Pre-Prep Curriculum

The Pre-Prep day is busy and exciting!  See below for details of what the boys get up to.

Reception (Bobcats Class)

At this stage, the emphasis is on learning through play.

There is one class intake each year - the Bobcats classroom is brightly decorated with examples of the boys’ own work, and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the start to the school day.

With high staff: pupil ratios, individual needs are central to a pro-active approach from staff.  We recognise that each boy develops at his own individual pace, and explores new challenges in different ways, with varying emotional needs.  Our teachers are dedicated to helping identify those individual needs and ensuring that they are met through a supportive and caring approach.

In Reception, we follow the statutory guidance set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and in Every Child Matters, with boys working towards their Early Learning Goals before moving onto Key Stage 1.

The three Prime Areas of Learning for EYFS are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The four Specific Areas of Learning for EYFS are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In addition, boys receive specialist lessons in French, Spanish, Music, ICT and PE throughout the Pre-Prep, as well as weekly visits to Forest School.

At the end of the year, parents are invited to come and see the progress that has been made against these goals along with an appraisal of their learning styles.

Parents are encouraged to contribute throughout the year on learning and skill development to help complete a full picture of each child’s learning profile.

The boys aim to share their take home book with a grown up at home each day and work on their sound books each week.  They also take turns to make contributions to the class My World books and then share their information with the class.

Year 1 (Panthers Class)

Teaching gradually becomes more formalised with the transition to Key Stage 1

Year 1 continues with one class in the year group, and teaching continues to focus on ensuring all goals and targets are met, while at the same time keeping learning fun and interesting with work becoming more topic-based.  Boys are gradually extended in independent working and concentration levels in preparation for Year 2.

Reading, writing and mathematical skills are progressed through topic work as well as specific subject sessions, alongside daily phonics and reading sessions.  For example, boys may find themselves working on art activities as part of their History lessons.

Specialist lessons in French, Spanish, Music, ICT and PE continue, as well as weekly visits to Forest School.

The children have spelling pattern homework set each week and may also have some other Mathematics and Literacy tasks sent home as appropriate.  The boys aim to read to a grown up at home every day.  They also take turns to present items of interest in weekly Show and Tell sessions.

Year 2 (Lions and Leopards Class)

Boys are well prepared for the transition to Year 3 and Prep School

In Year 2, there is more of a distinction between subjects, but the boys will do some cross-curricular learning too.  For example, they may need to employ their learning in Statistics or use a digital camera in Geography lessons, or use word-processed information or computer generated illustrations as part of Religious Education.

There is a high level of teacher directed lessons, with a mixture of whole class learning, guided learning in groups, paired peer learning and independent learning.

Specialist lessons in French, Spanish, Music, ICT and PE continue, as well as weekly visits to Forest School.

The Lions have weekly spelling pattern, Mathematics and Literacy tasks set each week and the boys aim to read to a grown up at home each day.  They also take turns to present items of interest in weekly Show and Tell sessions.

Transition from Pre-Prep to Prep

The Pre-Prep boys are able to visit their Prep classes on New Boys Day, where they spend the whole day with the staff who will be their new teachers in Year 3.  They meet new classmates too; help them by being their classroom buddies and experience both academic and sports lessons together. 

All boys going to Year 3 have a basic assessment to ensure they will be able to progress smoothly to the Prep School, particularly in English and Mathematics, and this usually happens in the November before their transition.  Their skills in Sport, Art and Music are also taken into account. 

Forest School

Learning outside in the woods is huge fun and wonderfully stimulating

Weekly trips to a local forest help all the boys build their skills in cooperation, communication, problem solving, assessed risk taking and leadership.  The activities they pursue foster self-confidence, resilience and persistence at a task.  They are able to see the changes of the seasons and pick up some very useful life skills along the way. 

Den building, knot tying, wood cutting and whittling, fire making, fruit gathering and plant identification are just a few of them.  Having fun and pursuing child initiated activities is also very much part of the experience.

Music and Drama

Music and drama offer endless opportunities for boys to develop skills and talents that can support learning in other subject areas. 

Development of concentration levels, listening and creative skills are all encouraged through the music and drama program.

In the weekly timetabled music lessons the boys begin learning basic musical skills; how to follow a conductor; how to play percussion instruments and how to sing in unison, a round or two parts and in different styles.  They learn lyrics by heart for their Christmas Nativity (performed for the whole school and again for parents) and for their Awards Assembly (performed in front of their parents at the end of the Summer term).  The House Music Competition involves all the boys across the school and is hotly contested. 

Basic stagecraft is learnt in their preparation for the Nativity too, but the boys also get involved in Drama as part of their Literacy lessons and during special workshops arranged by the English Department.  All the boys have regular opportunities to present information to classmates in Show and Tell sessions over the course of each term.  They also prepare and present a Pre-Prep Assembly to the whole school and their parents in the Spring term (their own version of the declamations the boys do in the Prep).


Sport is an essential part of a boy’s development: as well as being enormous fun, skills for life are learnt from this early age.

Through the PE program, we promote the development of gross motor skills and co-ordination, with boys gaining in self-confidence as they gain control over their own bodies and movements.  We also teach the importance of having an active and healthy lifestyle, and the benefits of looking after ourselves physically.

All children in Pre-Prep have two PE and two to three Games sessions per week, taught by specialist sports teachers using the school’s extensive facilities (Sports Hall, Astro-turf, swimming pool etc.).  The variety of activities includes dance, gym, ball skills, swimming, football, tag rugby, Judo (Years 1 & 2), athletics, tennis and climbing (on the climbing wall in the Sports Hall), which are all part of their timetabled lessons.

The first opportunity for playing in Football and Tag Rugby fixtures is usually provided in Year 2 and the boys in all three year groups take part in House activities like Cross Country and Sports Day.

After-School Clubs

From 3.30 pm – 4.15 pm every day, there is an After School Club session available.

Boys can engage in floor games, board games, creative activities, reading, constructing with Lego and other activities and are supervised by Department staff. 

For the older boys, some sports coaching sessions are available, e.g. tennis (extra charge) or ball skills sessions, at certain times of the year.  A snack tea is provided for children taking up activities beyond 4.30 pm.


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