Lower School

The Perfect Solution For Children Aged Between Four And Seven

Children begin their journey on our Putney Bridge Road site at the age of four, when they join one of our three Reception classes. Geographically, the Reception unit is housed within its own specific accommodation, a school-within-a-school on the ground floor of our purpose-built learning environment. The children enjoy light and airy classrooms that open out onto our playground and have their own hall space- the Discovery Zone. Philosophically, though, Reception are very much part of Lower School. Our first challenge to them upon joining us is to complete their Early Learning Goals. However, once we are sure of their proficiency at completing these independently, we don’t hold them back. They launch into National Curriculum materials for Years 1 and 2, but only when it is right for them to do so- and they love every minute of the discoveries that they make.

Our Lower School classes always have two adults working with them: fully qualified and experienced teachers and learning assistants. We believe that imagination and excitement in children of this age are best fostered and developed through cross-curricular teaching themes. Exciting termly topics such as Once Upon a Time, All Creatures Great and Small, At the Seaside, Turrets & Tiaras, Faraway Lands, London and Forces & Movement add sparkle to the children’s learning which (behind the scenes!) is planned in a traditional subject-centred manner, to ensure pupils encounter everything in the National Curriculum- and go far, far beyond it.

In Reception, children stay with their class teachers for the majority of the teaching day. However, from the very first day of school, some subjects are taught by specialists. These include Physical Education (including Ballet and Karate, delivered by a team of former sporting professionals who are also fully qualified sports coaches and qualified teachers with extensive experience of good primary school practice), Modern Foreign Languages (both French and Spanish in Reception, then a free choice of language for the remaining years) and Music.