Prep III
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Prep III

The Upper Prep begins in Prep III, where the children start to join in swimming and games sessions with the older children.  This allows them to progress in physical skills as far and as fast as their ability allows, pitting themselves against children of equal ability rather than just of equal age.  The option of sailing is available and those who select it are taken to Polkerris for an afternoon in Pico dinghies each week during the summer term and the first half of the autumn term.  Sports fixtures happen regularly; from cross country to football, rugby or netball matches in winter to athletics or rounders in the summer and swimming all year round.

Maths and English, which continue to form the bedrock of the children'€™s education, are taught by the class teacher.  However science, history, ICT, French, geography and art in addition to music are now taught by specialist staff.  This gives the children an opportunity to experience a range of teaching approaches and prepares them for further specialism in future years.  There is the additional benefit of continuity of teaching throughout the rest of the school, as these teachers will now educate the children in their specialism until they leave Roselyon.

A greater range of lunchtime and after-school clubs becomes available with entry into the Upper Prep.  Some are run by professional staff, others by members of school staff.  These can change each term but often include golf, tennis, rugby and football, cookery, first aid, art and juggling.  The children now have the energy to take on more activities and still manage to complete homework tasks in the give timeframe. 

Inevitably, homework increases again in Prep III with Reading, spellings, tables and tasks for English, maths and science.  There is occasional leeway on due dates if there is an important sports club or cubs after a school activity but most children take a pride in completing the set tasks by the due date.  Independence is important in Prep III and homework diaries are the responsibility of the children, who are expected to ask their parent to sign each evening to agree that the tasks set have been completed.  Reading diaries are checked regularly to ensure that regular reading is taking place outside the classroom as well as inside it '€“ we expect that the children should read with an adult five days each week with additional personal reading time.  Books are selected in the Library each week and the children learn to enjoy selecting a variety of novels to suit their taste, recommending to teachers and friends alike those which have particularly interested them. 

The children enjoy their busy lives and take a pride in balancing their work, sport and leisure activities.