The Early Years Foundation stage adheres to the DfES Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage which includes six areas of learning: Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication, Language & Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge & Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development.
In the Foundation Stage, and in Pre-Prep, the school adopts an inter-disciplinary topic approach to curriculum planning, alongside a range of QCA units that reflect the Key Stage One National Curriculum. The curriculum is planned carefully to ensure there is full and coherent coverage of all aspects of the Curriculum and early learning goals, and that there is planned progression in all curriculum areas, which includes the teaching of French from Year 1.
The Prep school is divided into three, two-year bandings: Lower School (Years 3 & 4), Middle School (Years 5 & 6), and Upper School (Years 7 & 8) and pupils are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of subjects: History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Latin, ICT, Drama, Art, Design Technology, PE, Games, current affairs and PSHCE as well as English, Mathematics and Science. As an IAPS school, we pride ourselves on the breadth as well as the depth of the curriculum we offer.
In Years 7 and 8 the Curriculum accords to the Common Entrance syllabus composed by ISEB. Some pupils may go beyond this in preparation for academic scholarships.
The academic curriculum is extended beyond the classroom with a range of visits, speakers, and curriculum days promoting the idea that learning is all around, and fostering an inquisitive nature about the world. It offers opportunities to exercise initiative and responsibility for learning and decision-making, promoting ideas of teamwork and co-operation.
Our Life Skills (PSHE & C) takes place during the week for Pre-Prep and Lower School pupils and on a Saturday for Years 5-8, along with two further academic lessons, the Kaleidoscope talks programme, chapel, lunch and games.
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that gives our children the necessary skills and knowledge to gain entry into their chosen senior schools at either 11+ or 13+.
To enrich the learning experience for our pupils beyond the usual confines of the National Curriculum, 11+ and the prescriptive Common Entrance.
To promote in our children a curiosity and love of learning.
To teach our children the knowledge and skills necessary for them to take responsibility for independent learning now, and in future years.
To teach them the necessary IT skills so that they become valuable tools to develop and sustain the learning experience.
To develop our children’s critical and creative faculties and the skills to research, sort, record and evaluate information.
To offer the children opportunities to develop their prowess in the dramatic, artistic, musical and sporting arenas.
To produce ‘cultured’ children who have an awareness of, and an appreciation for, other cultures as well as their own.
To promote citizenship and an understanding of the importance of stewardship of the local and global environment.
To develop our pupils’ moral compasses and enhance the children’s spiritual awareness.
To expose our children to challenges outside the classroom to help them build character, encourage teamwork, foster initiative and take informed decisions involving risk.
To instill in our children the values of tolerance, compassion, honesty, kindness, courtesy and consideration.
“Pupils’ excellent personal development is supported by dedicated staff, who are led with care and consideration and a commitment to achieve increasingly higher standards of teaching and learning.”
(ISI Inspection Report 2012)