TEACHING TO A HIGHER STANDARD
English at Gidea Park Prep is at the heart of the curriculum and is taught by the form teacher in small classes. The ability to communicate effectively, infer accurately and respond with sensitivity is vital to a child’s development and subsequent contribution to society.
From Nursery and Reception, all pupils are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills to enable them to communicate well. A structured phonics programme is in place in the early years to ensure that our pupils progress through a planned pathway to become independent readers by the time they enter the Prep Department.
The involvement and enjoyment of parents in helping their child to develop this precious skill is actively encouraged. The ability to write in a meaningful way is developed alongside reading.
We believe that the key to success in English depends on a strong foundation in the core skills. At Gidea Park Prep, we are confident that in the Prep Department, we deliver an English curriculum that supports your child in the run up to and during the transition to their senior school of choice.
The emphasis changes subtly as pupils are encouraged to develop the skills of inference and deduction alongside the important skills of grammatical awareness, spelling and presentation They will also learn the art of careful listening, which is an essential skill in all aspects of school life.
Much emphasis is placed on discussion and the formation of individual opinions, and a balance is sought between linguistic and literary, oral and written, creative and mechanical skills. We focus on literacy skills and children are urged to read every day to develop their vocabulary and ability to analyse more complex texts.
Pupils will work on basic techniques for verbal and non-verbal reasoning and regular testing will help them to get used to the length of time they have to complete a variety of different tasks. This helps to prepare them for the rigours of more formal testing as they move on to senior school.
Pupils are also given opportunities to enhance their learning by activities such as plays, poetry reading and World Book Day.