Curriculum

Early Years & Pre-Prep Long Term Topic Focus Areas

Since September 2014 our Pre-Prep Early Years children have started following a new, vibrant and bespoke curriculum which draws on the strengths of the current Early Years curriculum whilst crucially offering the children further opportunities to develop their learning. Those pupils who are ready, will be provided with the opportunity to read and write at a younger age and to develop their mathematical skills beyond the current levels of expectation.

The development of this new curriculum has only been possible as the result of three first class inspections  from Ofsted and  ISI which were the basis upon which the School was able to qualify to exit the EYFS framework whilst maintaining the funding. The School were delighted to echo this outstanding rating a fourth time (ISI) in June 2014  before embarking on the new curriculum.

Whilst in Pre-Prep Early Years, pupils are prepared for their move to the Reception classes by developing their skills in all areas of the curriculum, enjoying a wide range of activities such as dance, drama, music, sports, Forest School, arts and crafts.

Children aged three to four follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme, which is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy which is used in Pre-Prep. Early writing skills such as the correct pencil grip and formation of letters using sand tray activities, tracing, whiteboards and pencil and paper activities are also covered.

A Unique Child

Every child has the right to learn in a place where they feel safe, gain confidence and their emotional and physical well-being are a priority. At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall Pre-Prep Early Years, we plan a series of activities that allow for interaction, communication and education.

Our children are safe, but sessions in Forest School, for example, allow them to take managed risks and learn certain boundaries for themselves. Child initiated learning is a very important part of what we do, and gives our small people the ability to choose and make decisions with their peers.

A healthy cooked lunch is provided each day – health awareness is promoted.

Positive Relationships

Our Pre-Prep Early Years provides a setting where children are respected and learn to respect each other – constructive interaction with their peers and adults in the classroom is taught as part of every day. Children understand that we are all different, but effective communication and friendships are actively encouraged.

Our highly qualified staff has a wealth of experience in teaching effectively and promoting a very positive, stimulating curriculum.

We listen to children and assist them in becoming happy, settled and confident individuals.

Enabling Environments

Each child has their own assessment document that builds a picture of achievement. Ongoing assessments ensure that we give each child the individual education that provides them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The environment that we have created at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s Pre-Prep Early Years gives an amazing scope for learning:

  1. A purpose built up-to-date building that has all that a small child needs to access all areas of the curriculum.
  2. A school hall for drama, P.E., music and large apparatus sessions.
  3. A sports hall for mini-hockey, tennis, skittles, ball games and many other forms of equipment.
  4. Different areas of woodland for Forest School activities, pond-dipping, nature studies and exploration as well as our wonderful Outdoor Classroom.

All of this is presented within an environment of emotional security and happiness where every child is valued and cared for.

Learning and Development

We believe that children learn more effectively if they are given the strategies to do so. If they understand how they can make decisions and investigate for themselves, they will become more interested, more capable and keen to learn. We build upon experience and start from familiar points with each child. We connect the learning to their individual world and involve parents and families closely with their education.

The seven areas of learning are:

The prime areas of learning that underpin the planning and assessment procedures at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall’s Pre-Prep Early Years department are as follows

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As the children grow confident in each of the above areas we begin to develop their learning in each of the following areas therefore giving them a wide expanse of knowledge in preparation for their next step into the Pre-Prep Reception classes.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Topic
  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • PE
  • Sports
  • Forest Schools
  • Language awareness

Each of these areas are continually assessed to ensure that next steps are devised that are suitable for the individual child.

Within these guidelines a multitude of activities are planned by the staff or initiated by the children. By the end of the year, each child will be ready to make the transition from Pre-Prep Early Years to our Pre-Prep Reception classes.

Please contact us to find out more about our Early Years provision in Norwich.

To view and download the Reception curriculum, please click the button below:

View Reception Curriculum
View Pre-Prep Early Years and Reception Curriculum Objectives

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall Reception children follow their own bespoke Curriculum drawing from the strengths of the EYFS curriculum but with the flexibility of developing each child’s learning at a level that is suited to their individual needs.

The following three areas underpin planning and assessment for all children

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

We then aim to develop the childrens’ learning further in the following areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • Topic
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Swimming
  • PSHEE
  • Forest Schools
  • Dance
  • Computing

Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage our Reception children to become independent, committed and enthusiastic learners by providing a wide range of interesting and challenging activities. We extend children’s learning by incorporating their interests and experiences and we celebrate their learning through displays, assemblies and photos.

All our Pre-Prep children attend morning assemblies that provide opportunities for spiritual, moral and PSHEE learning. In addition, we invite guest speakers to talk to the children and have had visits from a nurse to talk about going into hospital, representatives from the fire brigade and police, a helicopter pilot and a parent to talk about the whole school ‘Jeans for Genes day’.

Reception children have two sessions per week of physical activity and swim once a week in our indoor swimming pool, taking part in the ASA swimming award which is a Nationally accredited programme.

Our school setting is within 100 acres of grounds and our Forest School status allows us to offer all our children a very adventurous and challenging learning experience. Specific topics in Reception include looking at the seasons, farming, birds and sea life. The class has its’ own garden and children go on regular outings e.g. to a local farm, local agricultural college, wildlife park and museum. In the Spring term the children place eggs in an incubator in their classroom and care for the chicks when they are hatched.

Computing is an integral part of the curriculum and all children benefit from interactive whiteboards in the classrooms.

Drama is an important part of the Pre-Prep curriculum and all children are encouraged to become confident performers; they take part in Christmas plays, class assemblies, a Spring dance display and a Summer music concert. All pupils in the Pre-Prep receive specialist tuition in dance, singing and swimming.

In the summer the children participate in Sports Day and an open swimming lesson event.

Reception children visit our school library each week and are encouraged to develop both a love of books and an understanding of how to care for them.

During the Spring Term we hold a themed week, such as an Activity Week where each day is devoted to a different activity including physical development, science, forest school, literacy and investigation with a visit from for example a circus (this may vary each year) culminating in the production of a show for parents by the pupils in the afternoon.

Other events include ‘charity’ dressing up days, a Christmas Carol Service, theatre visits and a very popular school fete.

Through our After School club we offer an additional range of activities to children in the Pre-Prep. Pupils can try out swimming, dance, book club, football, cheerleading, board games, lego, kuk sol won, tennis and golf to name but a few.

Would you like to know more? Please contact us today.

To view and download the Year 1 curriculum, please click the button below:

View Year 1 Curriculum

At our Preparatory School in Norwich, Year 1 children follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and have daily numeracy and literacy lessons. Their topics range from transport to the weather, to life and work in Victorian times. We encourage our children to become independent, committed and enthusiastic learners and extend their learning by incorporating pupils’ interests and experiences. We celebrate each child’s learning through displays, assemblies and photos.

Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. The children swim once a week in our indoor swimming pool and take part in the ASA swimming award nationally accredited programme. In addition, they have an hourly session in our Sports hall with a qualified sports coach, participating in activities such as circuit training, unihoc, short tennis, cricket and general ball skills.

Year 1 children have regular sessions for specific Forest School activities, although of course we do utilise our extensive grounds where appropriate in general lesson work. They also have the opportunity to learn some basic stitchwork making a gift for their parents at Christmas time and for Mothering Sunday, as well as taking part in investigative woodwork and a gardening programme in the Spring and Summer terms.

All our Pre-Prep children attend morning assemblies that provide opportunities for spiritual, moral and PSHEE learning. In addition, we invite guest speakers to talk to the children and have recently had visits from a nurse to talk about going into hospital, representatives from the fire brigade and police, a helicopter pilot and a parent to talk about the whole school ‘Jeans for Genes day’.

Computing is an integral part of the curriculum and all children benefit from interactive whiteboards in the classrooms.

Drama is an important part of the Pre-Prep curriculum at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall and all children are encouraged to become confident performers; they take part in Christmas plays, class assemblies, a Spring dance display and a Summer music concert. All Year 1 children receive specialist tuition in music, dance, PE, French and Computing.

In the summer all Pre-Prep children participate in Sports Day and a Swimming Gala.

Year 1 children visit our school library each week and are encouraged to develop both a love of books and an understanding of how to care for them.

During the Spring Term we hold a themed week for all children in the Pre-Prep, such as a themed Activity Week. Each day is devoted to a different activity such as physical development, science, forest school, literacy and investigation with a special visit from for example a circus (this may vary each year) culminating in the production of a show for parents by the pupils in the afternoon.

Other events include ‘charity’ dressing up days, a Christmas Carol Service, theatre visits and a very popular school fete.

Through our After School club we offer an additional range of activities to children in the Pre-Prep. Pupils can try out swimming, dance,  book club, football, cheerleading, board games, lego, kuk sol won, tennis and golf to name but a few.

Would you like to know more about our Year 1 curriculum? Please contact us today.

To view and download the Year 2 curriculum, please click the button below:

View Year 2 Curriculum

Year 2 children follow the statutory requirements of the National curriculum and have daily numeracy and literacy lessons. Their topics range from transport to the weather, puppet making to the Great Fire of London. In addition, Year 2 children enjoy a weekly session learning about France and practising a simple vocabulary. This culminates at the end of the Summer term when parents are invited to a French breakfast.

Year 2 children, like all other children in the Pre-Prep, are encouraged to become independent, committed and enthusiastic learners. We extend their learning by incorporating pupils’ interests and experiences whilst celebrating each child’s learning through displays, assemblies and photos.

Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. The children swim once a week in our indoor swimming pool and take part in the ASA swimming award nationally accredited programme. In addition, they have an hourly session in our Sports hall with a qualified sports coach, participating in activities such as circuit training, unihoc, short tennis, cricket and general ball skills.

Year 2 children also have a weekly Forest School session and ‘bug hunting’ is a very popular activity.

All our Pre-Prep children attend morning assemblies that provide opportunities for spiritual, moral and PSHEE learning. In addition, we invite guest speakers to talk to the children and have recently had visits from a nurse to talk about going into hospital, representatives from the fire brigade and police, a helicopter pilot and a parent to talk about the whole school ‘Jeans for Genes day’.

Computing is an integral part of the curriculum and all children benefit from interactive whiteboards in the classrooms whilst Year 2 have an additional session in the Prep School computing suite.

Drama is an important part of the Pre-Prep curriculum and all children are encouraged to become confident performers; they take part in Christmas plays, class assemblies, a Spring dance display and a Summer music concert. All Year 2 children receive specialist tuition in music, dance, PE, Games, French and Computing.

In the summer all Pre-Prep children participate in Sports Day and a Swimming Gala.

Year 2 visit our school library each week and are encouraged to develop both a love of books and an understanding of how to care for them.

During the Spring Term we hold a themed week for all children in the Pre-Prep, such as an Activity Week. Each day is devoted to a different activity including physical development, science, forest school, literacy and investigation with a visit for example from a circus (this may vary each year) culminating in the production of a show for parents by the pupils in the afternoon.

Other events include ‘charity’ dressing up days, a Christmas Carol Service, theatre visits and a very popular school fete.

Through our After School club we offer an additional range of activities to children in the Pre-Prep. Pupils can try out swimming, dance,  book club, football, cheerleading, board games, lego, kuk sol won, tennis and golf to name but a few.