Pre-Prep Overview (2-7)
“King's Hall has been all we hoped and more.”
- Parents of current pupil
Introduction to Pre-Prep
The moment a child joins the Pre-Prep family they embark upon an adventure in which they will lay the foundations for all future learning. The formative years of a child’s development should never be underestimated and we relish the challenge of ensuring learning experiences are so irresistible that the children cannot help but jump right in and devour them.
This initially starts with the favourable small class sizes which enable teachers to get to know their children incredibly well. We know what inspires and ignites interest in each child and as a result can cater their experiences to their individual needs and styles.This is further enhanced by the favourable staffing ratios; each year group is supported by a full time teaching assistant which results in an average 1:8 adult – pupil ratio. With so many experienced eyes charting children’s progress and development there is little chance of anything but success.
So what constitutes irresistible learning? Anything and everything that captures the imagination and creates a desire to find out more. We are, after all, ultimately aiming to instil in our children the skills needed for them to be independent, active learners.This is where our stunning grounds and facilities provide the perfect backdrop.
The Arts Centre bears witness to some amazing productions by our children who all rise to their roles with confidence and excitement.From small scale class assemblies to spectacular nativities and summer shows the children are immersed in opportunities to develop their creative and expressive abilities.The Arts Centre is also the location of our termly informal concerts in which every child learning to play an instrument has the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an audience.
The Sports Hall, surrounding fields and astro are used every week for both dedicated PE and Games lessons as well as for co-curricular activities such as rugby, football, hockey, tennis, tae-kwon-do and cricket.It is through some of these co-curricular activities that children also enjoy their first experience of representing King’s Hall in friendly sporting tournaments against other local schools.
Our Pre-Prep department is also lucky enough to have its very own library, with magical toadstool seats, and tended by our wonderful librarian.
The Great Outdoors
Outside of the classroom, our Forest School sees the children exploring, investigating, taking risks, developing key skills in all curriculum areas, applying what they know to new situations and problem solving all in an environment where they feel they are simply having fun!
Educational visits each term to museums, local industries, seaside environments (to name but a few) also help to bring learning to life and provide the concrete, first-hand experiences so vital to deepen understanding and knowledge.
Golden Time & Merit Badges
Golden Time takes place every Friday afternoon. This is a reward for all the children after a week's hard work, and pupils are able to bring into school a small toy or game from home to share with their friends. The only exceptions are electronic devices or similar as we aim for this time to be socially inclusive. The Golden Rules form the foundation of our behaviour system and are taught throughout the week.
Merit badges are awarded at Friday assemblies. These are proudly worn all week and returned the following Friday. Each class teacher in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 nominates two children per week who have impressed with their work, behaviour and/or attitude. These children are invited to join the Head of Pre-Prep in our special celebration assembly where they are awarded with their badge and certificate.
Pupils in Year 1 and 2 may also be rewarded with a Star Award if they have accumulated enough Rocket Points. Star Awards recognise the KS1 behaviour system of ‘Reach for the Stars’ where children earn Rocket Points for hard work, effort and conduct. It is an accumulative system whereby awards are achieved based on the number of points earned.
As for extra activities, individual music lessons are available, as well as our hobbies programme. This includes ballet, Tae Kwon Do, choir, sports club, mindfulness, dance club, and rugby stars.
Children can also join our Tea Time (TT) Club. Sessions can be booked in advance if parents are working or can be booked on the day that care is required. This flexible approach is essential to meet the needs of increasingly busy families and the children are able to take part in these various activities, all under the watchful eye of qualified staff. Want to know more? Do come and visit us – you’ll be most welcome!
Dedicated and Experienced Staff
Each year group is supported by a full-time teaching assistant which results in an average 1:8 adult – pupil ratio. On top of that, we are fortunate to have a Skills Development teacher who gives support to any child identified as needing an extra boost in one of the core curriculum areas at no additional cost. With so many experienced eyes charting children’s progress and development, there is little chance of anything but success.Early Years Curriculum - Information Starting School