From the ages of 4 to 7 years old pupils are based in the Pre-Preparatory department. This department comprises of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. As to be expected a sizeable proportion of the children join the Pre-Prep from our own Nursery but it is now just as common for children to join us from other nurseries in the surrounding area.
The Pre-Preparatory is based on the main school site in a purpose-built classroom block that provides a fantastic and stimulating learning experience. The classrooms are spacious and well equipped with a wide range of learning materials available to challenge the children. In addition the children are also able to make use of all the facilities of the main school.
Throughout the Pre-Prep class sizes are small and each has a well-qualified and experienced classroom teacher supported by classroom assistants where appropriate.
In Reception the children continue to learn within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage programme with great importance being placed on literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills.
In Years 1 and 2 the classroom teacher is responsible for implementing the curriculum. Whilst maintaining the expectations of the national curriculum, the Daneshill curriculum is able to offer so much more particularly in respect of what we would regard as real education. Traditional values form the basis of a learning experience that engenders an enthusiasm for knowledge and encourages hard work as a means to academic success. Year 2 is also the first stage at which pupils are introduced to modern languages.
This well rounded curriculum is further complemented by specialist teaching in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education.
The school day for the Pre-Prep department starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. In addition there is a wealth of after-school activities on offer and a daily crèche facility.
The key aim for the Pre-Preparatory department is to build each child’s self-esteem, confidence and independence to ensure they have the perfect start to their formative years.