What We Offer
On top of following the National Curriculum, the Pre-Prep have timetabled lessons in the following subjects, all of which are taught by our professional and inspiring teachers.
P.E. is taught to all our age groups from Reception upwards, with children having two lessons a week with a P.E. specialist from the Prep School. The children learn balance, coordination, ball skills and an element of competitiveness. This is demonstrated during our summer sports day where every child has the chance to tale part in their class races and win medals.
Individual instrumental tuition is available to any child provided their hands are big enough to cope with the instrument they wish to play and that they have lots of enthusiasm. Lessons can be arranged for 15 to 30 minutes, dependent on the concentration level of the pupil, and are always with the class teacher's agreement. The Director of Music is always happy to talk to parents about possible instrumental lessons.
The children are encouraged to get on stage from an early age and we have several performances throughout the year where parents are warmly welcomed to come and see our dramatics in action. Reception, Class 1 and 2 receive weekly drama lessons with a specialist drama teacher. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) courses are available upon request from our head of Dramatic Arts as an optional specialism in Class 2, and we are looking to offer lessons privately or in small groups to Reception and Class 1.
At Abberley we firmly believe that learning a new language for the first time should be an exciting, vibrant experience and we introduce languages from an early age. In the Pre-prep the children follow a course called ‘Salut Céline et Antoine!’ which lasts for 2 years and is adapted to the 7 to 9 age range. The methodology is based on real communication situations suited to the interests, experience and social development of the age group. Children learn through a variety of oral and practical activities, with the addition of reading and writing as they progress through the course.
We provide timetabled music lessons with our Prep School music specialist from the Nursery onwards. The children are taught instruments, singing, rhythm and melodies in our lessons and they perform in concerts throughout the school year.
From Nursery upwards all our children have access to our indoor heated swimming pool and receive weekly lessons from our qualified swimming instructors - learning the basics up to the badges!