The curriculum at Blundell’s Preparatory School seeks to allow all pupils the opportunity to learn and make progress, fulfilling their potential across a wide range of subjects in a supportive and stimulating environment. We recognise our responsibility to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain.
The National Curriculum is broadly followed with the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science being given clear priority. Children in Years 4–6 are set in the core subjects of English and Mathematics. In this way the school is flexible in its assessment and movement of children across teaching groups (Parents are informed if a change takes place) and socially the year group mixes. It also means that children are potentially placed in different groups for English and Mathematics. The school feels that this helps with the pace of learning and individual confidence. The foundation subjects including Religious and Philosophical Studies, Geography and History are taught throughout the school. Pupils are also taught Art, Music and Drama. In the Prep School the pupils are taught Design Technology (Y3+4), Design Technology (Y5+6)Food Technology and Information & Communication Technology. Also Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is built into the timetable as well as a leadership course for those pupils in Year 6, designed to encourage independent and investigative learning and improve organisational skills. French is taught from Nursery.
The Curriculum is enhanced by many educational trips around the local community and beyond. Children in the Foundation Stage (N1, N2, REC) are taught through the Foundation Stage Curriculum. This consists of six areas of learning.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
The Nursery and Reception classes follow the guidance set out in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum which came into effect in September 2012. However, we are not limited to this alone, and succeed in providing many rich opportunities for the children to develop in all areas of their learning above and beyond the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
As an independent school, children in Key Stage 1 & 2 are not bound to follow QCA DFEE National Curriculum Guidelines. However, our curriculum encompasses those aspects of the National Curriculum which we consider to be most valuable to our children’s education, as well as offering many further opportunities for extending and broadening the learning experience.
We provide a curriculum which encourages all children to develop skills and increase knowledge across a wide range of subjects, and believe that children should be given the opportunity to investigate, question and challenge within an education which enables all to achieve full potential as individuals.
Differentiation is clearly key, and the objective of the class teacher must be to deliver the curriculum at a level appropriate for enhancing the learning of each pupil in the class. Individual children may work at a quicker or slower pace through aspects of the curriculum, and their level of knowledge and understanding in any subject area will be limited only by their own abilities. Additional classroom support continues to be made available to enable the class teacher to focus help where it may be needed most and parents may also be offered the option of one-to-one support in Maths or English where this may be felt to be beneficial by the Learning Success Department.
The Curriculum Guide, which is available on the website, provides an outline of the different areas of the curriculum that your child will follow at Blundell’s Preparatory School. It gives an overview of topic areas and is a flexible guide, as teaching staff need to vary their delivery of the curriculum according to the particular needs and interests of the children, and may revise and develop their programmes of study throughout the year. Teachers of English and Maths in particular may wish to adapt their teaching to address the different needs of their sets.
Some topic areas will be repeated as a child moves through the school; this will be because the topic is being delivered in greater depth and detail, is being studied from a different aspect or is being reinforced as part of another topic.
We hope that children will be supported and encouraged in their studies by parents and, should you wish to know more about the topic areas this information is available in the Curriculum Guides which are available on the website or please contact the School.