The Prep School at St. Anthony’s School for Girl’s equips each pupil with the academic ability, social awareness, confidence and self-motivation required for a natural transition to senior school. Core subjects are taught across year groups by specialist teachers.
A greater depth of learning is achieved through continual challenges and thoughtful questioning. Pupils are also encouraged to pose their own questions to broaden their knowledge of a subject. Moral questions and critical thinking are woven into the school day through class discussions around literature, pondering a ‘big question’ during whole school assembly or tackling a problem-solving task in mathematics.
The girls are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and gain a positive attitude towards their own development and success. Independence is nurtured through the expectation that the girls strive to meet their own personal targets and those set by their teachers. They manage their own homework and prioritise time for additional study around their extra-curricular activities.
St. Anthony’s girls are encouraged to contribute to the wider life of the school through participating in the School Council and our various charity committees. The older girls support our newer recruits through our ‘Big Sister’ programme, helping them to settle into and enjoy the routines of school life.
Our Prep School students will often be ‘free readers’, but their reading education continues as the focus shifts from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’. Comprehension skills are taught daily through guided reading sessions. Skills in inference and reasoning are developed further when studying text in other curriculum areas such as Religion and History.
Creative writing is inspired by authors such as Ted Hughes, Phillip Pullman and Anthony Brown through our ‘Power of Reading’ lessons. Guided by our expert teachers, pupils quickly become adept at ‘unpicking’ a text or poem through whole class reading and discussion. Skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar are practised daily and pupils strive to write with accuracy. We hold high expectations of our writers to ensure they are ready to thrive in the next stage of their academic life.
Our mathematics curriculum continuously builds and consolidates knowledge so that pupils reach a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Extensive practice is built in to the programme in order to develop fluency and mastery. Emphasis is placed on the development of intellectual competence such as the ability to visualise. Our pupils are taught ways of ‘seeing’ the mathematics within a problem using heuristics for problem solving. Through our guided and independent practice sessions, pupils become competent in applying these problem-solving tools to any age-appropriate mathematical problem.
Our curriculum recognizes that girls’ natural curiosity for the world around them. Experience based learning ensures that the girls develop a confident understanding of scientific concepts. The science laboratory facilities enable practical, hands-on challenging learning opportunities to be offered to the girls.
‘The outcome of excellent Religious Education is religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.’
At St. Anthony’s School for Girls we believe true understanding of faith comes through everyday experiences and interactions. Our girls are taught to live out their faith through their day to day interactions with others. Values such as kindness, compassion, dignity and respect are central to our teachings and inform the way we relate to one another. They also remind us of our global responsibility, to reach out to those in need and to give selflessly. Religious Education at St. Anthony’s School for Girls therefore, contributes positively to a broad and balanced curriculum in every aspect of school life.
At St. Anthony’s School for Girls, we aim to develop skills and techniques in a range of sporting activities. Through a carefully designed programme, our pupils will gain physical skills and perform them with increasing competence and confidence, in an array of physical activities and contexts.
Through curriculum sport lessons, our pupils will learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideals to suit activities that need varying approaches and thought processes. They will set targets for themselves; and compete against others, individually and as team members. They will grow to understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge other children’s successes and will be encouraged to take the initiative to lead activities and focus on improving aspects of their own performance. Pupils will be able to make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives and develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity.
The sporting activities available will vary as the children move through the school and will include athletics, swimming, gymnastics, dance and team games such as football, netball, rounders, tennis, hockey and touch rugby.
The girls at St. Anthony’s follow a broad curriculum in order to maintain a balance between academic, physical and creative nourishment. Ensuring this important equilibrium helps to better equip pupils with a broad variety of skills to be a lifelong learner: a well-rounded, happy and confident child.
Weekly Drama lessons takes place as part of the school curriculum and promotes the development of pupils’ imagination, self-confidence and self- esteem. Drama aims to enhance a number of key life skills including communication and public speaking.
Our aim is to develop the children’s sensitivity to and understanding of music through a comprehensive program of activities covering the four core aspects of performing, composing, listening and appraising. Our curriculum will develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of a wide range of music and develop and extend the skills necessary to enable pupils to participate in a wide range of musical activities.
Music at St. Anthony’s School for Girls is offered through curriculum lessons, extra-curricular after school activities and through individual lessons with peripatetic music teachers. We currently offer lessons for the piano, violin, cello and guitar and singing. However further musical instruments may be offered in response to pupil interest. A school choir is available to girls of all ages and pupils are given the opportunity to participate in local musical events such as ‘The Proms’ at St. Judes.
The girls also have weekly art and designs lessons, sport, ICT and French.
In addition to their timetabled subjects, our girls have the choice and opportunity to further develop their individual interests through our rich extra-curricular offerings. Subjects such as Spanish, Mandarin, German, Chess, Robotics, Ballet, Street Dance, Karate, Yoga and Choir are just a few of the clubs available.
As a London school we take full advantage of a wide range of attractions and visits including museums, art galleries, theatres, and performing arts venues. In addition, girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 go further afield taking part in residential trips, not only to extend their curriculum experience but also to help them develop their independence and resilience.