At Banstead Prep we instil a growth mindset in all children, encouraging them to take a risk in their own learning and always ‘have a go’. This is just one of the many hidden areas of our curriculum
Alongside English, Maths, Science and Languages, the things you might expect to find in a Prep School curriculum, our Hidden Curriculum exists to equip every child with adaptable skills and a breadth of knowledge applicable into senior school and beyond. It’s designed to prepare our children, both academically and personally, for the next step on their journey.
It’s impossible to list everything that comes under the Hidden Curriculum. Everything from our small class sizes and our after-school clubs to our Pupil Parliament and our ‘sport for all’ approach all counts. It’s about teaching children that mistakes are how we learn, that finding things a little challenging but having the courage to carry on helps us to develop.
It’s about giving our Year 6 children leadership roles, to get them off to a flying start at senior school. And it’s about allowing children to experiment with their own research and problem solve; it’s sitting with our children during lunch to help them learn good manners, communication skills and the importance of community.
Georgie, Year 4:
“In Life Skills we built a marble run. We were working with a partner that we hadn’t worked with before, and we had to agree on the design and how to build it.”
“When we go to the forest we learn how to climb trees safely. We don’t take anything away and we don’t leave anything behind”