Our Pre Prep block is a colourful and vibrant department where every boy and girl matters. The walls in the bright and airy classrooms are covered with the pupils own work, of which they are all very proud. Each classroom has a full-time teacher and some a support teacher too, ensuring every pupil has one-to-one time to further their learning every day.
Each day is busy and fun-filled with the pupils being taught a wide range of academic subjects, which include weekly drama, music and language lessons taught by subject specialist teachers.
Staff:pupil ratios are kept deliberately low to ensure the highest possible quality of provision is offered to our pupils at such an important stage in their education.
Our Early Years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), giving the boys and girls a broad learning journey where reading, writing and number work are taught through hands-on and fun activities. The outside areas are a wonderful place for interactive games and relationship building at this early age. Learning through play is incorporated into daily planning ensuring the pupils achieve the highest levels before moving onto the National Curriculum. Pupils also enjoy regular access to our wonderful Forest School and Woodland Garden.
Each Early Years class (Pre Reception and Reception) is taught by a specialist, qualified teacher and supported by trained Early Years support staff which allows a great deal of small group work: this enables pupils of different abilities to work at an appropriately challenging level.
From the beginning at Riddlesworth Hall, we emphasise the importance of literacy and numeracy, but also importantly the need to build each pupil’s confidence. There are many ways we begin to support pupils in doing this but one way is by teaching them music, drama and swimming through subject specialist teachers. This enables the pupils to become comfortable with a small number of additional teachers and to receive the best possible introduction to the wider curriculum.