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For children aged 6 to 7 years

In KS1 the curriculum is broadly akin to the National Curriculum, but extended to cover a greater breadth and depth of learning. During these years we continue to build on the foundations laid in Early Years Foundation Stage. Staff deliver a broad curriculum and each child is educated to his or her full potential, with the Arts and PE having their vital places. Children are taught by specialists in Music and PE and have access to both the Music studio and large sports hall.

The wide range of activities and new experiences takes place both in and outdoors and aims to enrich the overall development of the children, with ICT embedded throughout the curriculum. We have a whole school curriculum policy, which ensures the highest standards in all subjects and a continuity between the pre-preparatory and the preparatory departments. To gain entry to the preparatory department (Year 3) at 7+ years, children must enjoy reading to a good level, be articulate and able to express themselves clearly in writing and have a grasp of the basic skills in Mathematics.

The main areas for development are:

  • To encourage the children to ask questions
  • To enable the children to work independently and co-operatively
  • To develop self-confidence, self-respect, competitiveness and leadership
  • To promote understanding of the concepts and proficiency in English, Mathematics and ICT
  • To introduce the children to basic scientific skills by investigating and observing the world around them

In order to achieve a happy and confident, well rounded child, activities are offered that:

  • Are structured to ensure progression
  • Based on a combination of first hand experiences, using the environment and experiences through books, pictures and visual aids
  • Prove learning through reiteration after reinforcement which involves written recording and memory skills
  • Introduce History, Geography, Art & Design, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education and Swimming

For children aged 2½ to 5 years

The main areas for development are:

  • To encourage the children to become more independent and self-reliant
  • To develop physical skills and co-ordination of both large and small body movements
  • To foster a child’s natural curiosity through exploration and investigation
  • To further the development of language and mathematic abilities through the acquisition of basic skills

In order to achieve a happy and confident, well rounded child, activities are offered that:

  • Are structured to ensure progression
  • Are based on a combination of first hand experiences, using the environment and experiences, through books, pictures and visual aids
  • Prove learning through reiteration after reinforcement which involves written recording and memory skills

Early Years Foundation Years: 7 areas of learning

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

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