Prep 3 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 3 teachers – Mrs. Natasha Jeffrey and Mrs. Chloe Nish

Michaelmas Term

Daily Mental Maths. Counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.

Number: Place Value of numbers to 1000. Read, write, order and compare 3-digit numbers. Write numbers in words and figures. Doubling and halving. Know by heart all addition and subtraction facts to 20.

Calculation: Mental addition and subtraction of ones and tens to/from 3-digit numbers. Count on and back in steps of 10 and 100. Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

Fractions: Recognise fractions up to tenths. Count in tenths.

Geometry: classifying 3D shapes and 2D shape patterns. Identify full, quarter and half turns and right angles.

Measures: Tell and write the time from analogue clocks including roman numerals to XII. Measure and compare lengths. Convert between cm and m. Add and subtract money and calculate change.

Statistics: Interpret data from tally charts and tables.

Lent Term

Daily Mental Maths. Recall of 3, 4 & 8 times tables.

Number: Count on or back in 10’s 50’s,100’s from any number within 1000. Recognise multiples of 2, 5, 10, 50, 100.

Calculation: Mental addition and subtraction of numbers with up to 3 digits. Write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers

Measures: Measure compare, add and subtract lengths, masses and capacities. Read 12- and 24-hour time. Time measurements for seconds in a minute, days in each month, a year and leap year.

Fractions: Identify fractions of sets, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, compare and order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominator.

Statistics: Interpreting data from frequency tables and bar charts.

Trinity Term

Daily Mental Maths. Recall of 3, 4 & 8 times tables.

Calculation: Formal written methods for column addition and subtraction. Formal written methods for multiplication of 2 digits by 1 digit.

Fractions: Identify simple equivalent fractions from diagrams.

Measures: Solving problems involving all four operations in the context of measures and money.

Geometry: Calculating perimeter.

Statistics: Displaying, interpreting and collecting data.

Reading and drawing charts with scales. Interpreting Pictograms.

Investigations, problem solving, mental maths activities and times table tests will be ongoing throughout the year.


Head of Department – Mrs. Emily Barrows

Prep 3 teachers – Mrs. Natasha Jeffrey and Mrs. Chloe Nish

In the English curriculum we are introducing the Collins English Scheme which covers some aspects of the subject area, alongside a set text. In addition to this, we are continuing to use the highly successful Galore Park scheme, which will continue up to Prep 8. In Prep 3, the pupils begin to take more responsibility for their ideas in writing. Expectations are increased within the nurture of their form rooms.

Michaelmas Term

Speaking & Listening: Speak to a variety of different audiences. Use increased & varied vocabulary.

Reading: Read daily. Read with fluency, accuracy,

understanding and enjoyment. Use dictionaries accurately.

Spelling: Collins Spelling Scheme.

Writing: Revision of capitals and full stops. Parts of speech. Pronouns. Alphabetical order. Detailed fiction and non-fiction writing. Collins Comprehension and Composition. Galore Park exercises.

Set texts: The Egyptian Cinderella and The Owl That Was Afraid of The Dark

Lent Term

Speaking & Listening: Describe events in detail, maintain interest. Evaluate own talk and reflect how it varies.

Reading: Daily. Use intonation when reading aloud. Have favourite authors.

Spelling: Collins Spelling Scheme.

Writing: Speech marks. Apostrophes in contractions and for possession. Organise different writing in different ways. Plan, draft and revise writing. Write for different readerships. Collins Comprehension and Composition. Galore Park exercises.

Set texts: The Firework Maker’s Daughter and a variety of Greek Myths

Trinity Term

Speaking & Listening: Express themselves confidently and clearly, with clear diction and intonation.

Reading: Daily. Answer and respond to text read. Talk about plot, characters, ideas and vocabulary in a book.

Spelling: Galore Park supported by Nelson Spelling Book 2.

Writing: Direct/ indirect speech through oral work. Similar words and similes. Homonyms. Check for correct and consistent use of tense. Poetry based on own experiences. Galore Park exercises.

Set texts: The Iron Man and George’s Marvellous Medicines

Suggested Reading List

Woof by Allan Ahlberg

Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child

The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

My Story Series by Vince Cross

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

How to Write Really Badly by Anne Fine

Beaver Towers by Nigel Hinton

How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo

Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo

Milly Molly Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley

The Time Travelling Cat by Julia Jarman

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith

Beast Quest by Adam Blade

The Railway Children by E Nesbitt

Toro Toro by Michael Morpurgo

Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Destination Man and Explorers on the Moon by Herge

Tom’s Sausage Lion by Michael Morpurgo

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Hedgehogs Don’t eat Hamburgers by Vivian French

Time Hunter, Gladiator Clash by Chris Blake

Greek Myths for Young Children by Marcia Williams

The Cat who Wanted to go Home by Jill Tomlinson

The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett


Head of Department – Mr. James McConnell

Prep 3 teacher – Mrs. Natasha Jeffrey and Mrs. Chloe Nish

As the pupils start life in the Middle School, they will begin to look in more detail at the natural world, carrying out formal investigations and exploring the wider solar system and beyond. This will be the first year of the 11+ syllabus, giving them a solid grounding in science for years to come.

Michaelmas Term

Light and Seeing

How light travels, its interactions with different materials and how we see objects.

Forces and Magnets

Looking at that forces can push and pull on an object; the forces of attraction and repulsion between magnets; friction including air resistance.

Lent Term

Parts of the body and nutrition.

Looking at major organs, the role of nutrition and diseases caused by poor nutrition

The Skeleton and Movement.

The structure and function of animal skeletons and the role in movement.

Trinity Term

Rocks and Soils

An introduction to geology; identifying rocks, minerals and soils and methods of separation. Fossil formation will also be studied.

Life Processes

Looking at the seven life processes and studying the commonalities between organisms.

Green Plants and the Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant

Looking in detail of the structure and function of flowering plant.

Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department – Mr. Allan Hempsted

Prep 3 teacher – Mrs. Gabriel Thomas

As the pupils in Prep 3 begin their journey through the Prep School, we aim to continue making lessons fun and engaging and to start developing the skills necessary to ensure progress in the four key skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The focus at this stage is to instil a sense of enjoyment when learning languages and to develop their curiosity about the many cultures of the World. ‘Having a go’ and participation is essential in every area of learning, but even more so in MFL, and therefore we will be using a variety of strategies to ensure this takes place in a low-pressure way. The focus on phonics will begin their journey to becoming independent language learners.

In Prep 3 the focus is on French, with taster weeks of Spanish and Italian.

Michaelmas Term

Topics will include:

Greetings: name, age, where you live

The Alphabet

Gender and plural of nouns

Numbers: 1 – 20

Domestic animals

Colours (and correct use of adjectives)

Christmas in France

Lent Term

Topics will include:

Wild animals

Countries (using the correct preposition)


Numbers 20 to 40

Trinity Term

Topics will include:

Être and Avoir

Parts of the body


Food and Drink (as well as ordering)

Likes and Dislikes (expressing personal opinions)

Numbers 40-100


Head of Department – Mr. Jon Holmes

Prep 3 teachers – Mrs. Natasha Jeffrey

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term the children will study Ancient Egypt.

This will include the following:

Looking at important places of Ancient Egypt and how the pyramids were built. Understanding of how river Nile was important to Ancient Egyptians. Hieroglyphics. Process of mummification.

The life of Tutankhamen.

Burial sites and the story of Osiris.

Using evidence to find out about life in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian gods and Pharaohs. Hierarchy of people in Ancient Egypt.

Lent Term

They start to study the topic, Ancient Greece. This will include the following:

Greek cities, everyday life and work – education, houses, money, slavery, role of women.

Athens and Sparta– how the cities were ruled.

Investigating Greek artefacts.

Gods and Festivals

Greek armies. Famous Greeks.

Olympics – where and why the games started.

The legacy of Ancient Greece and how it affects us today.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will study the topic, Stone Age. This will include the following:

What does Prehistory mean?

How did hunter-gatherers survive in the Stone Age?

What was Stone age cave art?

What kind of sources tell us about the Stone Age?

What was Skara Brae?

The mysteries of Stonehenge.


Head of Department – Mr. Nigel Bailey

Prep 3 teacher – Mrs. Chloe Nish

Michaelmas Term

The River: The UK rivers, features and valley routes. River terminology: source, tributary, channel.

Comparison of 2 rivers in the UK the Severn and the Thames. Use of the River Severn past and present.

Global Location: British Isles - The UK, Capital Cities, Rivers and Mountainous areas.

Lent Term

Extreme Earth: The destructive powers of nature, focusing on volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as learning about tsunamis and tornadoes. Looking in depth at the effects, locations around the world and how they are formed.

Trinity Term

Map work: measure direction and distance. Letter/numbers co-ordinates, grid references. Map work linked to features shown on an OS map.

Weather: Changes in weather around the UK. Complete a weather study. Use of simple instruments and symbols. Weather comparison study in the Northern & Southern Hemisphere.

Religious Studies

Head of Department – Mr. James Oakden

Prep 3 teacher – Mrs. Chloe Nish

Michaelmas Term

What do different people believe about God?

The Bible

Ways the Bible is important, how it’s used by Christians and special to people

Different sorts of writing in the bible including The 10 Commandments

Old and New Testaments

Israelites of Ancient Egypt

Who were they and what did they believe

Joseph, how he got to Egypt and his meeting with the pharaoh

Moses and the 10 Plagues of Egypt

Ancient Egyptian and Israelites believes

Lent Term

Who was Jesus and what do we know about him?

Different representations of Jesus, including pictures and different beliefs

Use Gospels to find out more about Jesus

Others’ views of Jesus from the Bible


What is a parable?

Reading and understanding a variety of parables

Trinity Term


The Lord’s Prayer

Christian prayer

How other religions pray

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

Studying the way Christians worship and celebrate

Compare and investigate how this varies from Islam

Different branches of Christianity

Key Christian figures

Christianity and charity


Head of Department and Prep 3 teacher – Mrs. Sally Easterbrook

Michaelmas Term


Using different marks and tones to create a design

Develop part of a pattern


Colour mixing with primary colours

Tint and tone

Bubble wrap abstract pictures

Look at the work of Paul Klee

Recreation of Sean Scully’s work


Using sketch books for recording

Using multi- media create an image of “ Van Gogh’s Starry Night”

Lent Term


Responses to key artists’ work

Compositions using lines and spaces

Paper cut images relating to natural images


Recreate natural environmental textures e.g. Bark, grass, twigs in a range of printing techniques.

Gel printing inspired by wild life.

Trinity Term


Using different marks and tones to create a design

Develop part of a pattern


Using sketch books for recording

Dip dyed fabric backgrounds, printed using collagraph blocks and plasticine stamps

3D work

Collect visual information using sketch books and IT

Transfer designs onto a 3D artefact

Roll and form clay slabs and inlay

Technology (STEAM)

Prep 3 teacher – Mr. Gavin James

Michaelmas Term


A project covering the need for more viable and sustainable materials to be used in the production of consumables. The children will investigate different sources of energy, then design and make vehicles which are wind or balloon powered. Testing will establish the distance and speed the vehicles travel over different surfaces to find the most efficient.

Lent Term


This project will investigate the forces at work in the world and how they are harnessed and mitigated. Models will be constructed to demonstrate these forces act upon everyday objects.

Trinity Term


With a focus on maths, this project investigates and proves how some shapes are stronger than others when used to build structures.


Head of Department – Mr. Gavin James

Prep 3 teacher –Mrs. Natasha Jeffrey

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will complete the topic, Programming and Coding. This will include the following:

Designing and writing a simple algorithm;

Using programming software;

Learning how to sequence instructions for specific outcomes;

Predicting what might happen in a game from a sequence of instructions;

Testing a sequence of instructions;

Modifying a sequence of instructions, using repeated instructions where appropriate;

Evaluating your own and other people’s games.

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will complete the topic, Internet Research and Communication. This will include the following:

Understanding how internet search engines work;

Using search engines effectively and safely;

Learning how word order affects search results

Sharing webpages safely;

Identifying ways to safely communicate online.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will complete the topic, Drawing and Desktop Publishing. This will include the following:

Using shapes and lines to create an object;

Learning how to order and group objects;

Combing text and images;

Recognising what makes an effective layout;

Creating their own poster to advertise a school event.


Head of Department and Prep 3 teacher – Mr. Chris Page

In Prep 3, the children continue to develop their musical skills, with the addition of ocarina lessons later in the year, through which they improve their listening and music reading skills and also learn something of the pleasure of performing together.

Michaelmas Term

Feeling the beat: pupils explore a strong beat in music, respond in actions. Speed of beat.

Exploring percussion: the children look at timbre, and represent the sounds on paper. Composition.

Christmas music: learning songs for the Christmas events.

Lent Term

Sound, sign, and symbol: the children read graphic scores using classroom and home-made instruments.

Dynamics and silence: through games, songs and instrumental work, these concepts are developed.

Composing/appraising: variety of themes and moods are used as a basis for composition.

Ocarina: gradually introduce oc-box notation.

Trinity Term

Using ICT: exploration of keyboards

Pitch: high/low and its effect on music. Pupils make use of tuned percussion and the voice is explored.

Ocarina: continue and introduce some elements of staff notation.

P.E and Games

Director of Sport – Mr. Nigel Bailey

Head of Girls’ Games – Ms. Charlotte Moore

Michaelmas Term

In the Michaelmas Term, the children will complete the following topics. This will include:

Gymnastics: Reinforce sequencing and individual movements. Rolls, jumping, balances and improve technical knowledge of performing weight bearing exercises. Pair work, use of apparatus and sequence development.

Tennis: learning how to strike the ball using forehand and backhand. Improving individual racket and ball control. Developing underarm serves and rallying.


Boys – Rugby. Developing of handling skills, evasive running and attacking running lines & defending ‘in-line’. Development of ‘Tag’ Rugby knowledge. Football - Developing knowledge of the game. Tackling, building up practices taught to enhance passing, control.

Girls - Hockey - Ball control, passing, receiving and small sided games. Rules of the 7 a side game. Matches begin.

Lent Term

In the Lent Term, the children will complete the following topics. This will include:

Basketball: Intro to the game. Learning to dribble, movement around the court with/out the ball, types of pass, & the rules.

Dance: Learning to respond with musicality and creatively. Beginning to listen to the beat of the music and to perform routines individually, with a partner and in a group.


Boys – Football. Developing knowledge of the game. Tackling, building up practices taught to enhance passing, control. Rules of the game. Hockey - Ball control, passing, types of tackling, knowledge of the game. Small sided games.

Girls – Netball. Ball handling, throwing, catching and movement. Developing footwork technique. Developing the correct shooting action. Small sided games, BEE netball. Start to understand the principles of attack and defence.

Trinity Term

In the Trinity Term, the children will complete the following topics. This will include:

Athletics: Develop athletic knowledge and extend participation in a number of track and field events. Sports Day preparation done throughout the first half term.


Boys — Cricket. Throwing, catching, batting, bowling. Rules of the game.

Girls – Cricket. Throwing, catching, batting, bowling. Rules of the game.

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.