Years 1-6 Curriculum

Years 1-6 Curriculum

Academic Stretch and Challenge

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. 


The Curriculum and Academic Support - The Prep School at Glyn House from Years 1 – 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. We believe it is vital to equip our children with the skills they will need for their future. We hold weekly Current Affairs discussions with our pupils enabling them to participate in thought provoking discussions and giving them a voice. Across the key stages, our curriculum has sustainability themes running throughout and our Year 6 pupils enjoy a bespoke programme encouraging them to be Earth stewards and protectors of the natural world. 

We are passionate about the development of oracy and children have regular opportunities to present in front of different audiences, engage in student voice activities and participate in debating and public speaking events. We also want our children to become critical and creative thinkers who are willing to take risks and question the world around them. One of the ways we do this is through our weekly Philosophy for Children lessons (P4C) which begin with our youngest learners.  

Specialist teaching begins from Year 1 upwards benefitting from specialist language teaching as well as expert music and PE teachers. In addition, our Year 5 and 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. One of the many benefits from being part of a Through School is that our Prep and Senior School teachers work very closely together, often working together to blend excellent teaching and specialist knowledge so that our children are as ready for Senior School as they can be. The children have the opportunity to make full use of the extensive grounds in their weekly Forest School lessons, giving them the space to grow. 

Children are taught in mixed ability groups, setting only for Maths from Year 4 onwards. 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.  

Our open-door policy as well as regular reporting and parent information evenings results in a positive relationship between pupils, parents and staff. 

PSHE & RSE Overview

Learning Support in the Preparatory School 

Ewell Castle is an inclusive school providing differentiated learning for all pupils, paying close attention to individual needs.  Our year groups have a Learning Support Assistant assigned and are placed where the needs are the greatest.   

Our team comprises Learning Support Assistants and is led by our SENCo, who is Head of Learning Support. Each Assistant has a particular area of focus.  As a team, we offer a range of interventions, including, maths, English, touch-typing, sensory circuits and social skills.  Pupils are invited to these interventions and these take place before a school day.  During the school day, the Learning Support Assistants will work with groups of children to support independent learning in the classroom.  The Head of Learning Support is a Dyslexia Specialist and offers bespoke individual lessons delivered in response to assessments and in liaison with class teachers and parents.  These individual sessions are charged at an extra cost. (Click HERE for Finance leaflet)

We have ELSA (Emotional Literary Support Assistant) support and pupils can access a six-week Emotional Literacy Support programme tailored to their specific need.   In addition, we have access to a peripatetic Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Behavioural Consultant.   

Curriculum Overviews by Year Group - at September 2023

Year 1 Curriculum Overview       Year 2 Curriculum Overview  Year 3 Curriculum Overview 

Year 4 Curriculum Overview    Year 5 Curriculum Overview   Year 6 Curriculum Overview