From the ages of 3 to 7 pupils are based in the Pre-Prep which comprises of FS1 Nursery, FS2, Year 1 and Year 2. The classrooms, indoor and outdoor learning spaces are purpose-built, spacious and well-equipped with a wide range of learning materials available to challenge the children.
In addition, the children are also able to make use of facilities such as our Swimming Pool, Sports’ Hall, Dance Studio and Auditorium.
Throughout the Pre-Prep class sizes are small and each has a well-qualified and experienced classroom teacher supported by a teaching assistant. We provide the children in the Pre-Prep with a broad and balanced curriculum with valuable experience-based learning opportunities and a structured learning environment. This allows each child to be nurtured and develop at their own pace. In a supportive, caring, secure, happy and creative environment, they develop in line with our ethos, to fulfil their potential.
In our FS1 Nursery we provide a healthy balance between free play and a more teacher-directed, structured approach to learning through play and engendering curiosity within each child. Under the framework of the UK Early Years Foundation Skills curriculum, children learn to be confident and independent, developing respect for themselves and others and social skills. In FS2 the children continue to learn within this programme with great importance placed on literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills.
In Year 1 and 2 the curriculum continues to involve activity and investigation to enable pupils to think for themselves and to solve problems. Whilst maintaining the expectations of the UK national curriculum, the Cranleigh curriculum offers more by adding an international context while embedding core values such as kindness, respect, responsibility and collaboration.
The well-rounded curriculum is further complemented by specialist teaching in P.E., swimming and Music from FS1 Nursery. The ADEK curriculum for Arabic (native and non-native) and Islamic Studies for Muslim children is introduced from Year 2. FS1 Nursery pupils have half an hour Arabic introduction a week together with a weekly opportunity for native Arabic speakers to do classroom activities in Arabic. FS2 and Year 1 have an hour of Arabic a week as an introduction to this curriculum, with an additional hour for native Arabic pupils in Year 1.