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Curriculum overview

 

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is based on the National Curriculum but not restricted by it. Extensive use is made of our fabulous historic grounds and of the outstanding local area in which we are situated.

Breadth of Curriculum

Pupils in the Preparatory School study the following subjects:

English

Art

Mathematics

Design Technology

Science

Spanish (from Year 1)

ICT

French (from Year 3)

History

Home Economics (Year 6)

Geography

Drama

Religious Education

Music

Physical Education

Singing

 

1. Sport plays a key role in the curriculum and after English and Mathematics, has the highest weekly time allocation.

2. We have specialist teachers for numerous subjects from Year 1 and offer specialist teaching for all subjects in Years 5 and 6.

3. We have specialist rooms for ICT, Art and Music and Jubilee Hall for performances.

4. Our peripatetic teachers offer a wealth of options in music, tennis, ballet and drama.

5. SPS has developed a fine reputation for Performing Arts. Our productions and musical concerts are of the highest standard.

6. Public speaking is emphasized and pupils in Year 5 consistently achieve highly impressive results their English Speaking Board Examinations.

 

Spanish and French conversation are taught, with Spanish introduced in Year 1 and French in Year 3. Home Economics is taught in Year 6 with pupils making use of the excellent facility in the Senior School.

We have an extensive sports  fixtures list with U9 and U11 pupils having ample opportunity  to  represent  their  school.  Team  sports  include  rugby,  football   cricket, hockey, netball and rounders. Individual sports offered include athletics, swimming, tennis, golf and horse riding.

Stover has a fine musical tradition. Over 80%  of  our  Preparatory  School  pupils  are in the Choir  and  they  have  the  chance  to perform  at  various  events throughout the year including local music festivals. All pupils have drama, singing and music lessons each week and school productions are a highlight of the year. We also hold annual inter-house public speaking and debating competitions and Year 5 pupils sit the English Speaking Board examinations.

Educational visits, adventure days, activity days and a residential camp supplement our curriculum and are enjoyed by pupils of all ages.