What better way to learn more about the Prep Department than to hear it from the girls themselves. The above video is by Year 6 girl Cyra Mead, which she created as her Independent Learning Project.
Happiness is at the heart of children’s education.
“If they are happy, they will learn. Lessons should be varied and stimulating, engaging and appealing to the variety of learning styles, so that all children can access an enticing curriculum. Teaching should be inviting, inclusive and outstanding. A classroom should always be a happy, positive and stimulating environment. This is very important, as an enriching atmosphere enhances the children’s personal development and well-being.” Sarah Townsend, Prep Co-ordinator
The close working relationships of the Preparatory Department staff ensures that girls benefit from a smooth transition between classes and that every opportunity for personal learning is seized.
We ensure that learning is fun and creativity is encouraged. In addition to achieving her academic potential, your daughter will further develop her personal, social and emotional skills.
As girls move towards their final years in the Preparatory Department, we continue to challenge and support them to develop further their passion for learning and confidence to push their own boundaries.
One key focus is to facilitate the smooth transition for pupils and parents from Year 6 into the Senior School. In Years 5 and 6 our girls benefit from being taught by teachers who are subject specialists and who will also be teaching them in Year 7. In addition, Form Tutors continue to develop key skills of independent organisation and motivation.
Teachers use a variety of assessment methods, including a formal assessment at the end of the curriculum year. This is in line with national guidance in relation to topics; however,
Malvern St James does not participate in the National Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2.
Subjects are in line with the National Curriculum and Attainment Targets for Key Stages 1 and 2. However, modifications exist in some subject areas where appropriate.
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