Pre-Prep (Age 5-7)

The Pre-Prep department at Brackenfield comprises three year groups: Reception (with strong links to both EYFS and Pre-Prep), Year 1 and Year 2. Small class sizes and high staff - child ratiosensure that each child is individually challenged and supported throughout the curriculum.


Our emphasis in the Pre-Prep Department is to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the foundation core subjects of Mathematics and English, providing a very solid springboard for later development in other subjects. We consider the National Curriculum Guidelines when planning programmes of study for individuals, and place our own strong, traditional emphasis on the basic skills of Numeracy and Literacy, supporting or challenging each pupil as appropriate.

Scientific investigation is explored by each group and lessons are often based on practical investigations. The subjects of Geography, History, Science, Art, Design Technology and ICT are taught to develop and encourage the young child’s enquiring mind.

All children in the Pre-Prep Department enjoy Music, Drama, French, PSHCE and Sport lessons which are taught by specialist staff. Personal, social and emotional development are given high priority in our curriculum. We aim to foster attitudes that promote respect, care, politeness and helpfulness towards others as well as developing self-esteem and independence.