The start of our pupils’ learning journey is the Pre-Prep, for children between the ages of three and seven.
Our Pre-Prep is an English immersion, early childhood setting. This means that we celebrate a child's home language, while spending most of the day teaching in English. We thoroughly immerse children in a rich communication, language and literacy environment by means of high-quality picture books, songs, rhymes, and by planning talk-rich sessions, trips and first-hand experiences so children can share, discuss and build new vocabulary together. Our children swiftly acquire and consolidate their English, building their vocabulary in ways that are meaningful and motivate them.
Our renovated Pre-Prep covers much of the ground floor. This is ideal for young children who are growing and developing rapidly. Each classroom has direct access to the outdoor spaces which are used throughout the day as a natural extension of the classroom. Small class sizes and high adult-to-child ratios mean that getting to know our children and forming warm and positive relationships with them are central to teaching and learning.
The three prime areas of learning
Personal, social and emotional development
Forming meaningful relationships with others, both children and adults, respecting other people, developing a sense of self while belonging to a community, being able to understand and express their feelings and emotions.
Increasing independence so that children can manage and be aware of their physical needs. Gaining greater control of their bodies and movement, keeping themselves active and healthy and using equipment and materials successfully and safely.
Communication & Language
Developing confidence to express opinions and make choices, talking, listening to others, and joining in with rhymes, stories and games. Deepening their understanding of English and responding appropriately to what others have said, following instructions and asking questions to check for meaning.
The four other specific areas of learning are:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Specialist Lessons also enrich our Pre-Prep curriculum. We have an additional team of specialist teachers that teach Physical Education, Music, Art and Portuguese in our purpose-built rooms. These lessons support the learning that takes place back in the classroom.