Love Learning @ Lancing Pre-Prep at Worthing
‘Illumination, Inspiration and Independence’
Children start full-time education in the September after their fourth birthday. Many progress from our flourishing Nursery with others joining us from local Nurseries and Playgroups. Vacancies are available from time to time for older children and enquiries from parents can quickly establish the current position in any particular age group.
There are three year groups in the Pre-Prep and we have no more than 20 pupils in each class. Every class has a fully qualified teacher and, there are also three teaching assistants who ensure that each child receives the attention required in order to flourish.
Within our small classes the teachers provide a positive and stimulating learning environment, which enables the children to develop as individuals whilst working as members of a close-knit community. We believe that learning - especially for the younger pupils - should be engaging, relevant and fun! There is a strong emphasis on reading and most children read fluently, with reading ages well in advance of their chronological age, by the time they move into the Prep School. An early start is made with independent and creative writing; children practise the grammatical and spelling skills needed to become confident, capable writers who are able to produce coherent prose for a range of purposes in the later stages of their education. Checklists of literacy skills are kept for each pupil, and children’s progress is carefully monitored.
In numeracy, we emphasise practical and investigative work. A well-established mathematics scheme is followed and supplemented by other high quality resources. Numeracy is well resourced with practical apparatus and games which promote a secure grasp of mathematical concepts. Regular assessment ensures progress is monitored carefully.
A cross-curricular, topic approach to general subjects is followed in the Pre-Prep, allowing children to develop interest in geography, history, and science. Every class has an interactive whiteboard that is used to complement work across the curriculum and further learning. Children from Year 1 upwards use the IT suite to learn computing, including coding, as well as to support their class work. Children also use our class sets of iPads to enhance their learning.
Educational visits are made throughout the year to places of interest relevant to class studies and many visitors come into school to talk to pupils on a wide variety of topics.
Physical Education plays an important part in the life of the children and it is taught from Reception by a qualified PE teacher. Our structured PE syllabus aims to develop agility, balance and strength leading on to basic skills in Football, Rounders, Netball, Cricket and Athletics. The PE facilities, include a gym, playground and ample field space for outdoor activities. Swimming is taught throughout the Pre-Prep and the children enjoy our trips to the Lancing College pool.
Music, art, and design technology (DT) form an integral part of the curriculum in the Pre-Prep. In music, children are taught using the Kodaly method and learn how to play a variety of percussion instruments. Songs and rhythms that help younger children to learn are incorporated into lessons. A music specialist teaches all the children. Art introduces a wide range of media including clay, paint, pencils, crayons and collage work. Children enjoy their work in DT where a range of materials are used to develop their problem-solving skills. Our aim is to help children develop an appreciation of their own creative skills and those in the world around them.
Each class has timetabled 'Circle Time' in which children are encouraged to share their ideas, thoughts and sometimes concerns in a calm and respectful atmosphere. The class teacher carefully monitors each child’s progress and regular contact with parents is encouraged.
There is a formal written report each year, two parent consultation evenings, and a ‘celebration of work’ when children show their parents the work that they have produced during the year. Pupils in the Pre-Prep wear a smart and practical uniform which is age appropriate. There is an opportunity to buy ‘nearly new’ items of uniform in the sales organised by the Parents' Association, the LPWA.
An appealing and nutritious hot lunch, with a vegetarian alternative is provided for all pupils. Teachers and children enjoy lunch together, and there is time to chat and learn good table manners. At the end of Year 2 children sit Key Stage 1 SATS and do very well.