Reception to Year 2

Our children enjoy learning with a topic based approach. We read and learn English and Maths daily and give the children access to many other parts of the curriculum in an enjoyable and memorable fashion.

At Brambletye academic skills are developed through carefully planned schemes of work that follow and extend the National Curriculum, ensuring that children are not over burdened with constant testing. We seek to prepare children for the challenges of the Prep School and ultimately Common Entrance examinations. The Pre-Prep is an integral part of the Brambletye experience and as such the children have weekly contact with the Directors of Sport, Music and French, as well as benefitting from use of the theatre, swimming pool, sports hall, pitches and dining room.

All studies show that smaller class sizes (up to 15 children) and more specialist teachers result in higher educational standards and levels of achievement, and to this end, all children from Reception onwards receive specialist teaching in French, Music, PE, Swimming and Modern Dance or Sport.

From Reception, every child will read daily to the teacher or teaching assistant and will select a reading book of a similar level to bring home to share with an adult every day. In this way we hope to engender proficiency and a love of reading.

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All children in the Pre-Prep, from the littlest to biggest, are encouraged to participate in assemblies, concerts, end of term plays and, of course, the Christmas Play. The children also enjoy the use of the purpose-built School Theatre in the Prep School.

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ICT is integrated effectively in all areas of the curriculum – preparing our pupils for an increasingly digital world.

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Supported by the outstanding Prep School Music teachers, but in their own Pre-Prep Music Room, pupils from Reception upwards may choose to learn to play a musical instrument, such as trombone, bassoon, violin, guitar and piano.

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Throughout Brambletye, sport and physical activity are considered integral to the curriculum and philosophy of the school.

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Learning Development

At the Pre-Prep we have a dedicated Learning Support Teacher who works with children who may benefit from specialist one-to-one support.

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Booster Groups

All children in Year 1 & 2 attend Booster Groups during the term….these very small, focused groups enable every child to meet their full potential.

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Stay & Play

A Stay & Play facility is offered after school, every day, from 3.15pm to 5.45pm, for children from 3 years upwards.

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Pre-Prep children from Reception upwards can choose from a variety of after school clubs: Tennis, Yoga, Rugby, Art Club, Junk Modelling… to name but a few.

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Visit Us

Please click on the link below to contact our Registrar, Harriet Tarnoy, and arrange a visit to meet the children and staff who make Brambletye such a special place.

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