Learning through play
We create learning experiences around the girls: we support individual interests from a young age by listening to our girls and working with our parents to find out what interests them. Girls have time to be engrossed and to complete activities without having an overly restrictive curriculum.
Girls learning through child-led activities
Problem-solving, creativity and role-play make up much of the day. Skill development is learned through play with literacy and numeracy developed and extended creatively, through ‘real’ and imaginary experiences in our ‘castle’, the ‘home corner’, and ‘doctor’s surgery’.
Girls thrive on fresh air and are stimulated by their natural surroundings. The Nursery outdoor learning, with its practical hands-on approach to discovery in the outdoor environment, is a vital component of our curriculum. Girls have plenty of outdoor space for imaginative role-play, adventure play and environmental learning. They can play in trees, plant vegetables and learn by exploring the world, which they inhabit. These experiences provide an outdoor extension to what is learned inside.
“From Nursery to Sixth Form, the quality of the girls’ achievements in academic and extra curricular activities is excellent. The girls personal development is excellent and a real strength of the school. The planning of the curriculum is excellent and suitable for all ages and abilities. In the Nursery, an excellent educational programme fully suits the girls’ various needs.” Independent School Inspectorate report, October 2014.
We are proud of our emphasis on the core subjects as we believe it is important for the girls to feel confident in English, mathematics and science. Prep girls achieve academic success (including scholarships) in 11+ examinations. The girls are taught by highly qualified and professional subject specialists from as early as Year 1 and their progress is monitored to ensure they are all achieving their potential. We use IT, trips and visiting speakers to support our teaching and we enjoy whole school projects such as commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta through visits, workshops and the whole school making and glazing barons or celebrating the Queen’s long reign by visiting Windsor Castle and making castles.
In the summer term, Year 6 girls follow a revised timetable to enable them to complete the Prep Elizabeth Godolphin Award. This programme is designed to ensure that the girls have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications in a number of areas to smooth their transition to the Senior School.
For further information about the Autumn Curriculum 2017 by year group, please select the following links: