Pre-Prep Curriculum


Reception is the year in which most parents see a dramatic change in their child. Children develop their speech, their social world, their understanding of number, their ability to read and decode and their understanding of the world. They also learn to express themselves in a creative environment. There is such a lot to do when you are only 4 and 5 years old. From a parents' perspective this is the year in which their toddler becomes a child and that transition is dealt with at Newland House with sensitivity and genuine interest in the child and their family. This is a time for exciting learning and playing. Please refer to further information on learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) below.

Year 1

Year 1 takes off at a great pace and encourages children to become a little more independent in their learning. The topics that we choose, with the help of the children, show how incidental learning can be. This year Year 1 will learn about Castles, Forces, Light, Pirates, London and the River Thames, Dinosaurs, Plants and Endangered Animals. Learning has really become great fun!In addition there is specialist music teaching throughout the school and Years One and Two are also taught PE, Music, ICT and French by specialist teachers. Pupils work at their own pace and each step is built on their previous learning experiences, thus ensuring that crucial firm foundation for the future.  

Year 2

By the time the children are in Year 2 they have firmly found their feet and are finding their confidence too. They mature into junior age children in this year and parents are often amazed by their level of thinking and questioning. This is perfect preparation for the main school and the variety that the curriculum brings.

Specialist Lessons

  • PE: The children have two sessions of PE per week and these are rotated between games, gymnastics and dance. Our specialist PE teachers teach from a set of bespoke skills, scaffolding the children's learning througout their time at the Pre-Prep.
  • Music: The children have two music lessons and a singing assembly every week. These lessons include dance and movement, singing and action songs using untuned percussion instruments.
  • French: Once a week the children are introduced to French through songs, rhymes and games.
  • ICT: The children in Years 1 and 2 use the ICT Suite at the Prep School and are taught from a set of bespoke skills.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

This information is taken from Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage – Department for Education.

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of their Reception Year.
  • It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning.

 The EYFS is based on the following four themes:

  • A unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

  • Playing and exploring: engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being ‘willing to have a go’

  • Active learning: motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

  • Creating and thinking critically: thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things

Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development. All the areas are connected to one another and are equally important.

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development –making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour
  2. Physical Development: moving and handling and health and self-care
  3. Communication and Language: Listening and attention, understanding and speaking
  4. Literacy: reading and writing
  5. Mathematics: numbers and shape, space and measure
  6. Understanding the World: people and communities, the world and technology
  7. Expressive Arts and Design: exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative

Communication Between Home and School

We keep a profile book of your child’s development in Reception and communication maybe through the reading record book, by phone, email or in person. We have a very open door policy at the Pre-Prep and expect parents to share any relevant information with us and vice versa.