Pre-prep Curriculum (age 3-7)

Nursery and Reception

We aim to stimulate and harness our youngest children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm in order to build from the very beginning an interest and confidence in learning. At this early stage learning is based on wide-ranging experience, much of it through play and exploration, focusing on the following areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The children have a French, PE, Digital Learning, Swimming and Music lesson from a specialist teacher each week and have the opportunity of working outside each day. The Head of Digital Learning attends a Nursery session to enhance their use of the computer. Nursery and Reception have their own secure outside learning area. Reception should be seen as, essentially, a transitional phase during which the foundations are established and a move towards the more structured approach to learning of the National Curriculum begins to take place. By the end of the Reception year most children will have completed the Early Learning goals and as their timetable has become more structured, they will make the transition into Year 1 with no difficulty.

Year 1 and Year 2

Years 1 and 2 broadly follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 with the addition of French and Music taught by specialist teachers. There is a daily lesson of English and Mathematics, the content of which takes into account the National Primary Framework. Lessons involve a focused teaching session for the whole class followed by tasks which are differentiated according to pupils’ abilities.
Outside the areas of English and Mathematics, much of the children’s learning in Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Positive Living, and Religious Studies is through half-termly topics. Digital Learning is taught in both years by the Director of Digital Learning working with the class teachers. Year 2 are able to use the additional facilities of the Main School for some units of Design Technology lessons. Both classes have their own space for outdoor learning.

Teachers in Calvi House ensure that pupils make a smooth transition to the Main School by regularly meeting with the Junior Department to discuss curricular issues. In addition Year 2 pupils sometimes participate in joint activities with Year 3.