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Year 1 & Year 2

Our main aim in Years 1 – 6 is to ensure our girls are well prepared to sit examinations for senior schools and to gain entry to the senior school of their choice. We do this by ensuring the girls are well grounded in English and mathematics, by providing a broad and engaging curriculum, by building on the girls’ general knowledge and by fostering a love of learning.

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Year 3

As the year progresses, the pupils are encouraged to develop greater independence and increase their organisational skills. By the end of the year the girls will have become more confident in their approach to learning and more prepared for the challenges of the Prep School.

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Lower 4 to Upper 6

The school’s mission is to identify and develop to the full the natural talents and potential of each individual pupil and to prepare them for the next step of their education.

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Year 1

It is with great excitement and anticipation that children look forward to starting Year 1, their first year in Prep School.

At Harvington Prep School we provide our girls with an excellent start to their formal education where it is seen as exciting and stimulating. Girls in Year 1 follow a rich curriculum which includes English, mathematics, science, social & health education, citizenship, history, geography, IT, art and R.E. In addition to this, the girls have weekly music, drama and French lessons and also enjoy the use of our Pre Prep school library in order to take books home on a weekly basis.

A love of reading is fostered and the girls are heard to read on a daily basis. As the year progresses, girls are introduced to multiplication tables and have their first school tests in the summer term. We keep parents informed of their daughters’ progress through a parents’ meeting once a term and we provide written reports each term also.

There are regular trips to theatres, art galleries and various museums. The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.

Year 1

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Year 2

Year 2 is a very busy year, but it is great fun too. The girls continue to extend the basic skills they have already acquired and enjoy increasing self-confidence as they become aware of their rapidly developing abilities.

Our mathematics involves much work on strategies for mental arithmetic. There is a great deal of input on problem solving and the use of maths in everyday situations involving time, measurement, money and data handling.

We complete and go beyond the Key Stage 1 requirements for science and carry out regular investigations. These involve the development of the girls’ powers of observation and a growing understanding of the concepts and need for ‘fair testing’.

We instil a positive ethos that reflects the whole school’s commitment to high achievement, good relationships and equality of opportunity for all pupils.

The class teacher also teaches history, geography, religious education, IT, art and PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education).

Specialist teachers are involved in the teaching of, music, PE, drama and French.

Our studies are not, however, all classroom based. There are regular trips to theatres, art galleries and various museums.

Throughout the year, the girls complete a variety of assessment tasks. They are well prepared for these and take them in their stride.

The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.


Year 3

In Year 3 the curriculum becomes more formal. As the year progresses, the pupils are encouraged to develop greater independence and increase their organisational skills. By the end of the year the girls will have become more confident in their approach to learning and more prepared for the challenges of the Prep School.

English and mathematics are given priority on the time table. There is, however, still ample time to engage in other areas of the curriculum. Girls study art and design, geography, history, PSHCE, science, IT and religious studies. Girls in Year 3 begin having their science lessons in our special science laboratory. In addition drama, French, music, P.E. are taught by specialist teachers.

Girls continue to have outings to galleries, museums and theatre productions once a term, which aim to support and enrich the curriculum.

Girls are now tested each term in English, mathematics and science and the results are reported to parents during a parents’ meeting. Written reports are sent out at the end of each term.

The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.

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Lower 4

At Harvington Prep School, we have a unique method of organizing the last three year groups. Girls are in what we call ‘Lower 4’ for the first two terms, this period acts as a transitional stage between the pre prep and the prep section of the school. It prepares the girls for the formality of Upper 4 which begins during the summer term as a new beginning of an academic year.

The curriculum in Lower 4 concentrates on laying firm foundations for the key skills essential in the girls’ academic progression.The majority of subjects are taught by the Lower 4 teacher, this fosters and maximises individual attention to the learning needs of each pupil. Specialist teachers take the girls for French, drama, music and PE.

The majority of subjects are taught by the Lower 4 teacher, this fosters and maximises individual attention to the learning needs of each pupil. Small classes mean that lessons can be differentiated and tailored precisely to children’s needs across a range of abilities.

The girls continue to be supported in their choice of reading books as part of our commitment to a love for reading and in Lower 4 they use the Ridgway Library which is resourced with books appropriate for older children.

The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.


Upper 4 / Lower 5

Girls stay in Upper 4 / Lower 5 for three terms (i.e. until the summer term of the following year) and this class forms the beginning of the formal preparation for senior school entry. The system allows maximum contact with the same member of staff who in turn hands over to the Upper 5 / Lower 6 teacher for the final preparation for the January senior school examinations. In this way, the crucial stage of the final years in the prep school are in the hands of only two teachers.

The emphasis continues to be on English and mathematics, the tested subjects for senior school entry and high expectations and results are expected of the girls at this stage.

Girls are encouraged to study hard and to be interested in the world around them. Self confidence is nurtured in preparation for future interviews. The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.

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Upper 5 / Lower 6

This is the final year of preparation before the senior school entrance examinations.

The girls continue to have lessons in the majority of curriculum subjects by their form teacher and specialist lessons in drama, music, PE and French.

The girls are tested on a weekly basis in English and mathematics using ISEB past papers and London Consortium past papers. By the time the girls sit their entrance examinations, they are well grounded, well prepared and confident in their abilities. The girls also enjoy leading an assembly each term to which parents are invited.


Upper 6

The girls have finished their entrance examinations for senior schools, have had their interviews and have accepted the school of their choice. With the hard work of preparation behind them, the girls go into Upper 6 for their last term at Harvington Prep School with the same teacher they had in Lower 4.

The pace is slower now with an emphasis on project work and local area studies. The girls go on a week’s residential trip to Flatford Mill and concentrate their efforts in a big drama / music production for the end of term.



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