Academic

Prince’s Mead is an academic school that prides itself on the breadth and depth of its curriculum, the excellence of its teaching staff and its clear focus on equipping pupils with the skills to become life-long independent learners.

All our academic staff are subject specialists, and all are committed to providing well-paced and stimulating lessons that not only cover the appropriate syllabuses but which also inspire a genuine spirit of enquiry. Our outstanding record in 11+ examination success is important but fostering the life of the mind is perhaps even more valuable.

We have also developed an outstanding Learning Support Department whereby all pupils who are deemed to need help and support from the team have sessions to ensure their particular difficulties are addressed.

Every teacher is passionate about what they teach, fostering a love of learning in the children.

Pre-Prep Overview

In Key Stage 1, subjects are taught primarily by the form teacher.  However, specialists take the classes for sport, ICT, music and Modern Foreign Languages.  This continues in Key Stage 2 for Years 3 and 4.  In Years 5 and 6, the children are also taught by specialists for English, mathematics and science, in order to prepare them for entrance examinations to senior school.  The children are placed in ability sets for English and Mathematics.

Throughout the Pre-Prep, our staff are highly qualified and dedicated professionals who have an excellent understanding of how to foster a love of learning in young children and thrive within an educational environment. Each class has an experienced classroom teacher supported by a teaching assistant.

Our emphasis is on practical work; we provide:

  • Activities that promote ‘hands on’ learning that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion, such as making our ice structures, planting and caring for seeds in the best environment and investigating light and shadows.
  • An environment with a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors that will stimulate their own interest and curiosity, including Gray’s Wood, especially in our well-resourced classrooms and outdoor areas where the children can independently access resources.
  • Opportunities that help children to become aware, to explore and question issues of differences in gender, ethnicity, language, religion and culture and of special educational needs and disability issues through learning about senses, festivals and celebrations.

Children acquire a range of skills, knowledge and attitudes whilst fully communicating their thoughts, ideas and feelings with adults and each other.

In Reception the children learn within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage with emphasis placed on ‘Communication and Language’, ‘Physical Development’, ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development,’ ‘Literacy and Mathematics,’ ‘Understanding of the World,’ and ‘Expressive Arts and Design.’   The pupils’ experience is complemented further by specialist teaching in Art, Italian, Music and Physical Education (including swimming).

In Years 1 and 2 we maintain the expectations of the National Curriculum, whilst also providing a broad curriculum that offers children the opportunity to develop interests in a wide variety of subjects.

All pupils in our Pre-Prep are encouraged to develop individual interests, explore, ask questions and have ownership of their learning journey in order to provide them with every opportunity to reach their potential. Our overall aim is to build each child’s self-esteem, confidence and independence to ensure they have the best possible start at Prince’s Mead.

 

Miss Abbey Fecher, BA Hons – Head of Pre-Prep

Prep Overview

At Prince’s Mead we offer a broad and balanced curriculum.  The children are taught to the highest possible standard.  Every teacher is passionate about what they teach, fostering a love of learning in the children.

In Key Stage 1, subjects are taught primarily by the form teacher.  However, specialists take the classes for sport, ICT, music and Modern Foreign Languages.  This continues in Key Stage 2 for Years 3 and 4.  In Years 5 and 6, the children are also taught by specialists for English, mathematics and science, in order to prepare them for entrance examinations to senior school.  The children are placed in ability sets for English and mathematics.

Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to develop new skills and hobbies during Carousel. Many different teachers are involved in the implementation of this programme; there is something for everyone – indoor and outdoor activities, IT, Musical, Creative and Academic as well as the inevitable sporting options.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the teachers to share their hobbies with the children and also for the pupils to acquire skills and interests in areas which are not included in the traditional school curriculum.

In addition to this, Year 6 follow the Enterprise initiative, where they are put into teams and have to create a product to sell at the Year 6 Fayre.  This develops vitals skills for learning, life and work, as well as being able to work as part of a team.