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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


Thornton Scholarship Examination - Monday 3 February 2020. Registration now open for current Year 2 pupils



In Pre-Prep, the teaching of English incorporates many aspects of the Government's Primary Framework, working on speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting.


There is a structured, wide ranging Reading Scheme, allowing children to progress and be challenged at their individual level. Children also regularly take part in Shared and Guided Reading, with a firm emphasis on phonics, where pupils are encouraged to become independent, enthusiastic readers.


The English Curriculum is taught by the Class Teacher, with the support of Teaching Assistants. Whole class teaching is the predominant mode of working, with individual and group work being used where appropriate. Each class takes part in a weekly library lesson where the School's Librarian is there to talk about the range of books available for the children to borrow for the week, as well as encourage them to read both fiction and non-fiction.


Children are introduced to a wide range of material from a variety of cultures and traditions, including poetry, myths and legends, work by a range of children's authors and illustrators, traditional tales and stories. Links and connections are made, wherever possible, to other subjects and topics covered in Geography, RE and History.


Each year the School celebrates World Book Day by taking part in a variety of activities, including dressing up as characters from the children's favourite books. We also invite guest authors and illustrators into School to talk about their work.