Shaping a Love of Learning in Years 3-6

“Excellent, engaging lessons. Staff are to be congratulated.”

Prep parent feedback in response to how Ardingly College dealt with the pandemic. Lent 2021


In the Prep School, we aim to provide an education that enables all our pupils to develop their love of learning, academic potential and individual talents in a caring community which fosters sensitivity, confidence, a sense of service and enthusiasm for life.

Happy children are successful learners. Ardingly pupils are excited to be with their friends and inspired by their lessons. They are learning in a supportive atmosphere, where our passionate teachers are committed to supporting our children in reaching their very best educational potential: encouraging independent learning and development, through the use of questioning and discussion.

Interactive methods of teaching are used increasingly in learning. Our aim being to ensure that all Prep pupils are aware of, and are ready to take on, the challenges of the fast-moving digital world.

Educational trips are also arranged to enrich the children’s subject knowledge.

Maintaining a healthy balance between different ways of teaching and learning ensures wider levels of interest and boosts children’s confidence and happiness.

The Curriculum is structured as follows:


  • Core subjects – Maths, English, Science
  • Humanities – History, Geography, R.E., Philosophy (Year 7 & 8)
  • Languages – French, Spanish/German Latin (Year 7&8)
  • Music, Drama, Art, ICT plus Computer Science and Design and Technology (Year 7 & 8)
  • PSHE
  • Games and Swimming

Years 3-6

The National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 is the starting point on which we build a full and varied curriculum for Years 3-6.

The emphasis is on engagement and enjoyment. The Humanities subjects are taught through a Creative Curriculum which involves topic-based learning in Years 3-5. This fires pupils with enthusiasm and puts academic subjects into a real-world context. It means children are captivated by the subject and become more independent learners. Each topic has a Stunning Starter, Marvellous Middle and a Fabulous Finish!

In Years 3-4, most subjects are taught by Form Tutors in their form groups, except French, Music, Swimming, Games, Drama and Art which are taught by specialist teachers. Pupils are set for Maths and Spelling.

The Forest School and Outdoor Learning journey starts in Pre-Nursery and continues throughout a child’s time in the Pre-Prep and on into Year 3.  Each Year 3 class has weekly sessions which take place in all weathers at our dedicated Forest School site in Standgrove Woods. The sessions are led by an experienced and qualified Forest School Leader.

In Years 5-6, all subjects are taught by specialist teachers. In Maths and English, the pupils are set according to the teaching pace from which the teachers feel they would most benefit.


  • Years 3 & 4 are encouraged to spend a short amount of time each evening reading and they will receive weekly spellings and times tables.
  • Year 5 are set a formal prep to be done during Prep time on a Monday. They also receive weekly spellings.
  • Year 6 are set a formal prep to be done during Prep time on a Monday and Thursday. They also receive weekly spellings.

Years 7 & 8 Curriculum