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Key Stage 1 - Years 1 & 2

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Key Stage 1 comprises of Years 1 and 2.  Every class has a class teacher who cares and nurtures each individual child as well as providing them with a high-quality education and exciting opportunities amongst our exceptional facilities.

Pre-Prep pupils have a busy morning, focussing on the academic subjects of English, Maths and Phonics, when pupils are full of energy and more able to concentrate.  Children are taught in mixed ability classes by enthusiastic and inspiring teachers who differentiate to meet the needs of all children within their class.  The effective use of our experienced Teaching Assistants ensures all children get individual attention.

In the afternoons, children participate in practical subjects where they can be more hands-on.  The school’s historic woods provide an undisturbed and inspiring setting for Forest School. Cooking over fires, problem solving and regular opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem outside of the classroom, ensure that pupils develop a deep sense of appreciation of the natural world and a skillset that supports their learning within the classroom.

Specialist staff teach the children for subjects across the curriculum.  From Nursery to Year 2, music is taught by Mr Birch who is passionate about developing musicality in young children.  Year 1 and 2 pupils have a weekly drama session with Mrs Arnold, who spent over 10 years in the West End appearing in shows such as Cats and Phantom of the Opera. She introduces them to self-expression and improvisation in drama and body awareness and movement in dance.  The Prep School PE staff take all pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 for two hours each week. A carousel of gymnastics, ball skills and games ensure that pupils have every opportunity to develop physical skills and coordination, as well as sowing the seed for a love of sport. Additionally, all Pre-Prep pupils receive tennis coaching in small groups throughout the year with our full-time tennis coach.


Click here to see the proposed Year 1 curriculum overview

Click here to see the proposed Year 2 curriculum overview

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