Each of the three classes has a Form Teacher and a full time Teaching Assistant. Classes are mixed ability and, as far as possible, have equal numbers of boys and girls. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
There are three classes Year 1 and three in Year 2.
Each class has a Form Teacher; the Year 1 classes each have a full-time Teaching Assistant while the Year 2 classes share one Teaching Assistant between two classes.
The emphasis in the Lower School is on enjoyment and this is embedded in our broad curriculum and our most important school rule of ‘Be Kind’.
Children quickly settle into the routines and expectations of the school where the atmosphere is noticeably happy, yet stimulating in nature. Our foremost aim is to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident at school. We help to create an environment in which children are eager to learn and to take an active part in their own learning.
Pupils enjoy a busy and broad curriculum at Thomas’s, including Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Topic (History and Geography), RS, French, PSHCE, Art, Computing, Music, Swimming, Ballet, PE and Games. Many of these lessons are taught by specialist teachers. Every half term the children go off-site on a Woodland Adventure as part of Thomas’s Outdoor Education Programme.
We are proud of our creative curriculum and the children quickly become immersed in their topics and engage in all learning experiences presented to them. Progress is carefully monitored and supported by the form teacher, the teaching assistant and specialist teachers.
By Year 2, the children become the Leaders of the Lower School. This increasing independence and maturity helps them to prepare for a smooth transition to the Middle School.
The Lower School Team look forward to welcoming you to Thomas's Battersea.
Helen Haslem, Head of Lower School