The exciting curriculum on offer has no limits!

The learning starts straight away both indoors and outdoors. Within a nurturing environment, at their own pace, children are encouraged to explore and be curious, independently solving the challenges of an enriched curriculum.

Our Pre-Preps follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in First Steps, Rising Reception and Reception. The children in Year One follow Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.

First Steps

from age 2

“I found a zero, zero means nothing.” Sasha

Through ‘play’, children develop their concentration, language (speaking and listening), hand-eye co-ordination, manipulative skills and physical co-ordination. They gain pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-number skills and an early understanding of basic concepts, such as colour, number, shape, size and time.

We also timetable in French, Music, Art, Technology, Dance and P.E.


Rising Reception

3-4 years

“I can write an ‘a’ it’s easy. I just go around the apple and down the leaf.”

Although the curriculum continues to be ‘play’ based, the daily routine and the teaching of early literacy and numeracy become gradually more structured.

From learning the alphabet sounds, children move on to simple word building activities. Some will be ready to start reading during this year. Practical activities to develop pre-writing and pre-number skills continue, and creativity is developed through art and craft activities and imaginary play.

We also timetable in French, Music, Art, Technology, Dance and P.E.


4-5 years

“I counted 6 dinosaurs then I took one away.”

In Reception, children work towards completing their learning journeys within the Early Years Foundation Stage. A structured learning programme enriches each child’s individuality, giving them a sense of independence and responsibility and includes:

Personal, Social and Emotional development

Communication and Language



Understanding the World – History, Geography and Science

Expressive Arts and Design – Music, Art, Craft and Design, Drama

Physical Development – Dance, Games, Gym and Swimming


Year One

5-6 years

“My favourite thing at school is Maths because I am good at it.”

Year One sees the beginning of Key Stage One of the National Curriculum. Learning becomes more structured and is divided into the following subjects:




Religious Education

Personal, Social and Health Education




Art and Design

Design and Technology

Music (including Recorder)

Physical Education

Dance and Drama


Year One is the top class at our Downsend Pre-Preps. Our aim is that all the children learn to be responsible and work independently, increasing their skills in all areas of the curriculum.

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