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In the Classroom


We aim to:

“Provide purposeful teaching in structured lessons within a comfortable relaxed atmosphere.”

When children first come to school the foundation laid down by parents forms the starting point for developments in the Reception Class.


Early Years Foundation Stage – Often referred to as Reception


Our Early Years Curriculum offers a broad and balanced learning experience for every child based on the six areas of learning, language, mathematics, knowledge and understanding of the world, creativity, personal and social development. Children come to school with very different levels of confidence and competence and our organised, planned approach gives these young children the chance to acquire and develop a range of skills, knowledge and concepts through activity-based learning experiences. Language development is enhanced by adult interaction and guidance and the pupil/staff ratio is kept as favourable as possible to facilitate this, with additional help from an experienced teaching assistant.


After the Reception year, children progress through Years 1 to 6 before transferring to Year 7 at high school.


Key Stage 1 – Previously referred to as “Infants”. Years 1 to 2.

Key Stage 2 – Previously referred to as “Juniors”. Years 3 to 6.


As children progress through school, knowledge, skills and concepts are introduced at appropriate levels for each child, with staff having high expectations of all children in their work.


A blend of class, group and individual teaching provides appropriate and effective learning situations involving children in a wide range of activities – discussing, experimenting, listening and thinking, problem-solving or engaged in quiet study. Practical work, written work, interactive computer work is just part of a busy and stimulating classroom. Children are encouraged to work with increasing self-discipline, independence and personal organisation.


Some lessons encompass several different areas of the curriculum, often called cross-curricular work. The links between subjects are important for young children, recognising the way in which they view the world.


The following document and video will help your child to ensure they are ready for starting school at Primrose Hill.

School Readiness Leaflet