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Pre-Prep School2019-01-05T19:44:20+00:00

BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONS

The early years are a crucial part in a child’s development as they embark on their exciting journey through school life. In Pre-Prep, we recognise that every child has their own needs and our small class sizes help to provide the best possible support as they start to build foundations for a successful future. Our loving, family-orientated approach allows children to flourish both emotionally and socially, in a safe and secure environment.

HAPPY AND CONFIDENT

Our priority is to ensure our children are happy and we focus on giving them the confidence to develop learning skills. Much of this is achieved through ‘creative play’, though we do introduce a little more structure and formality as the children move towards Year 1.

Purposeful Learning

Learning in the Pre- Prep department is fun, active, engaging and purposeful. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and we are able to develop individual learning interests further, due to our small class sizes and ratios of staff to children.

We understand that the structure of the school day can sometimes be daunting for young children; we have strategies in place to help them along every step of the way.

CURRICULUM

A phonetic approach is taken in teaching our children to read and write. A wide range of imaginative and interesting reading material supports this crucial stage in their learning.

Counting, arithmetic and problems solving skills are introduced and progressed.

Opportunities are provided to encourage and help our children to better express themselves.

Timetabled PE activities and PSHE education encourage the children to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They are helped to understand
how to respect others, develop self awareness, the importance of appropriate behaviour, taking care of themselves and making healthy choices.

In Geography, the children discover the world around them and gain a sense of the wider world. In History, the children are introduced to significant events that have shaped the world.

Timetabled PE activities and PSHE education encourage the children to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. They are helped to understand
how to respect others, develop self awareness, the importance of appropriate behaviour, taking care of themselves and making healthy choices.

Technology is without doubt a significant part of our lives. Throughout their time at Tower College, we seek to equip our children with the necessary technological skills to ensure that they are at an advantage in an ever changing IT landscape.

The sooner children are introduced to a new language the better. Regular Spanish lessons are taught in Year 1.

Scientific principles are taught through fun approaches to experimentation and evaluation. We are fortunate to have extensive and beautiful grounds to teach the about nature and the world they live in.

Art is a fundamental part of the Pre-Prep curriculum allowing the children to develop their creative skills through a wide range of activities.

The Pre-Prep RE curriculum is designed to encourage the children to develop both socially and morally. The children begin to develop an appreciation of religions with a particular focus on festivals.

Homework is regularly given but is never onerous! Our staff are very aware that children have spent a good deal of time learning in school and going home to do more can be counter-productive. Pre-Prep homework is mainly reading.

ENRICHMENT

Enrichment: Sport

Sporting enrichment allows the children to try new activities and further enhance their physical development. Activities include:

Yoga – introducing the basics and benefits of yoga delivered by a qualified yoga teacher; this is very beneficial for the physical and mental development of younger children
Football – professional coaches teach the children key football skills in the summer months
Swimming – we begin swimming lessons from Year 1
Busy Feet – an opportunity to learn dance and take part in other fun, physical development activities

Enrichment: Creative Skills

Children can develop their creative skills in the arts through activities such as:

Craft club – budding little artists can create to heart their heart’s content!
Seal Club – the little ones love playing games and story-telling in Seal Club!

We also make the best use of our beautiful surroundings to help the children discover more about nature and the world around them.

Enrichment: Social Development

We offer enrichment activities that help the children to become more self-aware and develop compassion for others, such as:

Playground Friends – the children can train to become playground friends and learn how to help and support their peers and younger children at playtimes

School Council – The children can stand for a position on the school council where they are elected by their peers to represent and put forward their views and ideas

BLUEBIRD EARLY YEARS FUNDING AVAILABLE (CLICK)

“Tower College is special because we don’t have to leave it. We don’t have to finish one class and go to another school.

Annabella

“We learn about new things everyday – I like our nature walks best.

Sophie

“We have kind and caring teachers to look after us.

Nithila

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