In the Pre-Prep, academic skills are developed through carefully planned schemes of work which follow and extend beyond both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. We seek to prepare children for the challenges of St Edmund’s Junior School and we have a successful transition programme between Year 2 in the Pre-Prep and Year 3 in the Junior School.
We have 5 key objectives which underpin our main philosophy:
- Putting Maths and English at the heart of our learning
- Encouraging a lifelong love of learning
- Developing a child’s imagination, creativity and sensitivity
- Fostering self-esteem, self-discipline and self-confidence
- Identifying individual needs and developing potential
- Helping each child to be self-aware and, through this awareness, to respect and to work amicably with others
Reading is of prime importance in the Pre-Prep. The children in the Nursery are encouraged to listen to stories and share books with each other. They participate in pre-reading activities and introductory phonic work. As they move into the other classes, they enjoy daily reading and phonic activities and are encouraged to take books of a variety of genres home to share with their parents. In this way, we hope to create not only fluent readers but also engender a love of reading.
Studies show that small class sizes and specialist teachers result in higher educational standards and levels of achievement and, to this end, all children from Reception age receive specialist teaching in French, Music, P.E., Swimming and Dance.
Having the confidence to speak and perform in front of an audience is an excellent skill to acquire. Children start by participating in ‘show and tell’ sessions in class and then progress to drama workshops, school assemblies, plays and concerts.