Prep 4 Curriculum Booklet

Headmaster’s Introduction

There is no question that the past 6 months have been unusual and not having the children in school will have had an effect on their learning, despite the robust nature of the Hatherop Learning at Home programme. Our priority over the next few weeks and months is to ensure that the children have caught up any learning missed, completing topics or areas of learning which were adapted when the children were learning from home. As well as introducing new topics, we will also be spending some time consolidating previous learning.

The purpose of these booklets is to bring home and school closer together. Communication between home and school is important and it is hoped that the information in these booklets will provide you with the knowledge of the topics in each subject that your children are being taught. This will enable you to become more involved with your child’s learning. Some of the topics may not be taught in the order published, as there has to be some degree of flexibility. The curriculum mentioned is not exhaustive and teaching staff are encouraged to be creative with their content and structure of their lessons.

If you have any questions regarding any aspects of teaching and learning, please email your child’s form teacher or Head of Department.

Nigel Reed



Head of Department – Mr. Jamie Nish

Prep 4 teachers – Mrs. Emily Barrows and Mr. Gavin James

Michaelmas Term

Daily mental maths. Counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25,1000.

Place value: Th.H.T.U place value, ordering and comparing (Use <, >, = symbols), counting on and back in steps of 25 and 1000.

Number: Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 & 1000, approximations and estimations. Count backward including negative numbers. Roman Numerals to 100.

Calculation: Adding and subtracting written methods. Use times table facts to multiply and divide mentally. Using and applying methods in 2 step problems involving money and measures.

Geometry: Classifying 2D shapes, identifying symmetry and angles.

Measures: Ordering and comparing values of money in £ and pence.

Statistics: Interpret and present data in bar charts and time graphs.

Lent Term

Daily mental maths. Recall of times table facts up to x 12.

Number: Counting in hundredths, identifying equivalent fractions, identifying decimal and fraction equivalences for tenths and hundredths, compare, order and rounding decimals.

Calculation: Using multiplication and division related facts. Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.

Measures: Read and write time in analogue and digital in the 12 and 24 hour clock. Converting between units of time, km and m.

Geometry: Describe position using co-ordinates in the first quadrant and describe movement as translations.

Statistics: Interpret data in bar charts, pictograms and a variety of tables and timetables.

Trinity Term

Daily mental maths. Recall of times table facts up to x 12.

Number: Multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. Mentally multiply and divide by 10 and 100. Fraction and decimal equivalences for tenths and hundredths.

Calculation: Multiply 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. Identify factor pairs and multiples.

Statistics: Interpret and present data in a variety of graphs and tables.

Measures: Convert between units of measure for capacity, distance and mass and use and apply in 1 and 2 step problems. Solve money problems.

Geometry: Symmetry— completing shapes to create symmetrical figures and identifying lines of symmetry. Calculating perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes. Angles—draw and measure acute, obtuse and right angles.


Head of Department – Mrs. Emily Barrows

Prep 4 teachers – Mrs. Emily Barrows and Mr. Gavin James

In the English Curriculum we follow the Collins scheme, which is started in Prep1 and continues through Prep 4, 5 and 6. We supplement this with Galore Park, which goes through to Prep 8. In Prep 4 the pupils are encouraged to take more responsibility and independence when expressing their ideas in writing. Expectations are increased within the nurture of their form rooms. Set texts for the year are: Stig of the Dump and The White Giraffe.

Michaelmas Term

Speaking & Listening: Clear, lucid, fluent speech. Become a supportive listener. Use varied vocabulary.

Reading: 3/4 times a week on a group or individual basis. Expressive reading. Read for enjoyment. Basic research skills. Evaluate texts read. Understanding punctuation.

Spelling: Taken from Collins Spelling

Writing: Plan, draft and improve their work. Organise and structure their writing in a variety of ways. Basic grammar and punctuation. Finding suitable adjectives for nouns. Collins Comprehension and Composition.

Lent Term

Speaking & Listening: Listen to and respond to a range of people. Read aloud to a variety of audiences.

Reading: 3/4 times a week on a group or individual basis. Reading for enjoyment. Distinguish between fact/ opinion and fiction/non-fiction.

Spelling: Taken from Collins Spelling.

Writing; Discuss and evaluate their own and others writing. Write poetry related to poems read. Direct and indirect speech. Being able to use tenses correctly. Collins Comprehension and Composition.

Trinity Term

Speaking & Listening: Recall and represent important features of talk, argument, presentation. Aim to be an articulate, confident speaker.

Reading: 3/4 times a week on an individual and group basis. Read for enjoyment. Choose texts and justify choices. Use dictionary, encyclopaedia.

Spelling: Collins Spelling.

Writing: Collins Comprehension and Composition. Proof read writing and check draft. Use and identification of pronouns. Descriptive writing using appropriate, varied language. Structured written work.

Suggested Reading List

Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken

Mr Stink by David Walliams

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Spy Dog by Andrew Cope

The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox by RoaldDahl

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi

Fly Cherokee Fly by Chris d’Lacey

Bills New Frock by Anne Fine

The Invisible Boy by Sally Gardner

The Boy who Could Fly by Sally Gardner

Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman

Gruesome Grange by Anthony Horowitz

Tales of the Early World by Ted Hughes

The Time Travelling Cat by Julia Jarman

My Friend’s a Werewolf by Pete Johnson

Mind Reader by Pete Johnson

Tom’s Private War by Robert Leeson

Toro Toro by Michael Morpurgo

Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo

The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo

The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb

Bella’s Den by Berlie Doherty

Night of the Red Devil by Theresa Thomlinson

Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindell

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka

Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice by Joan Aiken


Head of Department – Mr. James McConnell

Prep 4 teachers – Mr. James McConnell and Mr. Gavin James

The pupils will now have lessons in the laboratory where they will have the chance to use a variety of new equipment including Bunsen burners and glassware. The topics studied this year will be as follows:

Michaelmas Term

An Introduction to the Laboratory & Measuring

Safety rules and using a variety of measuring equipment including thermometers and electronic balances.

States of Matter

A chance to explore and investigate a variety of different materials and their properties under different conditions. The children will also study the Particle Theory.

Lent Term


Dangers and uses of electricity and constructing simple series circuits.

Sound and Hearing.

An introduction to sound and how it travels. The structure of the ear and how it works will be covered

The Variety of Living Things

An introduction to species and classification. Identifying invertebrates.

Caring for the Environment

An understanding of how humans can impact the environment.

Trinity Term

Food chains.

Studying different food chains in varied habitats. Food webs will be touched upon.

Teeth & Digestion

Investigating the structure and function of teeth in a variety of animals. Digestion in humans and food tests.

Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department – Mr. Allan Hempsted

Prep 4 teachers – Mrs. Gabriel Thomas

After having completed a year of MFL in the Middle School, Prep 4s will be accustomed to the type of lessons on offer. Lessons still are very much interactive in order to produce active learners and put their language skills to use. Pupils in Prep 4 will have greater emphasis put on their written and spoken accuracy as the year progresses to ensure that they are really showcasing their talents. Rigorous use of dictionaries will enable Prep 4 pupils to become more independent in their approach.

As in Prep 3, the focus is on French, with weeks of Spanish and Italian to build upon previous learning.

Michaelmas Term

Revisiting vocabulary from Prep 3 to boost confidence and consolidate previous learning.

Items in your school bag.

The classroom

Birthdays and dates

Possession (mon, ma mes & Le ______ de Marie)

Numbers (re-cap of 0-100, ready for currency)

Currency (familiarising with the €)

Lent Term


ER verbs (discussion on conjugation & pronouns)

At the market

Ordering food at the market (role plays)

Quantities (Kg, g, half a kilo of, a box of…)

Partitive (some – du, de la, des, de l’)

Trinity Term

Telling the time

Sports and leisure

IR/RE verbs (re-cap and learn new conjugations)

Travelling/ recap of countries

Numbers 100-1000

Throughout the year, we will be looking at various elements of culture world such as food and drink recipes and the members of La Francophonie.


Head of Departments – Mr. Jon Holmes

Prep 4 teacher – Mr. James Oakden

This year the children will study the topic of Invaders and Settlers. This will include the following:

Michaelmas Term

Early Briton – the Celts and the Roman invasion.

Lent Term

The Anglo Saxons – Anglo-Saxon England and conversion to Christianity

Trinity Term

The Vikings – with a special focus on their struggles with the Anglo-Saxons


Head of Department – Mr. Nigel Bailey

Prep 4 teacher – Mr. James Oakden

Michaelmas Term

Agriculture and Farming: What is it? Types of farming. A study on dairy, pastoral & arable farms in the South West of England.

Global Location: European countries and capitals.

Lent Term

Renewable/non-renewable Energy: What are they, where do they come from, which materials does it involve?

Resources and Consumption: Oil and Gas, wind power, coal, Hydro Electric power, the effect on the environment. Will resources last forever, what is being done to save the World’s resources?

Trinity Term

Water: water cycle and fresh water supplies. Types of rain & cloud. Rivers study - effects of pollution, what is flooding, how is it caused, effects on people and places.

A Study of a Contrasting Environment: Appreciate the nature of a totally different environment to the UK.

Religious Studies

Head of Department – Mr. James Oakden

Prep 4 teachers – Mr. Nigel Reed

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will complete the topics:-

Why is Jesus inspiring to people?

Study of some important Religious Festivals. Why are festivals important to religious communities?

Festivals include: Diwali & Christmas

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will complete the topics:

Why do some people think life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?

Study of specific Christian, Hindu and Muslim Rites of Passage

Events leading up to Easter.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will complete the topics:

What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

A detailed study of Hinduism, including: Hindu Gods, Hindu Worship, Hindu Cycle of Life.


Head of Department and Prep 4 teacher – Mrs. Sally Easterbrook

Michaelmas Term

Sculpture /Painting

Introduce Matisse’s paper sculpture

Selecting, constructing and working on a multi shaped and textures surface

Mixing colour

Still life with bold backgrounds

3D work

Shoes from brown tape possibly based on sport shoes

Clay coiled oil lamp or vase

Fabric forming Gorgan heads

Lent Term


Painting on different surfaces

Overpainting using small brushes and brush strokes

Response to the work of a key artist


Imaginative drawings

Linear drawings

Response to the work of John Brunsdon

Lace drawings


Collage response to Henri Matisse

Collage response to Francis Bacon

Packaging response to Andy Warhol

Trinity Term


South American prints

Monoprints, press print relief blocks, collographs based on rainforest theme animals and plants


Rug in the picture

Monoprinting on fabric

Dip dye surfaces and linear designs

Cross stitching/ embroidery

Talking textiles.

Technology (STEAM)

Prep 4 teacher – Mr. Gavin James

This year, the Technology curriculum incorporates a wide variety of topics and skills to be covered throughout the year and includes as much use of our outdoor spaces as possible. Topics will be varied throughout the school with each year group utilising different resources and garden spaces in their lessons.

This year Prep 4 will cover the following topics:



Prep 4 will undertake a construction topic which will build on skills and knowledge from earlier projects. This will incorporate electronics whilst they investigate moving games and toys.


Head of Department – Mr. Gavin James

Prep 4 teacher – Mr. Gavin James

The aim of the Computing Department is to prepare boys and girls for the future. It is without question that they will be entering a workplace where IT skills are essential, no matter which career they choose to follow.

Being a confident and competent user is important but we also aim to inspire children to look ‘under the bonnet’ of technology, understanding what it is they are using and how it works. Programming has always been part of the curriculum and helps to develop many skills including creativity, logic, patience and the ability to solve problems to name but a few.

This year Prep 4 will start by looking at Internet Safety and how to stay safe online.

They will be using Scratch programming to create a quiz.

Using the internet for research will be revisited, thinking about how to research effectively, accurately and safely.

Pupils will also develop their skills in using Office 365 including PowerPoint in order to create a simple slideshow

Throughout the year, all the children will have opportunities to develop their touch-typing and word processing skills.


Head of Department and Prep 4 teacher – Mr. Chris Page

In Prep 4 music lessons, the children build on the skills and concepts introduced in Prep 3.

Michaelmas Term

Grouping beats: 2,3,4 beat time are introduced and scored graphically.

Wood and metal: a unit focusing on percussion sounds with some composition work.

Christmas music: learning songs for the various events.

Lent Term

Materials: paper, plastic, furniture used for improvisation/composition activities.

Using voices: this unit investigates how voices have been, and can be, used to create music.

Tempo: effects in pieces particularly the effect of varying tempo are explored.

Trinity Term

World Music: exploring music from around the world.

Happy families: a large unit of work exploring brass, woodwind, string, percussion, electronic.

Musical patterns: pupils look at how patterns are used: ostinati, Pentatonic scales – improvisation/composition work.

P.E and Games

Director of Sport – Mr. Nigel Bailey

Head of Girls’ Games – Ms Charlotte Moore

Michaelmas Term

Gymnastics: Rolling, balances, weight bearing, intro to vaulting. Travelling and simple sequences with open and set tasks. Pair and small group work. Develop apparatus work and linking movements on/off equipment.

Tennis: Developing control when hitting the ball and footwork. Introduction to positional play, forehand/backhand, volleying, singles & doubles team games and scoring.


Boys - Rugby. Introduction to ‘contact’ rugby. Introduce attacking and defending skills. Tackling, safety,

Girls - Hockey. Development of ball control, passing, receiving and small sided games. Development of the rules and the 7 a side game.

Lent Term

Health Related Fitness: Developing - agility, balance, coordination, strength, speed and balance. Start to understand about resting heart rate and working at healthy levels. The importance of exercise. To understand different ways of exercising and keeping fit using eg. Circuits, HIIT, Strength exercises.

Basketball: Introduction to the game. Learning how to dribble with the ball and ball control. Learning to pass and playing small sided games.


Boys – Football. Attacking and defensive skills linked to positional play. Role of key positions. Reinforce skills and techniques. Hockey: Development of ball control, passing, receiving and small sided games. Development of the rules. 7 a side games.

Girls – Netball. More advanced ball handling, throwing, catching and footwork Shooting and movement in the circle. Attack and defence skills. Starting to consider positional play within the context of BEE netball.

Trinity Term

Athletics: Sprints – 50m, 200m, 600m, relays. Long jump, high jump and ball throw techniques.


Boys – Pairs Cricket: Batting, bowling and fielding technique.

Girls – Pairs Cricket: Throwing, catching, fielding, bowling and batting skills. Rules of the game and tactics. Full game development.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)

Head of Department – Mr. James Oakden, Deputy Head Pastoral

PSHEE lessons happen every Friday in lesson 4. We follow the PinK (People in the Know) curriculum designed by Gloucestershire County. Each unit is taught for a three-week block by specialist teachers. The units, and who teaches them, are:

· Citizenship and British Values – Mrs Easterbrook

· Social Issues – Mrs Barrows

· Kindness and Anti-Bullying – Mr Page

· Media Influence – Mrs Nish

· Internet Safety – Mr James

· Financial Capability – Mrs Jeffrey

· Keeping Safe – Ms Moore

· Friends and Family – Mr Hempstead

· Growing Up – Mr McConnell

· Personal Responsibility – Mr Bailey

Further information about the core units which make up ‘Relationship Education’ will be sent by Mr Oakden separately.

Our Hatherop Values

Happiness: All members of our community should act and behave so we all can be happy.

Adventure: We play and learn with a sense of adventure

Teamwork: We work and play collaboratively and understand that we can excel and achieve more when we work as a team.

Honesty: We learn from making mistakes and we want all members of our community to show honesty towards each other.

Encouragement: We actively encourage everyone to strive for excellence in work and play.

Respect: Every member of the Hatherop community is treated with respect and kindness.

Opportunity: We make the most of every opportunity.

Perseverance: We do not give up when we find something hard or challenging.