In Beachborough’s Pre-Prep, we aim to give children an excellent start to their education and learning adventure.
Our experienced Pre-Prep teachers deliver a curriculum which is broad, balanced and creative. It is adapted to suit individual children’s needs and interests so that they are confident, well prepared and highly motivated learners.
Our teachers create a vibrant, stimulating environment, nurturing deep, dynamic learning and enabling children to grow in confidence; but most important of all, encouraging them to love learning. Being able to reflect on their own individual progress is very important, and something we encourage right from the start. We have high expectations for our children’s behaviour. We teach them how to show empathy, to be kind, honest and considerate towards others.
We aim to challenge and inspire our pupils and equip them for the future, whatever it may hold.
All children are put into one of four ‘Big Cats’ teams, preparing them for the school club system they will join in Form III. We introduce them to the Intellectual Characteristics that will guide their education as they progress through the school. They earn points for exhibiting the characteristics and these count towards their team.
The Pre-Prep is housed in a special, purpose-built block called The Boardman, with its own outside areas and playgrounds for the children to enjoy. Reception and PP1 pupils have a designated space outside their classrooms and everyone enjoys playing in the large play area, with the climbing frame, on the front lawn.
Classes are kept small creating a caring, friendly environment where children are taught at their own individual level so they can progress at the right pace. At this age, children are very energetic and responsive and so we make sure there is a good balance between active participation and written work. Lessons are taught using a variety of methods to ensure all children are engaged in their learning and inspired. Children also spend plenty of time exploring and learning in our magical Forest School area; a place where we can teach the core curriculum using more creative approaches that complement our more traditional classroom teaching. We monitor the children’s academic progress carefully, stepping in to provide individual tuition when it is needed, and ensuring that every child is challenged in line with their ability.
In Reception, children continue to follow the national Early Years curriculum, with the addition of learning French and Music with specialist teachers. They learn to write in cursive script, which is beneficial to their writing ability across the board. They learn in small groups with lots of individual attention from their teachers, and they enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in the woods and garden, but especially in the outdoor area of their classroom which has a canopy which can even be used when it's raining.
Each term Reception classes set off on an exciting trip to a place that will help to bring the topic they are studying to life. Recent examples include The Heritage Motor Centre when they were exploring transport and the Natural History Museum in Oxford when the theme was dinosaurs. From the spring term, they can choose activities and clubs from the co-curricular programme.
Pre-Prep 1 and 2
Pre-Prep 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum Key Stage One. Although play is still an important part of a child’s development, the school day begins to follow a more structured timetable with an exciting, broad and creative curriculum. English, Maths and Science are the core subjects, alongside the Performing Arts, creative subjects, ICT, languages and Sport. Many of these are taught by the Prep School staff giving the children two years to become familiar with these teachers before they move up to Form III and the Prep School. By the time they reach the end of PP2, our pupils have built secure foundations for their future education, with the skills, motivation and determination that they need to succeed.
Children go on an exciting variety of trips in PP1 and PP2, and they have special days when they dress up as, Victorians, for example, to bring their learning to life. The focus is very much on inspiring and sparking pupils’ curiosity. Each child has a weekly 30-minute instrumental lesson where they have the chance to try out different instruments, currently, these include keyboard, recorder, violin and ukulele. This gives them the chance to have a go at different types of instruments before deciding which one they prefer. The music teachers also advise parents if they feel a child might have a particular talent for an instrument.