“The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.” (ISI Report, 2014)
Confidence, determination and concentration are vital and underpin each child’s academic success. However, these qualities and skills need to be nurtured with great skill and care.
As children begin their formal schooling, it is essential to appreciate that each child will follow a unique path. We pay close attention to ensuring that all children develop solid foundations in English and Maths. Our children benefit from small class sizes, superb teaching and specialist support, so every child receives a unique level of challenge and support.
Our children receive specialist teaching for Music, Computing, Wellbeing and, from Year 1, French, as well.
In Reception the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed, with a strong emphasis on developing effective foundations in numeracy and literacy.
Phonics and reading skills are developed through the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ materials. Pre-Prep children work in small groups to receive targeted teaching and support based on individual levels of progress.
Maths is delivered using the ‘Maths – No Problem!’ mastery approach. Wellington Prep School is the only accredited independent school in the country to use these materials.
There is no such thing as the ‘average’ child and during their time in formal education, some children may benefit from additional specialist support. As well as tracking each child’s attainment and progress with great care, we also screen for specific difficulties such as Dyslexia, which we can then support and address positively with the experience and expertise of our Prep School Learning Success Department.
The completion of homework plays an important part in our School’s curriculum. Regular homework:
- Encourages independent study and self-motivation
- Helps pupils to organise themselves and meet deadlines.
- Develops perseverance and self-discipline
- Allows opportunities for extra-practice and independent research
- Promotes a partnership between home and school in supporting each child’s learning.
At this age and stage, the expectations are:
Daily reading, keywords and phonics
Daily reading, weekly spellings and phonics and simple maths tasks in the Summer term
Daily reading, times tables, maths and weekly spellings
In teaching children to read and to develop a love of books, we aim to meet the National Curriculum objectives for each year group and, where appropriate, extend beyond national expectations.
Children are given opportunities to study a wide range of good quality, interesting fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of genres. They have the opportunity to read ‘real’ books and newspapers, big books, posters, ICT based texts on computers/iPads and interactive whiteboards, banded guided reading materials and the School’s reading schemes. In addition, children have regular access to our school library.
Opportunities for teaching and developing reading skills include shared reading, guided reading, independent reading time, story time and library time. Reading is encouraged at home on a daily basis and reading diaries are provided for recording and tracking this.