Children join the Prep School at the age of 7+, moving into Year 3 from our Pre-Prep. They are joined by a further 20 pupils from local schools who have secured places following our 7+ Assessment which is held annually each January. Please note that the Year 3 entry point via 7+ Assessment will be phased out after 2018 when we have completed three form entry across all Year groups following completion of the Pre-Prep development.
We take great care to ensure that the transition is both seamless and happy. The three classes are based in a purpose built classroom wing solely for the use of Year 3 children with a cloakroom, toilets and library, which allows children to settle quickly and confidently into their new routines. We promote a caring attitude towards one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and equal opportunities for all. Our aim is to develop a love of learning and a focused approach to allow each child to reach their potential, encourage curiosity and perseverance, and greater independence in their learning.
Seven year olds are curious. They want to know Why? What? How? They understand the concept of time and space, and that nature has a purpose. Their memory is increasing and abstract thinking is beginning. Verbal understanding increases and they can communicate their own thoughts more objectively. Skill levels expand to include endurance, agility, concentration, coordination and movement. Their stronger ability to coordinate hands and eyes can lead to more interest in drawing and printing.
A bespoke curriculum derived from the National Curriculum and the Independent Curriculum is the focus for pupils in Year 3. Children are taught in mixed ability classes, mostly in their own classroom, which provides security and begins their transition to becoming independent learners. At Newland House, the emphasis on learning being fun, experiential and relevant to the children's world is continued from the Pre-Prep, and there is increased focus on independent learning. The key skills of discovery, application and communication are developed throughout all subject areas. The curriculum provides opportunities for children to practise problem solving and for collaborative learning, where they can listen to each other’s points of view, facilitate learning and provide ideas for further discoveries.
Our broad based curriculum encompasses the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science; Humanities, Religious Studies and PSHCE, which are all taught by their class teachers who oversee the pastoral care of pupils in their class. Subject specialists teach Music, Art, Drama, French, PE, Games, Swimming, Computing and Design Technology. Activities include school-based workshops for example, Anglo Saxon visitors, concerts and field trips related to areas of study to stimulate interest, and encourage research and group discussion. Extra-Curricular clubs include Chess Choir, Drawing and Swimming.
Children's progress is monitored and tracked throughout their time at Newland House, and a Teaching Assistant and the Learning Support Co-ordinator, provide classroom support, where necessary. In May, the children are tested in English, Mathematics and Science. The Humanities subjects are assessed through skill-based assessments throughout the year.