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
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.

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