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 French, PE, Digital Learning, Swimming and Music lessons from specialist teachers each week. Nursery and Reception have their own secure outside learning area and also play alongside Years 1 and 2 in the main playground. Learning is a combination of teacher initiated and child led activities designed to develop basic skills. By the end of the Reception year most children will have completed the Early Learning Goals and as their term 3 timetable has become more structured, they will make the transition into Year 1 without difficulty.

Year 1 and Year 2

Years 1 and 2 broadly follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 with the addition of French, Music, Digital Learning, PE and Swimming taught by specialist teachers. There are daily lessons of English and Mathematics, the content of which takes into account the National Curriculum. 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. Year 2 are able to use the additional facilities of the Prep School for some units of Design Technology and Art lessons. Both classes have their own space for outdoor learning.

Teachers in Calvi House ensure that pupils make a smooth transition to the Prep School by regularly meeting with the Lower School Department to discuss curricular issues.