Year 1 and 2
At St John's Wood Pre-Prep we have four year groups. Here you can learn about our fantastic Year 1 and 2 classes.
In Year 1, we adopt a theme-based approach to learning which enables us to make lots of cross-curricular links between various subjects. This enables the children to see how different areas of the world relate to each other and helps the transition from Reception which is a more play-based curriculum to the more formal based curriculum we have in year 1. We use a lot of kinaesthetic, visual and oral aides to scaffold their learning in preparation for the learning they will have in year 2. Because of the great staff ratio that we have we are able to help those who need extra support and those who need that challenge and need to be extended, we find it much easier to give that to them as well.
In Year 2 the goal is to make them independent and confident to take the 7+ entrance exams. In the autumn term we focus on their academic skills, we encourage them to practice their test skills, so they can do well in the exams, as well as being confident enough to sit in a group or take an interview. The children do presentations to one another and to the class, and they might in community time in front of the whole school and parents. They are more confident to take on responsibilities, look after the little ones and some are made prefects. By the end of the year, they are all prefects. We hear from the parents of the children who have just left, or from the schools about how well our children have settled in. That they are confident, that their academic skills are at least as good as the children that are going to the skills often better. And that they are self-assured and independent which is exactly what we are hoping for.