Welcome to our Pre-Prep

Shebbear College Pre-Prep comprises our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes (for pupils aged 4 – 7 years old).

In the Pre-Prep we keep our class sizes small. The children are taught by a full-time teacher and have a teaching assistant in each class for Phonics, English and Maths which ensures that every single child receives a huge amount of individual time and attention.

Our experienced teachers 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 Pre-School 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.

Reception Class

Our Reception Class is situated within our Early Years Foundation Stage building, in a dedicated learning area located close to our Pre-School.

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, the seven areas of learning are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Included in the EYFS curriculum are regular French, Mathematics, Literacy and Music lessons along with Cookery, PE, Art and a variety of other subjects.

Prep 1 & 2

Pupils in Year 1 and 2 are located at the heart of the Prep School building, giving them the opportunity 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.

The children follow a rich and varied curriculum including English and Maths in the mornings and Topic work – encompassing Science, History Geography, Art and Craft 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 and the children have weekly music and drama lessons.


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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