Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are based in our spectacular, award-winning Pre-Prep Rowan building. There are three classrooms for each year group. The children have access to our Rowan Hall, the Pre-Prep Library, a music room and Matron’s Medical base. This building is always a hive of activity.
The children are taught by qualified and experienced teachers and supported by highly trained teaching assistants. The children study literacy and numeracy, together with art, science, history and geography topics. The children learn to use technology with confidence, using a range of hardware and software to achieve specific planned outcomes. Specialist teachers add their expertise to subject delivery in a variety of areas, such as music and PE with French and recorders being introduced in Year 1. Swimming lessons are taught weekly during the summer term.
The Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which recognises that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. Small class sizes ensure that every child is treated as an individual, enabling all teaching staff to pinpoint the next steps in each child's learning journey. The Reception classes have their own outdoor areas which provide a safe and stimulating environment.
The Pre-Prep Curriculum is enhanced with trips and workshops linked to topics being studied, as well as the annual Harvest, Christingle and the EYFS and Key Stage 1 plays. Parents are invited to a class assembly each term.
The Pre-Prep has its own set of ‘Golden Rules’ which promote a caring, positive and happy environment; with pupils keen to look after each other and an emphasis on emotional wellbeing. British Values are fostered though assemblies, celebrations and circle time activities in class.
Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress through parent consultations and termly target sheets and reports.
The Rowan building is surrounded by playgrounds and fields which contain a wide range of age specific climbing and play equipment. Pupils have weekly access to our Outdoor Classroom. The extended school grounds offer the opportunity for learning to take place in a range of different environments and the children benefit from being able to observe nature at its very heart.
Pre-Prep children have the opportunity to join in with a variety of extra-curricular activities. These include ballet, tap, gymnastics, tennis, football, Spanish, storytelling and musical theatre. For more information please click here
The Pre-Prep is supported by a team of volunteer parents and grandparents, known as the Spectrum Group They help with art and craft activities and gardening, thus enabling the children to access a wider curriculum.
Wrap-around care begins at 7.30am when Breakfast Club is available before school. After School Care provides a snack tea and the children can play outside (weather permitting), play inside with toys and games, or just relax and watch children’s television, as they might at home.
The Pre-Prep offers a structured and caring environment where children thrive in a warm and happy atmosphere whilst providing each child with the opportunities to develop independence, self-confidence, self-discipline and self-esteem.