King Henry VIII Preparatory School provides children with a broad range of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.
The curriculum itself is broad, with plenty of emphasis on the basics of literacy and numeracy but children will also study the humanities, foreign languages (from Year 1), the arts and sport. Preparatory schools have traditionally provided a broad curriculum, with the intention of stimulating a range of interests and talents in their pupils. Whilst academic achievement is very important, it is also imperative that children’s creativity is stimulated and fostered through Art, Drama and Music. Equally sport is fundamentally important, not just for the fun of movement and playing games, but to ensure that children are physically fit and build their ability to work as one of a team in our increasingly interdependent world.
Beyond the classroom, the School offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. These are organised for children from Reception upwards and take place at lunchtimes, after school and on Saturday mornings. The provision of extra-curricular activities is one way we hope to broaden children’s interests and build on skills and interests arising from the normal curriculum.
School trips are another important aspect of school life. Normal ‘day’ visits are organised, as is the case with many schools. However, King Henry VIII Preparatory School also provides a residential trip for every child from Year 3 upwards. These have themes – such as a historical and geographical - but also include adventurous activities holidays and trips to France. Through residential trips, the School wishes to give its pupils memorable experiences but also to build independence and self-reliance.
We hope that the overall effect of children receiving a broad curriculum, of the type described above, will be that they start to discover their gifts, talents and interests, and that they will gain confidence and a readiness to live their lives to the full. It is our intention that all pupils will be able to look back on the start to their education with wonderful memories.
There are three main elements: the Academic, the Arts and Sport. The core academic subjects of English and Mathematics lie at the heart of the curriculum but children also study a wide range of other academic subjects.
Pupils in Years 1 – 6 have the broadest curriculum and in the course of each week will study: English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Design, Music, Computing, PSHEE, Physical Education, Swimming and Games.
Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 children are primarily class-based, having one teacher for the majority of their lessons. From Year 5 onwards, children are taught by a greater number of subject specialists and are likely to move between a variety of subject specialist teaching rooms. This is traditional in preparatory schools where it is believed that this manner of teaching leads to higher standards. It is also felt that children respond well to a number of different teachers with differing styles during the school day.
At the start of each academic year, information evenings are held for parents of children in every year group at the School. The purpose of these evenings is to give parents detailed information about the subjects and topics within the curriculum their children will be following and to provide information regarding clubs, homework, etc. This allows parents to understand what the School is trying to achieve and support their children’s teachers.