Often Reception is the first experience of full-time school. Most of our children join Reception from our Nursery and Kindergarten so their familiarity of the environment, teachers and routines makes for an easy transition. They simply move into the classrooms next door to Kindergarten and continue to have access to the beautiful outdoor area. We do allocate a few spaces in Reception for new pupils and will invite them to a taster day before they join us.
Reception involves the children entering a more formal way of learning and their final stage of the Early Years Curriculum equipping them with skills and knowledge for Year 1.
Complementing the curriculum being delivered by the class teachers, the children receive specialist teaching for French, Music, PE/Games and ICT. As well as the school day a host of after school activities are also available for the children to take part in.
Alongside the children’s work in class, the Online Journal continues which ensures parents’ continued involvement in their child’s education.
A Reception day will start between 8.15am and 8.30am and finish at 3.15pm. In addition to the school day we offer wrap around care as follows:
In Years 1 and 2 we build on the enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning fostered in the early years. We follow the National Curriculum but teach through a creative curriculum approach. Continual assessment is made throughout the year to inform teaching and learning. In the Pre-Prep we take the best elements of traditional teaching, but we are not restricted by it. Careful planning and the use of technology encourages an imaginative approach and the children go on a ‘learning journey’. We focus on key learning in English and Mathematics to ensure that all children have the knowledge and skills to become proficient in reading, writing and mathematics.
With their class teachers, children study mathematics, English, science, geography, history, religious education and personal, social, health education. Each class benefits from a variety of outings and visitors as well as specialist teachers for French, music, PE, games, swimming and computing lessons to ensure that high standards are achieved across all curriculum areas.
The children enjoy a wide range of educational visits and visitors to enhance their learning and take part in plays and concerts, throughout the year. During circle time each week the children and their teachers take part in fun games and activities designed to increase self-awareness, awareness of others, self-esteem, co-operation, team building, trust and listening skills.
Sevenoaks Pre-Prep is a very happy place in which to work and learn; a team of dedicated and highly motivated staff which includes our Learning Support team who help individuals who have been identified as requiring additional support. As a school we are committed to professional development which ensures we maintain high standards and provide the best education for the children in our care.
Children are unique and we understand that children enjoy different aspects of school life. There is plenty of time built into the school day to play independently, to get outdoors, and to do art, drama, sport and music with specialist teachers. Outdoor learning also appeals to and suits many children and we encourage teachers and pupils to make the most of our extensive grounds and on site forest school.
A full timetable of after school clubs are also on offer including golf, football, ballet, street dance, playball, tennis, choir and gardening.
Our ethos is one of strong pastoral care, nurturing each child and supporting parents and children alike. We understand that children are individuals who mature at different times and in different ways. The Pre-Prep and Prep schools enjoy the same spacious site and share a common ethos, yet each has its own distinctive character. The children are encouraged to work and play according to our Way of Life, treating their peers and staff with the same kindness and respect that they are shown.