Settling in at 7+
Located in a separate building with its own garden space, we offer our youngest pupils a safe and secure environment in which to thrive.
Our focus in the Lower First Year is to support the boys as they learn to explore their new surroundings, develop their talents, and become thoughtful, independent young men.
Most lessons are ‘home periods’, taught in the classrooms in Colet House by the Form Tutors. A classroom assistant is also on hand to provide extra help, either for one-to-one support for small group work. For the rest of the timetable, specialist teachers deliver their subjects in dedicated teaching areas: Science, French, Music, Drama, Forest School and PE & Games. Our aim is to inspire intellectual curiosity, broaden the boys’ horizons and foster a love of learning.
Outside the classroom we offer a vast array of extra-curricular activities, including Aikido, Chess, Lego, Sudoko, sports clubs and many more. There are also several trips and workshops throughout the year, including an initial teambuilding day in the first full week of the school year, a Christmas trip to the pantomime and a Science trip to Barnes Wetland Centre in the summer term.
With full days, we try not to overload the boys with homework. During the week boys will focus on reading and a little bit of Maths or English, whereas the weekend’s homework is likely to come from one of a wide range of subjects.The homework diary provides valuable two-way communication between home and school. Parents’ evenings and reports are important, of course, but parents are encouraged to contact Form Tutors, or the Head of Year, whenever they feel a quick chat is necessary.