Prep Curriculum

Interesting lessons are crafted by our expert curriculum coordinators to ensure learning is never a chore for our keen Prep School pupils.

Prep School Education

A marvellous range of creative and inspiring lessons take place every day at Hydesville Tower Prep School where children receive a high-quality and well-rounded education in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English (reading, comprehension, spelling, punctuation & grammar)
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Languages (French and German)
  • PE and Games
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Religious Education

 

11 Plus Preparation

We teach Verbal Reasoning (VR) and Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) from Year 3 upwards in preparation for the grammar school entrance exams. This programme of work is hugely beneficial to a child’s education regardless of whether or not they sit the 11 Plus exam because:

 

  • VR requires a good vocabulary and involves problem solving with words, sequences, codes and logic.
  • NVR involves solving problems that are represented graphically with pictures and diagrams.

Subject Specialist Teaching

We make the most of our on-site senior school to stretch Years 5 and 6 and help prepare them for the step-up to secondary school. Pupils make their way to our senior school classrooms for lessons with the following subject specialists:

Year 5ScienceMusicForeign LanguagesPE & GamesArt
Year 6English MathsScienceMusicForeign LanguagesPE & Games

We are able to make this unique opportunity available to our upper Prep pupils due to the all-through nature of our school. All other lessons are taught by the pupils’ class teacher.

 

Elocution Lessons

All Prep School pupils from Year 1 upwards receive class elocution lessons with our in-house specialist and LAMDA accredited tutor, Miss Ellen Mills, who has a wealth of experience and a track record of success in this field.

Each year we are well-represented at regional elocution festivals and typically our Prep School pupils achieve a podium position in each of their categories.