Welcome to our Pre-Prep

Our Pre-Prep department (Years 1 and 2) is situated within our friendly Prep School. The pupils work in a dedicated learning area located at the heart of the Prep School building, giving them the opporunity to mix with the older pupils at break times and ensuring that they feel confident moving into the Prep School at the end of their time in Year 2.

In the Pre-Prep we keep our class sizes small. The children are taught by a full-time teacher and there is also a full-time teaching assistant in the class which ensures that every single child receives a huge amount of individual time and attention.

Using this model, we are able to assess the needs of each individual pupil 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 Reception class or are joining us from elsewhere. We are proud of our 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.


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.


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 to make Maths fun and enjoyable for all the children. 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.

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