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As the start of the transition between Early Years and the Upper Prep, Prep I has an emphasis on maths and language work. Daily phonics sessions and individual reading ensure that each child is given the best possible start in literacy. The children have spellings to learn each week and a homework task each evening in addition to progressing through reading books. Number and shape work become more complex and the children begin to move towards abstract number concepts although they are still supported with concrete aids whenever necessary.
Art takes place i the Art Room and the children experience using a wide range of materials and begin to study the work of artists to explore their techniques as well as creating from their own imaginations. Music is studies in the Music Room and the children start to sing in the Lower School Choir, which gives performances at major school events such as the Harvest Festival and Christmas services. Drama and verse speaking are introduced and some children each year are prepared to take part in the St Austell Festival verse speaking competitions.
Each term the children study two topics which include humanities and science and trips are planned to support this area of the curriculum. French lessons are timetabled and the children learn to speak and listen in a foreign language.
Games, PE and swimming form part of each week and the children enjoy reaching targets set for them as well as taking part in competitions. In the summer there is a sports day in which the children race on the back field in the school grounds, ending with a 'marathon' of two laps of the field for those with energy and stamina intact!
The classroom is designed for children to enjoy learning and to begin to appreciate the structure of a school day. The reading tent is a popular venue for those with time on their hands but with careful extension of those with a skill and support for those who need a little extra, there is rarely a moment in their busy days when Prep I children are looking for something to do.