Our Pre-Prep School runs from Reception to Year 3.
Find out more about our Pre-Prep academic information by school year.
Whilst our Nursery children move naturally and seamlessly to one of our two Reception classes, we always welcome a number of new children starting in our Reception. Class sizes average 16 with one teacher and a full time teaching assistant to support. The two adjacent classrooms are well resourced and have direct access to their own outdoor play area.
Those who join our Nursery and Reception classes benefit from broad and enriching experiences related to the world around them. Their busy ‘hands-on’ days are filled with learning activities, outings and visiting experts, together with the all-important opportunities for play and developing friendships. The foundations for literacy and numeracy are laid and creativity is encouraged.
The curriculum for the under 5s centres around the seven areas of learning. These are made up of three prime areas which are communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development and the four specific areas: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design. The well-planned activities covering all these areas ensure that pupils make very good progress in a happy well-balanced way. We continue to use ‘Tapestry’, an online learning journal which is shared with parents.
Reception children can also enjoy specific music and dance lessons and are introduced to Spanish. As the year progresses they may participate in some after school clubs such as cooking and ‘mouse’ club for computer skills. All the children perform in a play in December and participate in a class assembly. Other delights include inviting Mums and Dads to tea on special days and joining in whole school events such as Sports Day.
As the children leave the Foundation Stage and enter Year 1, we seek to develop independent thinking by questioning and challenging their widening curiosity. Most children will make rapid progress in basic skills and relish the opportunity to increase their educational experience. This curriculum allows children to concentrate on the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics. They also begin to deepen their knowledge of Science, Art, Spanish, Design Technology, Music and Drama, together with Humanities. Computing takes a more established role in the timetable with regular use of the interactive whiteboard.
The school day may also include other opportunities: ballet, tap, modern dance, recorder and piano are all offered as optional extras. Clubs and activities enhance this provision: cooking, percussion and Zumba to name but a few.
In Year Two, now in the upstairs area of the School, most children have developed into confident learners. They experience a broad and balanced curriculum, their questioning and independent opportunities for learning are now more established within each subject area. Computing now takes a greater role in their bank of resources, gradually being introduced with mini-laptops into the classroom setting. The key curriculum subjects of Literacy and Mathematics remain the focus and children are grouped according to ability. Sport becomes more formal with tag rugby, football and cricket being introduced to the boys and netball, hockey and rounders for the girls.
New clubs are available, including Art club, Mouse Club (focusing on keyboard skills in the Ada Lovelace Suite) Choir and Tennis.
In Year 3, the final year of the Pre-Prep, our children enjoy their first taste of whole school responsibility. Each child chooses a role: class leader, school council or librarian which they hold for a term. Academically some lessons require more written responses, but the emphasis remains firmly on engaging and developing the individual. Laptops are increasingly used within the classroom, as well as in the computing suite, and children are encouraged to ask and answer questions, being stimulated individually with academic lessons, specialist subject teachers and trips and visitors. They play their first matches against local independent schools involving all the children in a positive and supportive setting.
The clubs and activities widen to include archery, chess, cookery and on the sporting front, football and running. Our Year 3 cohort are now ready for their transition to the Prep school and in line with the Pre-Prep aim, they have 'a strong academic grounding and a clear understanding of what is right.'
Wellingborough School has a well-established Learning Development team, led by Mrs Samantha Bell and Mrs Sharon Lawson. We are based in excellent accommodation at the heart of the School, operating across the family of schools from Nursery to the Upper Sixth.
Therefore, our aim is to support pupils who experience difficulties in any aspect of their learning and to help build their confidence and self-esteem, and through appropriate support, enable them to realise their full potential.
We are qualified to assess ability, attainment and learning skills, and to identify any specific learning difficulties (SpLD), which may be a barrier to learning, and to use these results to inform pupils, teachers and parents regarding appropriate support strategies to adopt at school and at home. We work closely with parents and encourage communication and the sharing of ideas through meetings in School, email and telephone contact. All pupils take part in literacy baseline testing in Years 7 and 9. Following this testing, if further assessment is needed, we contact parents and, with agreement, are able to offer further assessment to consider, as appropriate, reasonable adjustments in examinations, including extra time and use of a word-processor for assessments and public examinations.
Learning Development in the Pre-Prep School
Our Learning Development Team provide support and guidance to nurture a wide range of abilities. Pupils may receive support in the class, in small groups or on a one to one basis as required. This enables them to access the curriculum and develop the skills they need to succeed. Specialist support staff and subject teachers work together to ensure the support is targeted and specific, and Learning Development also keep parents up to date on the progress being made. In this way, additional support can enable the further development of key skills including spelling, reading, numeracy and study strategies; such skills are highly transferable across all areas of the curriculum.