A Great Education is about lighting a fire, not filling a bucket.
Learning how to learn is a skill we teach from the outset and the Pre-Prep department could not reflect this thinking more closely in all that it does around academic and extra-curricular learning.
In Pre-Prep, children from the age of 4 to the age of 7 are taught, in three year groups called Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Children enter Reception first after their time in our Early Years department or indeed moving from other nursery provision or home. It is a wonderful age group where really effective learning is about opening minds and encouraging the sharing of ideas, which in itself develops communication skills and the ability to work as a team.
The Pre-Prep department is about exciting, stimulating fun and opportunities coupled with sound basic learning in the crucial reading, writing and maths areas. You will find on reading further about our teaching and learning programme in this department that we take great care to balance informality and structure with creativity and sensitivity. We cover all the bases ensuring the basic skills are there to enable a pupil to go on to develop and achieve to the best of their individual ability. We keep our class sizes small to ensure every child is nurtured and supported and no child ‘slips through the net.’
Young children love to explore, investigate and question and the dedicated and enthusiastic staff who look after this department give this curiosity and imagination full reign.
Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School offers a captivating and colourful education with a complete approach from the very beginning. So while our youngest pupils learn to read, write and work with numbers, there is also plenty of time for singing and dancing, making music, sport, painting and building, listening to stories, playing and exploring the outside world.
The day starts at 8.30am for Pre-Prep children (unless the children are part of the Early Bird Scheme from 8am), it finishes at 3.30pm for Reception and Year 1 and then at 3.40pm for Year 2. There is the option to go on to After School club where they can attend an activity or just play, read, go on the computer, colour, all the activities they might do if they went home. The After school club then closes at 5.45pm.