT, PE and Swimming.

 

There are two parallel classes in each year group, throughout the Prep School, and girls and boys benefit from being in small classes. Contact with parents is actively sought, so an effective partnership between home and the school is established. Parents receive written reports and Parents’ Evenings are held at various times during the academic year.

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