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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
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Lower School Curriculum: Key Stage One

Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement

Young children learn through exploration, experimentation and play.  Through a mixture of planned play experiences and adult led activities your child will develop skills relevant to his or her needs.  It is through play that children learn to relate to each other, to listen and share, to express their feelings, investigate and discover.

We aim to create a happy and stimulating environment in which children are motivated to learn and reach their full potential. When a child is successful his or her self esteem increases and so does his or her tenacity and resilience.  At Newton Prep your child will be encouraged to value and respect others, and to work as part of a group.

The Lower School curriculum is split into two stages:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
  • Key Stage One (Years 1&2)

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) see previous page

Key Stage One

Within this Key Stage there are four Year 1 classes (aged 5-6) and four Year 2 classes (aged 6-7) each taught by a form teacher.

In Year 1 we have a full time teaching assistant in each class and in Year 2 we have two full time teaching assistants who divide their time equally between all four classes.  The role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher in providing pastoral care and the curriculum.

In Key Stage 1 we teach through topics, allowing us to provide an exciting and cohesive curriculum, using a cross-curricular approach. The children have lessons with subject specialist teachers in PE, French, Music, ICT and, in Year 2, Art also.

From Year 1, we begin to set the children for maths informally, in addition to differentiating within all subjects. Sets in mathematics are called maths clubs and are flexible.  We offer extra support to children who require further consolidation or extension of skills learnt in the classroom.

Children in Key Stage 1 receive weekly maths homework and a list of spellings to reflect the sound of the week to learn for a test the following week. It is expected that children read individually to an adult each evening at home.

Children enjoy a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. As part of the weekly programme, teachers provide clubs for Traditional Games, Construction, Origami, Art and Sewing and Needlework. Ballet, Tap, Judo, tennis, gymnastics, yoga, chess and many other activities are available as paid extras.

A day in Key Stage 1, as you can see, is a busy but varied and fun-filled one, where the children thrive on the diverse curriculum and challenges to which they are exposed.

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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement