Thematic Learning-History and Geography
The curriculum at the Pre-Prep has been devised to be exciting, meaningful and to ensure high standards and excellent progress. Each your group plans half termly topics which are thematic and integrated so that where possible the learning across subjects is linked. Wow moments to engage and motivate are weaved through the teaching and learning.
English is taught through high quality texts which links back to the topic being taught. This incorporates Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing. Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry are all part of our exciting English curriculum.
Phonics is taught daily through a programme called Read, Write, Inc. and is taught in a systematic and structured way. Children across the whole school are assessed half termly and placed in the group they require to access the next step in their phonics learning. This can result in mixed age groups.
Mathematics is taught through the research informed White Rose scheme and the ‘Mastery’ approach. Developing a ‘Deep Understanding of Number’ is a huge focus, whilst a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach is taught throughout the Pre-Prep.
Science is taught through exploration and discovery. Our mini scientists are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about the world around them. They will learn through first-hand experiences and experimentation. The staff will nurture the children’s development of ‘Scientific Enquiry’ to answer questions, make observations and to talk about what they find out. Science is also about acquiring new knowledge and the children will be taught about:
- Animals including Humans
- Living Things and their Habitats
- Materials and their Uses
- Seasonal Change.
We have class sets of iPads and Chrome Books to enable us to provide a high-quality computing education which encourages creativity, thinking and problem solving. The discreet teaching of computing includes:
- Algorithms (sets of simple instructions)
- Creating, organising, storing, and retrieving digital content
- The importance of using technology safely and respectfully
- Sequencing actions to move/control programmable robots
Technology is used to embed and enhance learning across the curriculum through a range of educational Apps which have been selected to enable a consolidation of skills and knowledge taught. It also allows the children to access learning or present their learning in a range of ways, such as research, podcast, Greenscreen and PicCollage.
Art, Design and Technology
The Art, Design and Technology curriculums are developed around the half-termly topics and will enable the children to explore a vast range of materials and processes. They will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space and will also design, make and evaluate products. A diverse group of artists, craft makers and designers will be studied, and the children will recreate their work or work in their styles.