Our Pre-Prep takes children from the Early Years Montessori setting and introduces them, over a period of two years (Years One and Two), to a more conventional school setting. Our Year One children still enjoy a Montessori classroom with the curriculum underpinned by the Key Stage One National Curriculum. In Year Two, the children are introduced to a new creative curriculum approach in line with Main School. This method of learning allows the children to become experts in their field, linking subjects and learning styles. All transitions made during this time are 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, whilst also maintaining a close link with Early Years and Year One.
From Year Two, the children are taught by an increasing number of specialist teachers from the Main School. Music, French, Computing, Forest School 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.
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)|