Years 3 to 6
In Years 3 to 6, the supportive environment your daughter is accustomed to remains the same whilst the curriculum broadens. The girls thoroughly enjoy being challenged to learn new skills and to be more independent in their learning. In addition to Maths and English, both of which offer extension and support opportunities, your daughter will study Science, ICT, History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHE and Citizenship and French. These may be taught by their form teacher or by a subject specialist and many opportunities are given to extend the girls' learning with visits and workshops as appropriate. Girls are also encouraged to develop their skills by taking part in challenging national competitions such as the Junior Maths Challenge and the English Speaking Board exams. Each class also has a weekly session in the well-stocked and thriving library.
Science and ICT are a focus in Prep. Lessons held in the Prep lab are enjoyed by girls in Year 4 upwards where girls are encouraged to enter the National Science and Engineering Week competition and good links are forged with Senior School girls who regularly take assemblies in Prep based on Science topics. Classrooms contain specialist interactive whiteboards and the girls are encouraged to develop their ICT skills by putting them into practice across many areas of the curriculum. There are two fully equipped ICT suites available and computers at the library too.
Music is taught by specialist teachers in the Music School and the girls are given numerous opportunities to perform to their peers and parents. This includes the Carol Service, class assemblies, Tea Time Concerts for Years 3 to 6, Whole School Concerts, Summer Concert and the Year 6 Production. There are also some opportunities to collaborate in projects with the Senior School.
Pupils participate in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship lessons which provide them with the opportunity to explore a range of key issues and to develop new skills which will enable them to develop as individuals and flourish as learners.
One of the benefits of being a 'through school' is that girls have access to facilities and specialist teacher expertise not found in stand-alone Prep Schools. Our multi-use performance space The Octagon, the Music School and our on-site swimming pool are good examples.
The development of leadership skills is actively encouraged during their time here all girls have the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility at an early age.