Classroom

Pupils benefit from small class sizes, with qualified early-years teachers and support staff. We employ specialists to teach sports and exercise, music and drama to all year groups.

OUR PRIORITIES

  • To ensure that academic rigour and accelerated progress is balanced with the joy, wonder and curiosity of childhood.
  • To promote pupils’ confidence and independence as learners through child led enquiry and learning through play.
  • To develop pupils’ understanding and experience of our Pre-Prep as a reflective community through our charitable and voluntary work.

ABOUT OUR PRE-PREP CURRICULUM

We are a school that takes a creative and reflective approach to education, with a focus on how children learn, not just what they learn. Throughout their time at the Pre-Preparatory School the children develop resilience, creativity and a sense of responsibility not only as a learner but also as a member of the Highgate community and wider society.

OUR RECEPTION CURRICULUM

There are three Reception classes, each staffed by a class teacher and a qualified early-years practitioner to ensure pupils receive individual attention. We follow the Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, based around the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The three prime areas in the EYFS:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The four specific areas of learning in the EYFS:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

YEARS 1 AND 2 CURRICULUM

Our Year 1 curriculum is designed to extend our pupils academically, whilst ensuring innovation and playful learning continue to be core to the children’s experiences.

From the start of Year 1, swimming is introduced and taught by specialist teachers from our Sports and Exercise Department. Pupils can also undertake individual violin and cello lessons. In Year 2 we add chess and recorder lessons, and all pupils belong to our School Choir.

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