Academic - Framlingham College

An insatiable curiosity and love of learning is something we nurture in our Pre-Preppers at the beginning of their academic life, just as much as we do for our older Framlinghamians.

We encourage our Pre-Preppers to learn by play and exploration with their hands first, then to make an emotional connection with their discoveries and finally use their heads to think creatively and critically.

Using this ‘hands, heart, head’ learning approach, gives children the opportunity to explore independently and make links in their learning. This can be for any Pre-Prep year, although the approach will change and naturally evolve as your child journeys through the years. In Reception, there are activities with lots of play-based exploration, as they move into Years 1 and 2 there is a gradual move to a more teacher-directed style of learning, where children have the attention and capacity to focus more – though there will still be lots of time for fun and hands-on learning!

Each class has a form teacher who teaches the core-curriculum of Maths, English, Science, Geography, History and Art. We make the most of our location set within 23 acres of beautiful outdoor space, so lessons are not restricted to the classroom. In Reception, children’s learning is enriched by being outdoors – they love to write outside, making treasure maps or lists of things for a spaceship; or we might look for birds in the trees as we spot a change in the season. Our Year 1 and Year 2 children also enjoy their glorious surroundings of trees and woodland at Forest School for one afternoon each week.

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