The Preparatory section of the school provides a stimulating learning environment which is bright, colourful and well-resourced. It offers structured opportunities for academic, physical and social development, whilst encouraging children to become independent and take responsibility for their own learning. The children benefit from being taught in classes where they are supported by teachers who are experienced in delivering the British National Curriculum. Throughout the Preparatory School children are taught a full range of subjects, including Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, Geography and Citizenship. In addition, they receive specialist lessons in French, Kiswahili, Music, Physical Education, Art and ICT.
Literacy, Numeracy and Science are core subjects within the British National Curriculum. We consider a good command of the English language to be central to the whole process of education, communication and future examination success. The teaching of phonics and reading has a high priority and the daily literacy hour for all classes provides opportunities to develop language through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The numeracy hour encourages all pupils to understand the relevance of Mathematics to everyday life. Practical investigation and process of enquiry promote Mathematics as a useful tool in a wide range of activities. Mental agility with numbers is encouraged and a solid foundation is laid for this subject, which will remain significant throughout their school career.
Science is also central to the curriculum and we aim to build on pupils’ natural curiosity about the world around them. They are encouraged to find out about themselves and investigate how things in our everyday life work. They begin to develop scientific skills and understanding, which they will go on to use in the Secondary School.
During the first few years in the school children build on basic skills. It is still important for pupils to have the opportunity to 'play' and careful planning ensures that they are provided with stimulating practical activities, which lay the foundations of key concepts and social skills.
Children enter Junior Prep when they commence Year Two, and lessons become less 'play' orientated. Over the next few years their work becomes more complex, with Senior Prep classes commencing in Year Seven. They increasingly take on more responsibility, and are expected to set an example for the younger children. In their final year some students are selected as Senior Prep School Leaders and House Captains. The transition from Prep School to Secondary School is marked by a major examination at the conclusion of Year Eight.