The Prep School at Glyn House - Years 3 – 6
We are passionate about helping the children to become independent, resilient and motivated learners. At Glyn House a broad, balanced and varied curriculum is offered to the children. Although we closely follow the National Curriculum we also have the flexibility to branch off at times and follow other areas of research and enquiry often capitalising on the children’s own interests. In addition to the core curriculum children follow a PSHEE programme each week and have a Philosophy for children lesson (P4C) every Monday morning.
At Key Stage 2 children are taught in mixed ability groups, setting only for Maths. All teachers have high expectations of children, fully supporting them to reach their full potential via carefully planned differentiated lessons; children are encouraged to become independent learners by self-selecting appropriate challenges. In addition, our Year 6 children have the opportunity to attend some lessons at the Senior School, enjoying the benefits of a full Science Laboratory, Design and Technology and ICT suites.
Academic Transition Programme To Prepare Our Pupils for Year 7
We are a through school and it is our expectation that the majority of pupils at Ewell Castle Prep School will transition through to our Senior School, also on Church Street. The Prep School staff have developed an Academic Transition Programme for our pupils, which begins in Year 4 and continues throughout Year 6. It includes activities such as Thinking Skills lessons, Philosophy For Children and opportunities for the our pupils to practise exam style questions in preparation for Year 7 entrance tests which ensures our pupils are confident and well prepared.
At Ewell Castle Preparatory School we have high expectations of all pupils and ensure that each receive the support and challenge necessary to help them to develop their full potential irrespective of starting points. We recognise the importance of identifying a wide range of abilities and talents and of providing opportunities to nurture them. In addition to this, we recognise that in order to progress and achieve their full potential, Higher Learner Potential (HLP) pupils need to receive a higher level of challenge than the majority; this register is updated on a regular basis through on-going assessments. We ensure these children are stretched through competitions with other schools, visiting speakers, additional workshops and extension groups. Many of our children go on to sit the scholarship exam for entry into the Senior School at our recommendation.
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Building Learning Power (BLP)
At Ewell Castle Prep School, we are on a journey to grow our ‘Learning Power’. We are all learning to be better learners.
We follow Professor Guy Claxton’s work closely on Building Learning Power (BLP). Guy Claxton’s work suggests that there are four key learning dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity. The four Rs of learning. Each of the four Rs are relates to learning muscles.
We teach the children about these skills and the learning muscles. They learn that just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kinds of exercise, we can also exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina.
We use BLP to develop our ‘Language for Learning’ in school and this enables us to engage all pupils in a conversation of how we learn. It is our intention that the children use the language for learning to explain ways in which they achieved or approached tasks and how they can move on to the next chapter in their learning. To engage all of our learners, particularly in the younger years, we have introduced ‘learning experts’, in the form of cuddly toy mascots, to reflect each of the four Rs of learning.
The key elements of this disposition are Perseverance, Noticing, Managing Distractions and Absorption. The children learn how to stay locked onto their learning, the importance of never giving up and the benefits of learning when getting un-stuck. Our Learning Expert for this area is Incy Spider.
The key elements of this disposition are Questioning, Capitalising, Making Links, Reasoning and Imagining. The children develop their ability to ask and answer questions, use resources around them to help them with their learning, make links between the different areas of their learning and of course, use their imaginations! Our learning expert for this area is Resourceful Ratty.
The key elements of this disposition are Planning, Meta-learning, Distilling and Revising. The children will learn how and why they learn and will be encouraged to regularly look back on their learning to see whether they have met their targets and objectives. They will be asked to think about future targets and areas for improvement. Our learning expert for this area is Reflective Parrot.
The key elements of this disposition are Imitation, Interdependence, Listening and Collaboration. The children will learn how, why and when it is best to learn on their own, with a partner or within a group and develop the skills they need to be a valued member of a team and a learning community. Our learning experts for this area are two meerkats named Give and Take.