Academic

Early Years (Kindergarten and Reception)

In Kindergarten and Reception at Wilmslow Prep, our pupils discover, work and play in a kind, friendly, nurturing environment where we develop their skills and guide their first steps towards independence.

Pupils are gently introduced to the fundamental elements of reading, writing and basic mathematics. They also enjoy Music, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages and PE lessons. The children are taught the values of polite manners, good behaviour and courtesy.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

From five to seven years of age, our Key Stage 1 pupils progress through Years 1 and 2 and this is a time of great individual development. During these years, pupils rapidly develop their learning skills, advancing in Numeracy, Literacy, Science and Humanities, all of which open up new possibilities in the acquisition of knowledge. In particular, improved literacy skills promote the pleasures of independent reading.

The children’s horizons continue to be broadened by specialist teachers for Modern Foreign Languages, ICT, Science, Music, Drama, PE and Art.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

Children are set extended goals as they enter Key Stage 2 and we expect our pupils to work hard to achieve the results of which we know they are capable. We believe it is vitally important that every child is valued and knows his or her own strengths and each child is constantly encouraged to achieve their personal best.

Preparation for Senior School continues, with a carefully planned core and extended curriculum, specialist teachers for Maths, ICT, Science, Music, Drama, PE, Art and Modern Foreign Languages and the introduction of verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Many of the children represent the School in sports, music, drama and art competitions.

Monitoring, Assessment and Learning Development

At WPS, we offer tailored excellence. This means that through our robust continuous system for monitoring and assessing progress, we can ensure that every individual is given the opportunity to achieve their potential. All lessons are differentiated, recognising the individual needs of the children. With small class sizes, teaching assistants and a dedicated Learning Support Teacher, we have the flexibility to accommodate teaching according to need, including working in small groups or 1:1 when required.

Our definition of Gifted and Talented is: “A child with exceptional potential and/or performance across a wide range of abilities” that might include general intellectual, specific academic, creative thinking, social, musical or artistic. The Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator ensures that we meet the needs of gifted and talented pupils giving them further opportunities to enrich their abilities throughout the whole curriculum.

Enrichment

Our academically comprehensive and challenging curriculum is enhanced by an excellent range of enrichment activities, including a wide selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities, day and residential trips, visits and community work. Our outstanding education ensures that learning thrives and flourishes both in and out of the classroom.