Welcome to Pre-Prep Years 1 & 2

The Pre-Prep classroom is situated in Pyke House and is for both our year 1 and 2 pupils.

Small class sizes and the employment of both a full-time teacher and full-time teaching assistant ensures that a tremendous amount of time and attention is paid to every child in the class.

We are able to assess the needs of the individual to ensure that every child has a happy and positive learning experience and receives the best possible start to their education.

A warm welcome awaits every child who joins our Pre-Prep whether they have attended our Pre-School or are joining us from elsewhere. Our class has a friendly and happy atmosphere which helps all the children feel secure and aids their learning.

We make the most of our beautiful surroundings by taking suitable lessons outside when we can, giving the children hands on experience of nature, science and the environment.

The children follow a rich and varied curriculum including English and Maths in the mornings and Topic work – encompassing Science, History Geography, Art, Craft and Cookery in the afternoons.

In addition to this the children have ICT, Music, RE, PHSE, Games, PE and Gymnastics lessons; some of which are taught by specialist subject teachers.

We also recognise the importance of teaching children a foreign language from a very early age and therefore all the pupils in year 1 and 2 have weekly French lessons.

The performing arts feature highly in our curriculum giving every child the opportunity to develop their confidence and self-esteem. Year 2 are also taught to play the violin during weekly group music lessons. Other individual music lessons are available in a variety of instruments, taught by our very talented peripatetic music teachers.

English

During English lessons, our puppets Sid and Boris help the children develop their phonics and spelling skills. The children also have individual spellings to learn which are tested weekly. We use a wide range of books and stories as a basis for written work and the children enjoy working towards their individual goals. We follow a structured reading scheme and the children all have individual reading books to take home each day. Correct letter formation is taught through formal handwriting lessons and by the end of year 2 many pupils will be developing a joined up handwriting style.

Maths

We thoroughly enjoy our Maths lessons as we develop a firm foundation of basic skills through a variety of formal, mental and practical activities. We encourage individual, paired and grouped investigations and the children use their workbooks as an assessment and record of their understanding. We regularly revisit areas of learning in maths, to consolidate and extend the children’s mathematical experience and develop their overall confidence with number systems.