Long Close Prep School
We offer a broad curriculum at Long Close Prep School. From the outset we place great emphasis on the core subjects of English and Mathematics, but we also introduce even the youngest children to Science, Spanish, History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art and Design, Drama and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Our topic work allows us to promote this cross-curricular approach whilst developing the children’s curiosity about the world.
We believe that the early development of good literacy skills is essential to open up the full breadth of our curriculum. We therefore introduce phonics from Nursery into KS1 and KS2 through the acclaimed Read Write Inc scheme. This has earned Long Close an accreditation as a Ruth Miskin Model School – evidence, again, of our commitment to quality teaching.
The breadth of our education is matched by an unusual depth. At all levels of the school – but especially in Years 3 and above – our children are taught by specialist teachers. This not only improves academic results; it also allows pupils to experience the passion that our teachers have for their subjects.
We believe this plays a key role in establishing a positive attitude to learning that serves our pupils well as they progress to Senior School.
Children are taught core curriculum subjects: English, Maths, Science, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Spanish, History, Geography, Music, Design Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education (PE lesson, Games session and Swimming), Art, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Enrichment
The 11+ curriculum is embedded from Year 1. Pupils sitting the exam also benefit from additional study clubs from Year 5. To see a full breakdown of our provision, click here.
After school, children have a wide variety of fun and exciting clubs to choose from. These run from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. Read more here.
Every week, children in Long Close Preparatory School enjoy an enrichment curriculum that is designed to add value, enrich knowledge and tap into unknown potential. Children can choose from a variety of classes including fitness, dance and drama, school newspaper, media club, mindfulness and cross stitch.
The emphasis of homework is on the consolidation of key concepts learnt during the school week. Challenge homework will be provided where appropriate. Topic homework will also be set where pupils have the opportunity to take part in some creative tasks.