Year 1 to Year 6
The curriculum is broad and challenging and is designed to engage and enthuse our pupils, instilling in them a desire to learn. For pupils in Year 1 to Year 6, our academic curriculum includes English, Maths, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Religious Education, PSHE, Music and PE. French is taught throughout the Pre-Preps and Spanish and German are introduced as additional languages in the Preps.
We broadly follow the National Curriculum but with the benefit of specialist teaching we are able to go beyond the minimum requirements and introduce some topics earlier and cover others in more depth. Subjects are managed by specialist Heads of Department who, with our well qualified and talented staff, are committed to providing an excellent standard of teaching which ensures consistent academic success. We adopt an imaginative and flexible approach so that individual children are given the opportunity to develop their own strengths and passions in particular areas.
Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes for most subjects throughout the School, although there is provision for small ability group teaching in some subjects and setting for Maths from Year 3 onwards.
Pupils’ progress is monitored closely, with informal and formal assessment taking place throughout the year. Teaching staff liaise closely with each other and with the Learning Support Team to ensure that each child is able to access the curriculum effectively.
Throughout the year there are opportunities for extension of particular subjects through musical events and performances, drama productions, dance shows, fixtures and sports days. A whole school cross-curricular week allows a particular theme, for example South America, to be explored in depth.
Learning is also enhanced through an extensive programme of school trips to museums, galleries, environmental study centres and theatres in London and further afield. A residential trips programme commences in Year 4, introducing children to outdoor adventurous activities and offering opportunities for team building as well as greater independence.
Homework for our youngest pupils concentrates on developing reading skills and an understanding of number and gradually develops into regular daily written homework in English, Maths or Science from Year 3 onwards. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child’s learning. There are Parents Evenings in the Autumn and Spring Terms, grades are given to Prep pupils at the end of the Autumn Term and written reports are given to parents of all pupils towards the end of the school year.