“The children are encouraged to increase their independence to help get them ready for their time in Prep.”
Welcome to Year 2!
During this year, the children are encouraged to increase their independence to help get them ready for their time in Prep. We build upon the strong academic and social foundation developed through our EYFS and Year 1, whilst retaining the practical style of learning appropriate for the children’s age.
Lessons and Teaching
In Year 2, the children continue to be taught in mixed-ability classes with activities differentiated to meet individual academic needs and learning styles. Children are heard to read every day and are expected to read every night at home too. All of their progress is carefully tracked through weekly teacher assessments, as well as through termly standardised assessments. These ensure that their individual learning journeys can be carefully planned. The pupils also continue to receive French and Music lessons. As a year group, the pupils also enjoy numerous trips to support their learning, visiting places such as Longleat, Glastonbury Tor, and Powderham Castle.
Opportunities and Responsibilities
Being at the top of Pre-Prep brings many opportunities for acting as role-models to the younger children, as well as being given positions of responsibility. Each week, one child is chosen to be the Pre-Prep Ambassador. He/she is tasked with carrying out duties such as reading the prayers in assembly, collecting the bus register, signalling the end of playtime, and assisting the Head of Pre-Prep in some of her duties. This is a highly coveted role which has to be earned and is only awarded to those who can be trusted to be guardians of the Golden Rules.
Lights, Camera, Action
Year 2 children also lead the Harvest Festival, Pre-Prep Nativity play and Summer Show spectacular. They are all cast in speaking roles and are expected to deliver them with confidence and clarity. This is always something the children look forward to as they progress through the Pre-Prep years, and never fail to amaze us with their enthusiasm and brilliance. The children also complete the year with a celebration of all they have achieved during their Pre-Prep journey by enjoying a very special overnight camp on the school field. This is always a highlight and a wonderful way to reward the children for all they have contributed during their time with us.