Year 3 is the first year of our Juniors. The children work through to 3.40 each day and are offered a wide range of clubs and activities to participate in before and after school. Many children also begin to learn how to play a musical instrument.
The Infant message book is replaced by a new homework diary which the children use to record homework set each day. They are encouraged to develop their organisation skills and take more responsibility for their own learning. Parents are expected to check and sign the diaries and use these to communicate with the class teacher. An exciting addition to the curriculum in Year 3 is swimming, which takes place at Westminster Lodge in St Albans.
By Year 4, children are expected to be more organised and independent in their learning.
The curriculum develops at a fast pace and the children continue to be supported and stretched through a practical and problem solving approach to topics. Research skills are further developed and used in all aspects of the curriculum, while English and Maths skills and concepts are consolidated and raised to the next level.
We take a trip to Hazard Alley, where the children are faced with a series of different situations to deal with and problems to solve, and there are new opportunities to represent the school in sporting fixtures.
Year 5 is an important time for the consolidation of knowledge and skills developed so far and some early preparation work for Secondary School entrance exams. The children work in three streamed groups for Maths, English and key subjects, remaining in their class groups for other lessons. Homework is set regularly for most subjects.
The children in Year 5 also get the opportunity to go on their first residential field trip. During Year 5, children are encouraged to take on responsibilities around the school, including helping to run the library and monitoring younger children.
Year 6 is the final year at prep school and we like our children to finish their time here in spectacular fashion.
The emphasis in the Autumn Term is on preparing the children for Secondary School entrance exams and staff support the children and parents through the process. There is regular homework and an emphasis on examination technique practice and good learning habits. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers.
Once exams are over, work also begins on a musical production which is performed by all Year 6 pupils in our own theatre. This is followed by a five day residential trip which is the highlight of their school year.