In Class 3, children aged 5+ at the beginning of September will expand on the grounding received in Class 2.
The National Curriculum is followed and children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible. Handwriting skills are taught and tables begin to be learnt in readiness for the more advanced maths work in the Abacus Scheme. All children sing in the Pre-Prep Choir in Class 3 and perform at School events as well as at more public events such as the Sudbury Music Festival.
Children continue to visit places of interest on their termly ‘Out and Abouts’ and in the Summer Term they are able to camp out in tents in the School grounds following their outing. For many children this will be their first experience of camping and it is an exciting experience for all, standing them in good stead for the times when they will camp out with the Prep School in the Derbyshire Dales or climb Ben Nevis or Snowdon.
Class 4 children are at the top of the Pre-Prep Department and they become more independent, starting to move around the School for a small number of lessons in readiness for their admission to Form I of the Prep School.
The full curriculum is followed and pupils have specialist tuition for art, music, French and sport. All children in Class 4 learn to play the recorder and have ‘taster’ sessions on the violin.
Homework is set each day and will generally consist of reading and spelling with perhaps some extra homework once a week in maths and English.
Children in Class 4 continue with Abacus and follow various reading schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree, Usborne Young Readers and The Bug Club and many children will become ‘free readers’ during this year, having completed the set books. Children in Class 4 are given additional responsibilities with regard to the younger children in the Pre-Prep and this also helps develop confidence. In the September following their 7th birthday, children enter the Prep School.