School Structure

Pre-Prep: Calvi House – Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2

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 Communication and Language, Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,  Understanding the World and 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.

Years 1 and 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.

Lower School – Years 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4 the children are taught by their class teacher for Science, History, Geography, Positive Living and Religious Studies. The children are taught in sets for English and Maths in order to cater for their individual learning needs. Specialist teachers teach French, Digital Learning, Design Technology, Music, Drama, PE and Art. PE and Games take place three times a week with matches most Thursday afternoons and occasional Saturday mornings.

Year 4 produce a play through their Drama lessons and many pupils take part in musical concerts throughout the year. The children are able to take part in the many after-school activities on offer.

The Lower School praises and encourages positive attitudes to living, learning and leading with our 3 PL awards and celebrates weekly their achievements in one of our assemblies.

Middle School – Years 5 and 6

In Years 5 and 6 teaching is by subject specialists in all subjects. Latin and Spanish are introduced in Year 6. There is additional support in Maths and English for those who would benefit from it.  Setting is extended to include French and Science. Preparation for senior school pre-testing in Maths and English is structured effectively to allow pupils to show their potential to the senior schools. Art, Latin or Spanish, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Digital Learning, Maths, French, Music, PE, Positive Living, Religious Studies and Science make up the taught curriculum.

Games take place on three afternoons, with matches on Wednesday afternoons, and some Saturday mornings. A varied co-curricular programme takes place on Thursday afternoons.

Upper School – Years 7 and 8

Specialist teaching takes place in all the subject areas, continuing from Year 6 and building to Common Entrance (CE) and Scholarship examinations. Additional Maths and English in Year 8 will be taught to those children for whom Latin or Spanish might be unsuitable. Games take place on three afternoons, and Wednesday and Saturday matches are a regular feature. Co-curricular activities take place on Thursday afternoons.

Some children will be prepared for senior school Scholarship exams from the start of Year 7 while the majority work towards Common Entrance which is taken in June of Year 8.