This year marks a key transition from the Reception class, where the teaching style fully embraces free flow learning, to a more routine but play-centred approach.
We create a happy, warm and friendly atmosphere in which all members of the class feel secure and able to ask questions, share their thoughts and further their own learning through practical and hands-on activities.
Our children are encouraged to become independent learners who can access the curriculum at their level. This is achieved through ensuring good accessibility to a wide range of resources, appropriate questioning, activities that are tailored to the child’s ability, a high level of expectation, clear learning objectives and lots of praise.
Whenever possible, all subjects, including mathematics, literacy and ICT, are taught under the umbrella of topic work. This is important for infant children as they can make more sense of their work when it is placed within a familiar context. We follow a creative curriculum which allows the children to explore, discover and apply a range of new skills.
Our setting lends itself to a whole array of stimulating lessons, from geography to art, and mathematics to science. If it’s a sunny day then you may well find that we will be taking our lesson al fresco! The awe and wonder of the outdoors is continued on our class trips to the Weald and Downland Museum, Tuppenny Barn and Birdworld.
Homework remains very informal at this stage. However, it is expected that each child reads for around 10 minutes per evening in a relaxed atmosphere and practises weekly spellings.
In Pre-Prep we encourage a love of reading and all children read to an adult every day. The children enjoy this special time to talk about the books they are reading and to practise using their expanding phonics knowledge.
Pre-Prep benefits from a full time teaching assistant who supports the children in their daily learning in the classroom. Our fantastic teaching assistant leads the cookery lessons and during the year the children enjoy making a whole range of delicious foods, from sunflower flapjacks to homemade bread and fruit kebabs.