The curriculum in our Pre-Prep classes (Years 1 and 2) is carefully designed to build on the learning that has been enjoyed by the children in the Early Years classes.
As children move into Year 1, they continue to develop their knowledge of phonics, reading, and writing using a multi-sensory approach. Children also develop their understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts, and they are taught, through a topic-based curriculum, about the world beyond home and school.
Children begin to be taught by a wider range of specialist teachers in subjects such as Art and PE, while continuing to experience specialist teaching in Music, IT, and German. Forest School sessions continue, with children taking part in both indoor and outdoor learning tasks.
We believe that our young children should be valued as individuals. Our curriculum is designed to allow all children to make progress at the rate which is appropriate to meet their learning needs, setting challenges that are open-ended and which will often involve working with others.
Children begin to experience sports sessions, beginning with skills-based and competitive games with small teams.
There are increasing opportunities for children to perform or take part in musical concerts. These build self-confidence and an understanding of the need to work together on a joint venture. Individual music lessons, along with speech and drama tuition, are available to Pre-Prep children.
In Year 2 our children take part in their first residential trip, staying overnight at the Old Chapel, the King’s Foundation’s residential base in South Wales. Other curriculum-based trips are offered during the year, and we often welcome visitors to supplement the children’s experiences at school.