Children are housed on the outskirts of our woodland, supporting free flowing classroom and outdoor based activities. The National Curriculum forms the basis of the education on offer, however this is enhanced by an individualised approach and high expectations set by the talented teachers. We use a Mastery based approach to Mathematics and follow an individualised reading programme for children, building on their own achievements and areas for development. Teachers use the woodlands as an extension of their classrooms and classes can often be found hunting fairy tale characters, watching the fire in the Hive to form the basis of their poetry writing or experimenting with gravity!
We Pursue Excellence
Additionally, all children from Reception to Year 2, have weekly sessions taught by specialist teachers. This includes: Music, French, IT, Swimming, Games, PE, Tennis and Forest School. Throughout their learning, children are supported to deepen their understanding of our St Neot’s Learning Skills that run throughout the school. They develop key skills such as Leadership, Collaboration, Independence, Thinking and Learning and Reviewing and Improving. Children also have access to individual music lessons, tennis coaching and a wide range of clubs. Opportunities to showcase these skills are provided throughout the year through a variety of performances.
We Practice Honesty
Playtimes are full of fun and build on the roots of our school ethos, as they den build in the woods and explore in their dedicated Pre-Prep adventure playground. The children have strong links with the main school, as older pupils are keen to keep the bond with the Pre-Prep, as they reminisce on their own journey through the school. Children in Year 7 and Year 8 support school events and act as mentors for school wide projects such as our annual Fun Run and Den Building Competition.
We Create Fun
Community, a sense of belonging and holding tight onto our values as a St Neot’s family, are all embedded during this crucial stage. Children and their families are warmly welcomed to the school throughout their start in the Pre-Prep, through our Open Door ethos; which provides an excellent foundation for their schooling ahead. Children transition to Middle School with independent thinking skills, a strong foundation and a pride in their school and their own achievements.
We also offer extended hours, until 6pm, for your childcare needs.
Building on their Nursery experience, children complete their final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage in our Reception classes.
Children are encouraged to deepen their love for learning through a variety of practical and exciting tasks, based around their interests. Focus is also given to the imperative development of key skills and knowledge and children are supported in their foundations of core subjects through personalised approaches and programmes such as Read, Write, Inc.
Children transition smoothly into Year 1, ready for a year of embedding core skills and stretching their ability, supported by an individual approach to each child. Children are encouraged to foster a thirst for knowledge. The children follow a variety of topics throughout the year offering them an abundance of experiences such as becoming Pirates, Knights and Explorers. Hands on, practical experiences continue to support the children to have a wide range of experiences to draw upon, whilst embedding the core concepts and skills needed. The woodland provides the perfect setting to develop scientific enquiry and problem solving, and the outdoor setting is used frequently to engage the children. Our curriculum offers an enhanced, balanced programme for every child, supporting them to reach their full potential and to be on a strong footing for the academic expectations ahead.
By Year 2, St Neot’s children are ready to take on their role as the eldest in the Pre-Prep and are positive role models for their younger peers. They become confident in the St Neot’s Learning skills and are able to apply this to their learning. Children rise to the challenge of the academic expectations, whilst still benefiting from individualised approaches. Topic based learning continues to engage them through captivating, hands-on experiences whilst providing them with a knowledge and skills base for years to come. Children take the lead in Pre-Prep production’s, become more involved in charitable initiatives and are consistently challenged to build on their critical thinking and wider skills. In the final term, children eagerly anticipate their first residential trip. At this, they are able to apply the St Neot’s Skills and strengthen friendships through a variety of team building activities and adventure; well preparing them for their transition to Middle School.
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