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THE PREP

Year 3
 

Moving up into the Prep School can seem a little daunting for some, so our preparation for this transition starts in the summer term with the pupils meeting their new teachers for the coming year. Typically they will spend time in their new classrooms and go over what to expect from lessons and the new structure of the day.

All of the lessons in Key Stage 2 are subject based with dedicated lesson time for each. The core subjects of English and Maths naturally are given the greatest time allocation, however, achieving Willington’s vision of developing well-rounded girls and boys is largely due to the broad and balanced curriculum.

Every pupil will receive lessons in the following subjects by their class teacher:

  •      English
  •      Maths
  •      Science
  •      History
  •      Geography
  •      Religious Studies
  •      Classics
  •      Drama

We also have specialist teachers who are masters in their own fields of expertise and take lessons in:

  •      French
  •      Art
  •      Design Technology
  •      Computing
  •      Music
  •      Sport
  •      Physical Education

In Key Stage 2 there is greater emphasis on moving each child to a stage of independence. This is so they are able to move on to their future schools with greater confidence in their own abilities and with a greater skill set and knowledge base.

The children's effort and attainment are carefully monitored throughout the year to ensure that they maintain on course. This also allows for teachers to recognise and respond quickly to any potential diversions.

There is also a dedicated SEN team who ably support children through their life at the school whether it be the academic tasks themselves or by improving skill sets so children are better able to access and utilise information.

Setting good study habits and structure is the key to this year to set a strong foundation for learning higher up the school. 

Year 4 

After setting strong foundations in Year 3, this year is all about the explosion of knowledge. Children are often referred to as sponges thirsty for knowledge and Willington pupils embody this notion. Covering the same broad and balanced curriculum, pupils are stretched with more discovery in their learning. Pupils come alive as they are taken on exciting journeys through each and every subject which helps to consolidate their existing knowledge as well as form new and innovative ideas.

All lessons in Key Stage 2 are subject based with dedicated lesson time for each. The core subjects of English and Maths naturally are given the greatest time allocation, however, achieving Willington’s vision of developing well-rounded girls and boys is largely due to the broad and balanced curriculum.

Every pupil will receive lessons in the following subjects by their class teacher:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Classics
  • Drama

Our specialist teachers take lessons in:

  • French
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Physical Education

By the end of Year 4 the children have a sound grasp of the key concepts and ideas that form the backbone of their subjects. This is what they carry forwards into Year 5 as their preparation for 11+ exams starts.

Willington has and always will pride itself on developing young people with a range of talents and interests. To this end, they are supported in the arts and sport just as much as they are in their core academic subjects. 

Year 5 

This is the year where things ramp up leading to 11+ exams. Greater emphasis is placed on knowledge retention and techniques for answering questions accurately and succinctly. Pupils are monitored and tracked very carefully to ensure that all are heading in the right direction.  

More specialist teachers come into the fold from Year 5 upwards to ensure the highest delivery of content to the children. Every subject now is taught by a subject specialist and this in no doubt contributes to Willington’s proven track record of preparing confident and able children to enter some of the very best secondary schools in the country. This coupled with our ethos of preparing children for the future as opposed to just examinations really does put our children in the best position to progress through the challenges of life.

 

Every pupil will receive lessons in the following subjects taught by specialists:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • History

  • Geography

  • Religious Studies

  • Classics

  • Drama

  • French

  • Art

  • Design Technology

  • Computing

  • Music

  • Sport

  • Physical Education

Although in Year 5 greater emphasis is placed on preparation for exams, we recognise the need for children to play, let off steam on the pitch, have opportunities to show their flair and express themselves and just be children.

Our extended form times that top and tail the week give our children time to look outside the world of Willington and follow an all encompassing PSHE programme. It also allows our teachers time to really get to know each child so that they can manage fears and expectations appropriately in what can be a challenging year.

 

There are two Parents’ Evenings in the year to give you feedback on your child’s progress as well as regular termly reports.

 

Outside of our normal curricular activities our Enrichment Programme offers a plethora of activities and clubs that children can take part in to add balance to their school lives.

 

Year 6 

The first term in Year 6 is very much focussed on exam technique and consolidation of knowledge. More and more pressure seems to be placed on children to perform well at the age of 10 in exams, so our stance is that if they feel thoroughly prepared then there are no surprises to throw or knock their confidence. Perfect preparation does after all equate to perfect performance in most cases and nothing at Willington is left to chance.

 

Again, all the subjects are delivered by subject specialist and a broad and balanced curriculum is followed:

 
  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • History

  • Geography

  • Religious Studies

  • Classics

  • Drama

  • French

  • Art

  • Design Technology

  • Computing

  • Music

  • Sport

  • Physical Education

After the spring half-term greater emphasis is placed on preparing the children for life in their future secondary schools. They are still taught the same subjects but lessons include concepts and ideas that will lay the foundations to a strong start in Year 7. 

It is important for the children to realise the meaning of what they have achieved throughout their time at Willington and also what they leave behind. The journey they have travelled they then use to help and bring through future generations by visiting younger year groups and helping them to read and write with confidence. Our Willington girls and boys are very special individuals and it is being involved in initiatives like the Legacy Programme that keep our Old Willingtonians rooted to the school for a lifetime.