The focus of learning for our pupils shifts towards preparation for Common Entrance and scholarship examinations. Languages and humanities subjects are studied, alongside the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. The creative arts are represented by Art, Design Technology and Music.
The aim of the Languages Department is for pupils to develop positive attitudes towards language-learning in a fun and stimulating environment. French is taught in Years 7 and 8 by a specialist teacher, Mrs Buckley. A native-speaker French assistant participates in some lessons offering in-class support as well taking small groups for speaking practice.
In the Autumn term of Year 7 the children have weekly taster lessons in both Spanish and German that take place at Lancing College, before choosing which language they will continue to study thereafter.The children also get the opportunity to study Mandarin at the College as an extra-curricular club. We are delighted to be able to provide the children with this opportunity to study a more diverse language programme which will, in due course, help them on their way as they move to their senior schools and begin to think about their GCSE choices.
In Year 8, studies focus on the ISEB syllabus and those studying at Scholarship level are working at a standard equivalent to higher level GCSE. By the time they leave us at thirteen, our pupils are equipped with a solid linguistic structure upon which they can study GCSE with ease and are often capable of taking this exam a year earlier.
The French room contains an ICT suite and pupils enjoy using these facilities to carry out a variety of projects, which include writing stories online, researching projects, preparing power-point presentations, making films and accessing a number of language and interactive websites.
Year 7 and 8 pupils are encouraged to enter the Concours d’Art Oratoire (French Speaking competition) at Lancing College, in which pupils have to learn and recite a French poem and a presentation of their choice in front of an adjudicator.
Additional support is given to those pupils who join the school in Year 7 with limited or no prior knowledge of French. A catch-up French clinic is run once a week, which aims to give pupils an extra boost.
Pupils studying Geography engage with the world around them. Whether it be on a local, national or international scale pupils will learn about various human, physical and environmental topics.
Pupils studying for Common Entrance are strongly encouraged to read widely, either relevant newspaper articles, the BBC News website or through good, old fashioned books which pupils may borrow from the Head of Geography, Mrs Coutts. The ‘Geography in the News’ notice board in the Geography classroom is a great starting point for discussion and pupils bring along articles for inclusion. Pupils who enjoy Geography will find different Geography-related clubs run throughout the year.
The Year 7 study programme includes the physical geography topics of rivers & coast, weather & climate and plate tectonics, together with the human geography topics of population & settlement and transport & industry. The pupils also undertake a recap of mapwork skills.
In Year 8 pupils use case studies of events occurring around the world that tie into topics studied in the previous year before embarking on tailored revision and exam preparation. They also carry out coursework, investigating rivers and their influence river on the landscape at Lancing College.
There are exciting opportunities to enrich learning within school with specialist demonstrations and guest speakers, including ‘The Geography Gameshow’ for Years 7 and 8.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils continue to work on their academic skills and follow the syllabus for Common Entrance and scholarship exams. Learning how to carry out independent research is given a high priority, and our Year 8 scholars undertake training into how to research in an academic library.
The VLE contains a wealth of useful information for senior pupils in History. There is a record of what we have studied, together with many of the resources used and examples of tasks undertaken by pupils in past years, using a variety of different creative media.
There’s a huge amount of historical literature available to borrow on a wide variety of themes. Work in History at any level can always be enriched by interesting, unusual and obscure details. There is also access to the very latest in historical writing through the Library website: the College subscribes to the highly-respected English Historical Review as well as a vast archive of publications on JSTOR.
Learning continues to be enhanced by school trips; Year 7 visit Battle Abbey and the 1066 battlefield in October and Dover Castle in May.
Pupils in Year 7 follow Galore Park’s Latin Prep course. The arrangements for teaching Latin ensure that those who have studied Latin previously will continue where they left off, whereas those who join the school in Year 7 and have no prior knowledge will learn from the beginning.
In Year 8, our pupils turn their attention to the more specific requirements of the Common Entrance examinations, using Galore Park’s revision guide. The Common Academic Scholarship paper is extremely challenging for our very best Latinists.
Course materials for the senior Latin courses and links to useful websites, such as Cyberlatin and the Cambridge Latin Course site, are all readily available to pupils on the Latin section of the VLE
Religion, Ethics and Philosophy
REP provides pupils with an academically rigorous and fruitful study of the major religions of the world as well as philosophers from all ages and places. It enables pupils to think critically and to establish well-informed opinions based on an assessment of various ideas and beliefs.
Pupils are presented with new ideas and challenges. They are encouraged to read around topics, not only to increase their subject knowledge but also to enhance their contribution to debate – a key component of the subject. Documentaries on religious issues are growing in popularity and exhibitions centred around the subject take place at major cultural centres, for example the British Museum and the National Gallery.
During their Common Entrance studies, Year 8 have the opportunity to visit a city of particular significance to the subject and gain an insight into the cultural and artistic impact of religion on the world. Pupils are able to draw on the experience gained as they prepare for their exams. In 2017, pupils visited Warsaw in Poland and previous trips have included Vienna and Florence. Next year, a visit to xx is planned.
The curriculum for Music lessons is shown below. More about Music at Lancing Prep Hove can be found on our creative arts page (link).
In Year 7, pupils study different music genres and styles from the folk tradition, chords into jazz, polyrhythm into minimalism to music for special occasions and making musical arrangements. Year 8 topics continue the work with chords and jazz in the classroom, suggestion by imitation and expression, film music to sound 2 game and over to you/musical codes.
Outside the classroom, most pupils learn at least one instrument with one of our peripatetic teachers. They have the opportunity to join one of our many musical ensembles and to perform at musical concerts, evenings and events, both here at school and out in our wider community.
Topics in Year 7 range from Self – image and identity, supported by a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, sculpture heads to pop art. In Year 8, the children look at objects and viewpoints in a topic entitled ‘Reflection & Distortion’, followed by surrealism and architectural hats, which are both supported by visiting the surrealism galleries and the Switch building at the Tate Modern, before their final term of self-guided project work.
In addition to the dedicated Art and Design lessons pupils have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Art clubs where they can extend their skills and explore additional media and topics.
The course of study is overseen by Mr Meierdirk, Head of Design and Technology at Lancing College. Miss Thorn teaches Year 7, with Year 8 pupils have the particular privilege of taking their Design and Technology lessons in the extensive, purpose-built facilities at Lancing College, travelling there once a week by minibus.
A particular highlight in Year 7 is the now-legendary ‘Rocket Car’ project. The firing of these cars always attracts the attention of the whole school during the summer term. Other projects include creating bunting and bird boxes with a creative or architectural design.
The range and scope of the projects undertaken in recent years has been marvellous. Equally impressive have been the opportunities for pupils to contribute their skills in Design and Technology to other areas of school life.