As the children move up into the Prep School, there are some noticeable changes to the experience for the children. There are a wide range of after school activities to choose from and with the school day finishing at 4:30pm, the children will experience more contact time with experienced, specialist teachers, many of whom will continue to teach them until the end of Year 8.

This extension of the school day allows for more time to be spent on sporting activities, Drama and Music as well as an enhanced and challenging curriculum.

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From Year 3 upwards, children will participate in a range of sports within the PE and Games curriculum including Netball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Gymnastics, Swimming, Cricket and Athletics. All children will represent Skippers in fixtures and competitions as part of the extensive sports fixtures which take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Whilst there are new experiences, the children will notice a continuation of the foundations laid in the Pre-Prep such as Outdoor Learning, increased access and use of Chromebooks and regular trips and outings to enhance the children’s learning.  The academic syllabus is developed further and the topics covered will be continuously referred back to throughout the remainder of their time at Skippers, building on and developing skills year on year in the progression to senior school transition. The rigour of the Common Entrance syllabus in English, Maths and Science, which begins in Year 6 and is supported by the progress made in Years 3, 4 and 5, lays an excellent foundation for the transition to GCSEs, whilst the breadth of our Global, Social and Ethics Programme in Year 7 supports the development of transferable skills cross-curricular thinking.

Senior school preparation is supported with targeted Study Skills lessons, focusing on a range of activities. Skippers has made an active decision to enhance the use of Chromebooks across the curriculum to allow for a continual and integrated understanding of ICT and its practical implications and to encourage independence, as opposed to having designated ICT lessons.

Children continue to develop their own identity and are encouraged to explore every avenue that is presented to them, including a wide variety of opportunities for personal development and leadership responsibilities such as House Captains, School Council Representatives and Charity Committee Members. The children are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and understand the importance of the skills they are developing; upon moving to the top of the school, the Year 8 children can be elected as School Prefects, with a wide range of duties to help develop their confidence and enable them to practise a new range of skills.