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At Eagle House, our overriding aim is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum through which the children are stimulated and challenged to reach their full potential.  

Our curriculum is engaging and relevant with many opportunities for real-life learning to ensure our pupils are fully prepared for their senior schools and their future lives.

Although a non-selective school, our results are impressive with 100% pass rate at Common Entrance and each year our Year 8 pupils win academic scholarships to a range of senior schools.

We ask our pupils to adopt a growth mindset, strive to achieve their best and opt in to all the challenges presented to them. In return we will inspire and enthuse, excite and nurture and show them how to learn, ensuring they are fully prepared to continue Learning for Life.

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Years 3 and 4 form the first two years of the Prep School.  These classes are grouped together and form a secure and nurturing Junior Department within the main teaching building.  

There are three form tutors in each year group and these tutors teach the children for English and Maths.  The Junior Department works closely with the Pre-Prep to continue the IPC (International Primary Curriculum), to teach Science, History and Geography through relevant and exciting thematic units.  This is also delivered by the form teachers providing the children with excellent continuity in the core academic subjects.  The children enjoy the opportunity to visit specialist teachers for Music, Art, Design, IT, PE Mandarin and French with these members of staff linking their teaching to the IPC where relevant.  In addition the pupils in Years 3 and 4 enjoy a 90 minute Games lesson 3 days a week plus every pupil given the opportunity to play sports matches against other schools each week.

Years 5 & 6 form the middle years in the Prep School at Eagle House.  From Year 5 onwards, all subjects are taught by specialist teachers: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RS, LFL+, French, Art, Design (including Food Technology, Textiles & Coding), Music & Philosophy, and Latin is introduced to the curriculum. 

The children also spend one and a half hours a week involved in the Golden Eagle Programme to explore even more diverse areas of the curriculum such as life saving, photography and bushcraft. From Year 5, ICT is such a fundamental part of all learning it is no longer seen as a discrete subject. By this age, our students have acquired a good set of IT skills that they can apply in all subject areas, enabling ICT to become fully integrated within the curriculum as a whole.

Increased independence in learning is the focus in these formative middle years and the children are encouraged to be more responsible for their own learning and attainment. Children are set subject specific targets and have frequent discussions with their teachers to help plan their next steps so that they can reach their goals.  

Efforts grades awarded every 3 weeks enable children to judge how well they are performing and what they need to do to improve their performance in the classroom. Independent learning skills are also explicitly taught through our Ex-Pro enrichment sessions every other week. Children are taught about the importance of time management and learn a range of research and presentation skills through the completion of a range of stimulating and relevant tasks and mini projects.

In Years 7 & 8, the senior years of the Prep School, the children continue to experience a rich and rigorous curriculum.  

As they approach the end of their time at prep school, preparation for entrance exams to senior schools via Common Entrance, Academic Scholarships or other independent examinations becomes a main focus. Ex-Pro sessions teach pupils how to study effectively and provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to reflect on how they learn best. Pupils are now confident learners and use their subject targets and effort grades to monitor their progress alongside discussion with their form tutor.

During these final two years at Prep School, the children learn the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between academic studies and participation in all other areas of school life. The opportunities in these year groups from the arts and sport are plentiful and the children are taught how to manage their time effectively and are positively encouraged to embrace all the opportunities that are on offer.

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