Our Pre-Prep takes children from the Montessori setting and introduces them, over a period of two years (Years One and Two), to a more conventional school setting. Our Year 1 children still enjoy the Montessouri setting and in Year 2 the children move on to their next classroom but they are still in the same building and close by to ease the transition. This is done with consideration of all the educational experiences they have had in the Early Years’ setting, where independent learning and a child-centred approach have been paramount. The teachers in both the Early Years and Pre-Prep settings work together to ensure that the transition is a joyful and positive experience for the children.
Our aim in the Pre-Prep is to nurture the child’s character and to motivate them to try new tasks and experiences with confidence. We build on the strengths identified in the Early Years and develop new found interests and emerging skills. We develop confidence in readiness for the transition from Year Two to Year Three, where the children will be physically based in the main part of the school. For example, joint Games sessions take place for the Years Two, Three and Four children.
From Year Two, the children are taught by an increasing number of specialist teachers from the Main School. Music, French, Computing, Rural Studies and DT teachers take the children for weekly lessons, and we use the superb facilities of the Main School for many of these.
With the needs of families closely taken into consideration, we offer clubs and an extended day, with activities provided by the Pre-Prep and Early Years staff who already know the children. This thread of continuity is an important aspect of our ethos. Bearing in mind that many Pre-Prep children have older siblings already in the Main School, we offer after-school clubs both to help families and to accustom Pre-Prep children to the longer Main School day.
In a bid to provide parents and children with the best offering we can, we have established a Saturday morning activity based club, with the flexibility to do all or some of the morning, plus or minus Friday night boarding.
The morning is broken into four activity sessions.
Creative activities include art, crafting, construction toys and kits, making movies
Physical activities include swimming, yoga, den building, outdoor games, pony time, garden club
Performance activities include drama games, presentation time – speaking activities, dance, music making
Skills activities include cooking, sewing, making (for example, a bug hotel), wildlife activities like bird and tree identification walks, community helpers
We also have Forest School sessions each term, led by our accredited Forest School leader. These are hugely popular and the children enjoy learning new skills in the Forest School ground. A highlight of this is definitely the toasting (and eating!) of marshmallows!
A Sample Day
|08.30 - 12.10||Morning teaching session|
|13.35 - 15.45||Afternoon teaching session|
|15.45||End of Pre-Prep Day|
|15.45 - 16.30||Clubs|
|16.30 - 17.40||Tea-time Club|
|17.40||End of Year 3 Extended Day (Monday and Thursday)|