EXTRA-CURRICULAR, CLUBS & TRIPS
In Year 3, pupils have an hour of French a week where all four skills are used: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Their personal laptops act as a mini language lab, allowing children to do interactive listening activities, using headphones, which they can complete at their own pace. From Year 4, they start learning Spanish. The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) lessons alternate each half term between French and Spanish The children use their knowledge of French in Spanish. In their MFL lessons they will develop their oral comprehension skills and learn about grammar and written French. In Prep MFL lessons are taught in the Discovery Lab making use of the green screen to act out role plays, at the café, doctors, shop etc showing the children that we learn language for a real purpose.
Years 3-6 are taught Music once a week by the Director of Music. In singing, pupils develop their expression and awareness of phrases and try out singing in parts. Pupils also look at how composers employ the musical elements and recreate these effects, contributing their own ideas. In instrumental work, they further develop their understanding and application of music notation and rhythms when learning to play the recorder and other instruments. Pupils can join the choir and various music ensembles, with plenty of opportunities to perform throughout the year. There are also visiting peripatetic teachers to give individual lessons in a variety of instruments, singing and drama.
In addition to a one-hour PE and one-hour Games lesson, pupils in Prep have weekly Games/fixtures afternoons, where they have the opportunity to compete against other independent schools. We openly encourage girls and boys to choose the sport that they are passionate about, whether it be netball or football, hockey or rugby and they compete as mixed teams. We have a strong sporting record of achievement at ISA regional and national level, with pupils representing the school in a range of sports.
Prep pupils have one Art lesson a week with the specialist Art teacher. They will build on their knowledge and skills in the elements of art such as line, symmetry and form, study different forms of Art such as architecture, embroidery and needlework and look at country specific. They will have the opportunity to study well known pieces and gain familiarity with famous artists. At the end of each unit the pupils will put this learning into practise in either 2D or 3D form.
Science specialist teaching starts in Year 3 in our dedicated Science Lab. Chemistry, Biology and Physics are all covered in topics such as Cycles in Nature, Simple Machines, The Human Body, Light and Optics, Matter and Change. The fully equipped Science lab enables practical experiments within lessons which bring to life the theory studied.