The focus for maths is having fun with numbers and exploring maths through objects and pictures. As children progress the emphasis moves towards mastering the building blocks of this incredible subject.
The Pre-Prep welcomes children at 4+ including children from our own Nursery. Reception and Year 1 is situated in the undercroft at St Luke’s Church and Year 2 is at 47 Redcliffe Gardens.
Our Reception focuses on inspiring:
Class sizes are small and each class has a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant who work together to deliver a carefully structured Early Years Curriculum. Days are filled with a huge range of opportunities to enjoy learning, from reading and writing to art and painting to exploring the world around us. Subject specialists teach PE and Music. All Reception children enjoy their weekly visits to the well-stocked library. Children also start to develop important social skills, form friendships and work in small groups.
Maths, English and Science are the core curriculum areas at this stage but pupils continue to enjoy a broad range of subjects and French is introduced.
Children are taught to read using a number of different strategies including phonics and read individually to the teacher and teaching assistant every week. They are encouraged to write imaginatively and accurately and to speak with confidence and fluency in class. Children visit the library every week and World Book Day is one of the highlights of the school calendar.
Art and Design
Computing and Coding
Computing is taught from Reception (Understanding the World: Technology) and the skills learned in these lessons are used across the curriculum. The cross-curricular use of laptops and iPads requires pupil IT skill, knowledge and safety awareness. The Online Safety policy is shared with parents at information events and practised rigorously in school. Coding is taught from Reception and Year 1 in the form of Bee-Bots. In Year 2 a progressive programme of coding is introduced whereby pupils are taught how to code using Sphero. There is one weekly session per year group, alternating half-termly between Coding and Computing skills, with subject specialist teaching in Year 2 to Year 6.
The children now begin to learn rhythmic notation and to understand pitch using solfege, building on the work they have done in their EYFS years. They create accompaniments and soundscapes with percussion instruments to action songs, rhymes, poems and pictures. Songs are more challenging, with a wider range of notes and more complex rhythms. Folk dance is introduced to foster a sense of musical phrase, recognition of patterns and to have fun! The children perform every year in a musical suitable to their age, with speaking parts for all and opportunities for some solo singing.
Movement and Gymnastics, PE and Sport are taught by subject specialists from the EYFS (Physical Development) through to Year 6. The curriculum is supported by a wide range of clubs, matches, etc catering for pupils of all abilities and providing all children with an element of daily physical activity. Pupils are given the opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of fitness and health, including diet, as well as developing physical control and co-ordination, their tactical skills and imaginative responses and to help them self-evaluate their own performance.
PSHEE (Personal, Social and Health and Emotional Education) helps boys and girls to develop positive relationships with their classmates and friends. We focus on our Redcliffe values such as kindness, perseverance and courage so that pupils become kind, compassionate, curious and mature listeners, thinkers and speakers.