Early Years

Childhood is precious. At Prince's Gardens Preparatory School our Early Years team value every moment.

By combining the latest teaching methods with first class facilities and resources, each child is encouraged to achieve their full potential in all areas of school life.

Pupils are nurtured as they develop core academic skills, personal qualities and attitudes for life.

The curriculum incorporates communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, physical development, Mathematics, Literacy, expressive arts and understanding the world.

Dedicated timetabled lessons

From as early as Nursery, our pupils have dedicated timetabled lessons with specialist PE and music staff, and from Year 2 onwards, Art and Drama. Mandarin and Spanish are offered in Nursery, an invaluable cultural opportunity that the children enjoy.

Years 1 to 6

At the heart of our preparatory school is a broad and exciting curriculum.

At Prince's Gardens, we believe in helping children achieve their personal best.

This is accomplished through excellent and motivated teaching and the promotion of learning skills that encourage pupils to be active, reflective and self-directed, as appropriate for their age and stage. The school is split between the Lower School, Years 1 - 3, and the Upper School, Years 4 - 6.

All year groups have lessons in English, Mathematics, Computing, PSHEE and the humanities which are taught as three subjects: History, Geography and RE.

Additionally, children receive specialist teaching in art, drama, music, PE, Spanish, Mandarin and Science with opportunities to show their talents at a variety of events in Music, Art, Drama and Sports.
Confidence is built through participation in class and music assemblies, school productions, concerts, ensembles, team events and competitions.

In Years 5 and 6, the children have further specialist teaching in Mathematics, English and the humanities, as they build towards the 11+ assessment process.

11+ preparation

The school's curriculum ensures rigorous preparation for 11+ entrance exams and assessments and the next stage of education.

From Year 4, this includes timetabled lessons in verbal and non-verbal reasoning and current affairs and from Year 6, critical thinking, interview practice and a scholarship seminar programme.

Whole school assessment and exam weeks are held in the autumn and summer terms.

Year 6 pupils have weekly exam practice in preparation for their senior school entrance tests.

The Headmistress meets regularly with parents to help guide them on choosing the senior school where their child will flourish and holds an annual 11+ information evening.

The school has a dynamic and varied post 11+ programme which takes place after senior school entrance exams have finished.

The activities widen the children's horizons and prepare them for the next phase of their education. This includes the development of life skills such as:

  • First aid
  • Sports leadership
  • Touch typing
  • Community service with Age UK
  • The Westminster Citizenship programme
  • The promotion of entrepreneurship with the amazing Young Enterprise
  • Primary 'Fiver Challenge' small business project

The schedule also includes a careers day to encourage high aspirations and visits to a wealth of cultural venues and exhibitions.

Digital learning

Digital learning and technology is an important part of our curriculum.

It is our responsibility to see it as an extension of our pencil case and integrated into daily learning.

Technology has become a fundamental part of our education, not only allowing us to deliver great teaching and learning but as a platform for collaboration and productivity. We have witnessed first-hand the positive impact it can have, putting students at the heart of their learning by increasing engagement, developing intrinsic interpersonal skills, and preparing them for the future of adult life.

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