Kindergarten

We have three groups for our Kindergarten children:

Little Acorns and Little Oaks (12-18 months) where we help develop a natural curiosity by providing a wide range of sensory experiences.

Nursery (2-3 years) where we construct the child’s knowledge through a carefully planned curriculum built upon the child’s interest, this way we can develop a lifelong passion for learning.

Pre-School (3-4 years) where we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and integrate the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) to further develop broad and balanced learning. Our outdoor areas provide a wonderful environment for child-initiated play. St Edward’s also offers inclusive specialist lessons:-in Music, PE, French and Computing.

Pre-Preparatory

We have three groups in the Pre-Prep Department:

Reception where the Early Years Foundation Stage is combined with the INternational Primary Curriculum (IPC) to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring children feel secure, nurtured and valued.

Year One is designed to progress smoothly from the Foundation Stage. It extends the children academically whilst ensuring breadth and balance in the activities on offer. They are encouraged to make their own decisions and to work independently. The children study a range of topics, which are linked to the National Curriculum.

Year Two follows a curriculum, which extends beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum to provide an exciting and interesting year. They are encouraged to do personal research for topics, using both books and computer resources.

Prep

As pupils progress through the Preparatory School, we work to ensure that they have a firm understanding of the core academic subjects and are capable of sharing and collaborating with their peers. This is achieved while still maintaining a broad curriculum of subjects including Computing, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Drama and Technology.

In Years 4, 5 and 6 children are set into ability groups which reduces teaching group sizes to 14 on average. These group sizes enable pupils to be extended or supported as appropriate with many pupils completing tasks well ahead of the expected level.

The School’s forty five acres of parkland is used to full effect with pupils using the extensive lawns and woodland both for play, our forest schools programme and as a venue for all parts of the curriculum. The extensive facilities mean that a broad range of sporting activities from cross country to tennis tournaments are possible with pupils competing at local, regional and national level.