Children are not things to be moulded but people to be unfolded

Jess Lair

Educational Philosophy

No two children are the same

Every child learns differently. Accordingly we embrace different teaching methods including Montessori (for our younger children). The freedom to refine and utilise different methods, combined with small class sizes, allows us to tailor our teaching approach to each individual child.

Life is co-ed and our children benefit from being in an environment where girls and boys learn from each other.

This dynamic is particularly beneficial when we set children challenging tasks, or encourage them to work (and play) in teams.

Importantly they are taught that effort is important and always appreciated. That not all mistakes are negative, but are a positive sign that they are being challenged. Not being afraid to make a mistake increases learning and achievement.

A good education can change anyone. A good teacher can change everything

Subjects

More than just the basics

Teaching for the youngest children combines the Montessori method and the requirements of the statutory early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The syllabus followed has been specifically developed by the school to meet the needs of our pupils.

We offer a broad balanced curriculum which gives a thorough grounding in English and maths and is also enhanced by lessons in science, computing, humanities, religious education (RE), French, music, physical education, art/design technology and personal, social, health & citizenship education (PSHCE). From age 9 the children also study Latin.

SUBJECTS IN DETAIL

Breakdown of Classes

Our year group structure

LOWER SCHOOL
The Nursery:  age 3 to 4
Reception:  age 4 to 5
Year 1:  age 5 to 6
Year 2:  age 6 to 7

Transfer to the Upper School is automatic.

UPPER SCHOOL
Year 3:  age 7 to 8
Year 4:  age 8 to 9
Year 5:  age 9 to 10
Year 6:  age 10 to 11

Parents are offered in-depth information and advice in choosing a subsequent school that will best suit their individual child.

ResulTS AND FUTURE SCHOOLS

Testing

Tracking individual progress

We monitor progress using teachers’ assessments combined with tests which provide standardised national norms. This allows us to track the individual progress of every child.

Testing is operated unobtrusively to the point that younger children do not even realise they are being tested. Little do they know their results allow us to fine-tune their personalised learning programme.

Whole-school screening is also used at various points to make sure children are reaching their potential.

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child

Maria Montessori

Montessori

Embracing Montessori

Although developed in the early 20th century, Montessori remains a buzz word in education today.

At Prospect House School, selected aspects of the Montessori philosophy are included in our teaching methods for our younger children, simply because they work extremely well. All the more so when incorporated with the early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The Montessori method centres on mental and physical freedom and child-initiated learning. This encourages pupils to explore concepts and develop skills through their choices and interaction with specially-designed apparatus and materials.

Montessori offers a journey of active personal discovery rather than passive learning and consistently proves to be an invaluable launch to the start of academic life.

Learning Support

Helping every child to fly

Alongside the observations of staff, the school’s screening programme is specifically designed to detect, at an early stage, those children who may need additional help.

Children may experience difficulty with some aspects of their learning or they may have a specific diagnosis such as dyslexia.

All our specialist support teachers are qualified to work with children with specific learning difficulties. We also have close ties with a speech and language therapist, physiotherapist and visual perceptual therapist, who can all help to support the children in school.

Learning support is a positive experience to ensure every child makes the best possible progress. Lessons support work in the classroom and teach strategies to support any specific difficulties.