Our new headmaster, Matthew Faulkner, has written a short feature on parents having e-safety conversations with their children sooner rather than later for Angels & Urchins. It’s now live on their site – read it here.
We are an independent prep school for boys and girls from Reception to Year 6. Known to our families as PGP, our building and grounds are in the heart of Fulham, a stone’s throw from Parsons Green.
We are a truly independent school – not part of any larger group and not constrained in how or what our children learn. Our teaching takes the best bits of the National Curriculum and supplements it with the knowledge and passions of our dedicated teachers. We teach not just for the inevitable exams at the end, but for the journey itself. The extract below encapsulates our approach; for the full poem (it is well worth a read) click here.
We are proud of our village school atmosphere and our children thrive in the amazing space we can offer them and the attention we can give them. They go on to some of the best schools in London (and further afield), armed with rock-solid academic foundations, an appreciation of the wonderful world around them and very happy memories.
As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Reception is a time for your child to discover, question, predict, research, create and investigate possibilities about themselves and the world around them through play. It is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This year is designed to prepare your child for their next step into Key Stage 1. It is a critical time in your child’s development and we support your child’s growth in this period of rapid physical, intellectual, emotional and social change. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term.
By now, your child will have settled in and knows what to expect. Schoolwork becomes more structured as your child progresses into Year 1 and children encounter new learning experiences. We work closely with each child, giving them the support they need to tackle more challenging tasks and extending tasks for those who need stretching. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term.
Your child will be growing in confidence across a range of subjects. The children delve more deeply into the individual subject areas, including maths, literacy and science. Progressing through the school, they gradually take on more responsibility and learn to work more independently. We work closely with your child to provide the support and skills they need to progress. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term
Year 3 is the beginning of Key Stage 2. This Key Stage runs from Year 3 through to Year 6, with your child taking the 11+ examinations in Year 6 and moving to their senior school. Children gain further insight into their individual subjects. In literacy, they continue to write stories with a focus on sentence structure, grammar, story planning and story writing. Children will be increasingly familiar with a wide range of writing techniques including persuasive, fiction and non-fiction writing. In maths, the children will be taught new mathematical concepts including fractions, angles and interpreting data. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term
Your child’s schoolwork and homework will continue to become more challenging. It is useful for parents to take a look at the topics that will be covered at the beginning of each term so that you can help with questions your child might ask. In Year 4, your child will engage in a wider range of activities and subject teaching will become more in-depth. There are plenty of new learning experiences and opportunities to develop new skills. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term.
In Year 5 your child will begin more focused preparation for the 11+ exams in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, building on the skills which have been developed since introducing verbal and non-verbal reasoning in Year 3. While examination preparation becomes more important, children continue to enjoy a rich curriculum, taking part in STEM, music, drama and sport. Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term.
In Year 6 your child will be tested formally by written examinations for entry into their preferred secondary school. Maths and English tests are the focus of many 11+ exams and your child may be required to complete verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests. Children are taught exam and interview techniques to maximise their performance during exams and interviews. After the exams, the focus will be on project-based work.Please see the topic map below for an overview of the Creative Curriculum for this term.
Le French Programme is running another one of their fabulous Christmas Clubs from Monday 16 to Friday 20 December at Parsons Green Prep in Fulham. The club will consist of French classes, workshops, songs and other really fun activities. It’s for all levels of French and open to all children from 3 to 10 years…
Mr Neil, our wonderful school administrator, is running another gong bath on Thursday 28 November at 7.30pm. It will be held in our school hall at Parsons Green Prep in Fulham. Described as a self-healing sound adventure, guests can lie back and relax as he plays an ensemble of ancient instruments that will take you…