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An inspirational, small family led prep school nurturing boys and girls from ages 3 to 11 in the heart of Reading
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We have a strong Humanities curricula, where we teach that history is about real people and events in the past; Geography is linked where possible to outdoor learning and conservation and our Religious Education allows children to share and celebrate their faith, including those of the broad Christian values that our school follows.


History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History fires the children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions.

Year 1The Gunpowder PlotFlorence Nightingale and Mary SeacoleNorman Knights and Castles
(Windsor Castle)
Year 21665 Plague and The Great Fire of London
(St Paul’s Cathedral and Pudding Lane) 
The Age of the DinosaursSeaside Holidays in the Past
Year 3

Britain at War: The Home Front (Evacuation Day) 


The Romans in Britain and the CeltsAnglo-Saxons and Vikings Invaders
Year 4The Early Britons
(The Henley Rowing Museum)
Ancient Egypt
(The Ashmolean)
Victorian Britain
Year 5The Tudors
(Ufton Court)
Ancient GreeceAncient China
Year 6Reading and CavershamThe Aztecs Building Modern Britain
Caversham Prep pupil dressed as a WW2 child

Religious Education

By the time our pupils reach the end of KS2, they will have had the opportunity to receive a broad and inclusive religious education. 

We teach about all the major religions. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism are taught. We celebrate some of the main religious and cultural festivals such as Eid and Ramadan, the story of Ramu and Sita, Sukkot, the Chinese New Year and Diwali.

Our pupils visit Queen Anne’s Chapel for Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. We also visit over their time at school, religious buildings of the other main world religions. 

Visitors from different faiths visit us. For example, the local Rabbi or a parent to share their religious traditions. For example during the Chinese New Year.

Year 1Gifts, Giving and Christmas Easter and SurprisesOld Testament Stories
Year 2Nature and God + ChristmasIslamPlaces of Worship
Year 3Religious Customs around the World including ChristmasHinduismSikhism
Year 4BuddhismChristianityFood, Feasts and Fasting
Year 5JudaismCreation StoriesThe Parables
Year 6PilgrimagesThe MiraclesReligion and Art and Music



Geography covers four areas of learning. 

Year 1The United KingdomWeather and SeasonsBarnaby Bear in Caversham
Year 2Transport
(Bluebell Line Train Trip)
An Island Home The British Seaside and Coastline
Year 3The Continent of Africa (and Fair Trade)Volcanoes and EarthquakesMap Skills
Year 4The Arctic and AntarcticSpainThe Continent of Asia
Year 5Across the English ChannelReading
Coastal Erosion
(Skern Lodge, Devon)
Year 6Rivers, Seas and OceansBrazil and the Amazon Rainforest
(Skern Lodge, Devon)
The Global Climate

Caversham Prep pupils creating a Chinese dragon

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