Pre-Prep

Pastoral Care
We aim to create an environment where our children feel valued and secure so they can thrive and achieve to the best of their ability. We know that happy children learn best. By celebrating all successes, whether big or small, Pre Prep children are supported in developing positive self-esteem which in turn impacts their learning. We encourage them to develop a tolerance and sensitivity towards others so all children have a sense of belonging.

Curriculum
We strive to ensure that children enjoy learning both inside and outside the classroom, through a broad and balanced curriculum. Understanding is just as important as knowledge so developing an understanding of perseverance and of the need for effort encourages children to become determined and resilient learners. We offer a stimulating and challenging environment where individual needs are met and each child can take risks in their learning to develop their stamina.
Year 3 children have their first taste of taking part in competitive sport against other Prep Schools or joining in with Wednesday active activities such as forest school, basketball, board games, drama, quizzes, brain training.

School Day
Arrival time from 8.00
Registration at 8.20
8.30 – 9.00   Assembly/ house meetings / form time/ singing practice
9.00 Lessons begin
10.20 playtime
10.40- 12.00 Lessons
!2.00- 1.00 Lunch / playtime
1.00- 2.00 Lessons
2.00- 2.20 - playtime
2.20- 4.15 Lessons
4.15      Dismissal / After School club/ Extra Curricular Activities
5.30      End of After School Club
 
Extra Curricular Activities
After school care is provided in our After School Club which is based in the Year 1 classrooms and outside play area. There is no charge for this up until 4.30pm and a nominal charge from 4.30-5.30. Children may attend a variety of extra curricular activities run by teachers which are free of charge.

These include such activities as - reading, colouring, Spanish, model building, dance, choir etc. There are also clubs offered by external instructors including ballet, tap, fencing, basketball, sailing; instructors charge for these sessions. The school office contact parents with information on all available clubs so that bookings can be made ahead of each term.
Years 1 & 2
Pastoral Care
We aim to create an environment where our children feel valued and secure so they can thrive and achieve to the best of their ability. We know that happy children learn best. By celebrating all successes, whether big or small, Pre Prep children are supported in developing positive self-esteem which in turn impacts their learning. We encourage them to develop a tolerance and sensitivity towards others so all children have a sense of belonging.
Curriculum

Years 1& 2 are taught in two forms by the class teachers, each supported by a teaching assistant. The Year 1 classrooms open on to their own playground which is set up each morning to provide opportunities for the children to learn and explore. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum we generally teach beyond its parameters providing a rich learning experience supported a by a variety of trips such as visits to the beach, woods, Volks railway, mosque, park and Sealife Centre etc.

Year 1& 2 children love their forest and beach school sessions where they build essential life skills such as listening, following instructions and teamwork.

Children follow the lively Song of Sounds programme which enables every child to learn to read and spell. A strong focus on reading helps all to become active learners. Education is a partnership between school and home and we find that children achieve even more when they are encouraged to read to their parents each evening at home. PE, Music, French and Mandarin are taught by specialists to ensure the optimum learning experience.
Life in Years 1&2 is never dull and is always focused on your child fulfilling their potential meaning that the majority of children achieve beyond age related expectations.

Learning is enabled though cross- curricular teaching which means that the children are absorbed with their learning in meaningful contexts. For example through the Castle topic the children learn not only the History of castles but also the Geography and a visit to Arundel Castle helps to secure their understanding. Literacy skills are developed using historical knowledge gleaned from non-fiction texts as well as the language of fairy tales set in magical castles. Science is explored through researching materials and forces used in castle building and weapons. Numerical skills are developed by linking learning to the topics too.
 
School Day
Arrival time from 8.00am.
Registration at 8.20
8.30 – 9.00   Assembly/ house meetings / form time/ singing practice
9.00 Lessons begin
10.00 playtime
10.20- 12.00 Lessons
!2.00-1.00 Lunch/ playtime
1.00-2.00 Lessons
2.00-2.20 - playtime
2.20-3.45pm Lessons / outdoor learning
3.45- 4.30 Dismissal / After School club/ Extra Curricular Activities
5.30 End of After School Club

Extra Curricular
After school care is provided in our After School Club which is based in the Year 1 classrooms and outside play area. There is no charge for this up until 4.30pm and a nominal charge from 4.30-5.30. Children may attend a variety of extra curricular activities run by teachers which are free of charge. These include such activities as - reading, colouring, Spanish, model building, dance, choir etc. There are also clubs offered by external instructors including ballet, tap, fencing, basketball, sailing, football; instructors charge for these sessions. The school office contact parents with information on all available clubs so that bookings can be made ahead of each term.

Children are the future, and it is our mission at St Christopher’s Pre-Prep in Hove to create an environment where happy, polite, kind and curious children can flourish and achieve their full potential both in and outside the classroom. Emphasis is put on the close communication with parents which is so vital to ensuring a child’s full potential is realised and on establishing the family atmosphere which makes the St Christopher’s community such a special one. 

Children’s well-being is fundamental to good learning. So, first we ensure that your child feels safe and secure and that he or she feels valued and cherished.  Children’s strengths are celebrated and weaknesses supported. Dedicated and well qualified teachers and teaching assistants and generous pupil-staff ratios ensure that we know and celebrate your child as an individual.
 
Here at St Christopher's teachers are committed to giving pupils every opportunity to learn and to develop within a happy, family school. The very strong foundations which form the bedrock of later learning are established enabling children to do better than anyone thought possible, to reach for higher things, in line with our school motto, altiora peto.

 

Judith Richards

Headmistress of the Pre-Prep

Pastoral Care
Great care is taken to ensure that children in our Reception classes immediately feel a part of ‘big school’. They are welcomed at the gate not just by teachers but also by a buddy in Year 8 with whom a strong bond develops, they are allocated to one of our four houses and thoroughly enjoy our House support and competitive spirit. They attend specialist classes at the main school on Wednesdays and they join Pre Prep Assemblies, hymn practice and whole school events.
However, they also benefit from their own carefully designed, eco-friendly  classrooms and play area at our Glebe Villas site, where they can enjoy the nature trail and sports pitches, a haven for them and an oasis for outdoor learning. This makes the transition from nursery to Pre-Prep schooling an easy one for them and enables play and learning to be subtly blended.

Curriculum
Highly qualified Reception teachers and Teaching Assistants ensure a very generous staff/pupil ratio of 1:8 enabling the individual attention and close monitoring so important to achieving Early Years’ Learning Goals and strong pastoral support. The majority exceed the seven Early Years’ Learning Goals within a happy, caring learning environment and all thrive on learning which revolves around the interests of the child and his or her natural curiosity.
 
School Day
Arrival time from 8.00am. Reception children are met by their buddy and taken to the playground.
Registration at 8.20
Reception children go to Glebe Villas or House meetings/ assembly, singing practice.
8.45 Lessons begin
10.00 playtime
10.20- 12.00 Lessons
!2.00-1.00 Lunch / playtime
1.00-3.20pm Lessons / outdoor learning
3.30 Return to the main site for dismissal or after school club/ extra curricular activities
5.30 End of After School Club

Extra Curricular
After school care is provided in our After School Club which is based in the Year 1 classrooms and outside play area. There is no charge for this up until 4.30pm and a nominal charge from 4.30-5.30. Children may attend a variety of extra curricular activities run by teachers which are free of charge. These include such activities as - reading, colouring, Spanish, model building, etc.

There are also clubs offered by external instructors including ballet, tap, football; instructors charge for these sessions. The school office contact parents with information on all available clubs so that bookings can be made ahead of each term.

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