Key Stage 2

All the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects continue to be taught.

The girls thoroughly enjoy being challenged to learn new skills and knowledge and to be more independent in their learning. Classes in English and Mathematics offer extension and support opportunities. 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.

Girls have lessons each week in 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.

There are specialist ICT and science facilities within the Department. Classrooms contain Interactive whiteboards and the girls are encouraged to use their developing ICT skills across many areas of the curriculum. There are two fully equipped ICT suites available and computers at the library too. Girls from Year 4 have their Science lessons in the Prep Lab and are also encouraged to enter the National Science and Engineering Week competition. Good links are forged with Senior School girls who regularly take assemblies in Prep based on Science topics. Prep girls are also made fully aware of environmental issues by our Eco Reps.

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 Preparatory School Carol Service, class assemblies, Tea Time Concerts for Years 3 to 6, Whole School Concerts, Prep Summer Concert and the Year 6 Production. There are also some opportunities to collaborate in projects with the Senior School.

In the Prep School girls are introduced, from a very early age, to a wide variety of art, craft and design techniques.