Pre-Prep Key Information

Ages Taught4 - 7 years old
Year Groups TaughtPreschool to Year 2

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Transition across phases is carefully planned so that teachers are well prepared and pupils and parents are well supported in overcoming any concerns regarding unfamiliar environments, making new friends and different teachers. Pupils welcome the provision of an older school buddy to support them as they move up the school.


At Salcombe we follow the Early Years Curriculum up to Reception, and the National Curriculum in Years 1 and 2.

Please click below to download example timetables and termly curriculum plans.



No homework is set during the first half of the Autumn Term in Reception, apart from reading, to allow the students to settle into the routine of attending school every day. After the first half term, spellings are set each week and tested once the children have had an appropriate amount of time to learn them. This is increased in Years 1 and 2, with Maths homework, such as learning times tables, added once the children are ready, and tested during the week.


Children are assessed throughout the year through tests, exams, classwork, behaviour and other criteria. From Preschool onwards feedback is given from their form tutor as well as the subject specialist teachers in French, Music and PE.

Reports are produced each term and Parent Teacher Conferences take place twice a year in the Autumn and Spring Terms.

Transition to Prep

Transition from Pre-Prep to Prep can be daunting, but we find that the students take it in their stride and adjust quickly. In order to make the change as easy as possible, a Transition Day takes place in the Summer Term, where Year 2 children spend the morning at Prep, and following the ‘Senior School Timetable’. They are teamed up with friends from Year 4 who guide them around the school, and explain what is required from them from September.

This change can be confusing for parents too, as we switch from the National to the ISEB Curriculum. Mrs Davies holds an assembly for Year 2 parents during the Transition Day and explains what will be expected from the children and parents from September. Mrs Davies, and Ms Hore, the Deputy Head of the Prep School, are then on hand to answer any particular questions.

A Day in the Life of a Year 1 Student

“I wear my blazer proudly when I walk into school, and make sure I set a good example to my younger friends in Preschool and Reception. I see them all in assembly each week, and I try to sit up straight and pay attention at all times.

I am in Year 1 now and our lessons are more and more challenging and important. In English I am starting to learn about grammar and how to write descriptively and in Maths I have learnt all about coins and I am going to learn how to add and subtract numbers. I am always practising my joined up handwriting and I have started to read some quite long books.

My timetable is full of different lessons now, and my subjects include RE, Science, History, Art and Geography. My favourite is ICT because we get to use laptops and learn how to use them for things like drawing. I also like PE because Miss Wallbank is showing us how to play Hockey.

I always make sure I get my homework done and read lots of books after school with my Mummy and Daddy.

I have been on lots of trips to exciting places like the London Transport Museum, and I look forward to the other trips we will go on each term. I am also very excited about moving up to Year 2 when I will be one of the oldest children at Pre-Prep. I will have to set the best example to my younger friends, and I will also sometimes help some of the Reception children with their reading.”