Curriculum & Trips
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and shadow the National Curriculum, and both these frameworks are considerably enhanced in the classroom with the teachers adding depth and breadth.
Our Early Years Curriculum closely mirrors the children's interests with literacy, numeracy and science skills actively developed from an early age. Every half term, or term focuses on a 'Topic' which allows for cross-curricular links.
We believe in the importance of creative expression – step into our Highleigh building and you will see that the Pre-Prep have a very strong creative pulse. Arts projects are adventurous and collaborative, and the children thrive on the imagination and industry that goes into the wonderful work they produce.
Music is the thread that weaves through the fabric of our school, and our youngest pupils benefit from class music lessons with the Director of Music. By Year 2, most children are playing an instrument of choice and are beginning to perform in an orchestra.
We also believe that teaching children the basic skills of sports from an early age will help prepare them for a healthy active lifestyle and show them how enjoyable and varied sports can be. All our children take part in the annual Sports Day and there are many opportunities where sporting team-work comes to the fore.
Out & About
Our Pre-Prep children enjoy so many outings as part of their educational experience here at The Prebendal. All the year groups take part in the Christmas play each year and a plethora of outings enhance their learning. You can also see from our Twitter feed that visits to Chichester and further afield are enjoyed by all our younger children who take great delight in experiencing new things.
Our Beach School status has added a further dimension to our Pre-Prep Department and the very enjoyment of learning in an outside classroom by the sea is a joy to experience for all.