Teaching and Learning

Committed to the Individual Learner

All our teachers are carefully selected and supported at The Priory so that they can deliver the curriculum in a creative and efficient way. They are dedicated to each and every child, to getting the best out of them and to catering for their individual needs. Not only are children supported in areas, but many are challenged and extended in their areas of strength. This contributes to a very positive learning environment. The ability to differentiate and good knowledge of the children are essential qualities for all our teachers here.

Learning to Read and Write

We use Jolly Phonics as a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.
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We have also found that as children are individuals when it comes to their learning style, some children also benefit from a different approach. To this end, we use Action Words and Sounds Write to assist those who find the phonics a bit of a challenge.


The Big Write

As the children move up the school, it is important that the children approach writing with excitement and creativity. It is also very important that they complete a piece of writing at least once a week. Thus, Big Writing is a methodology that is highly enjoyable and motivating and – when done right – has an immediate impact for all children. Proven and effective, Big Writing is the perfect teaching method to raise standards in writing. It helps teachers to support their pupils as they learn and develop the ideas, vocabulary and higher level grammatical structures needed to improve their writing almost entirely through talk. Children begin to recognise where they can improve their own work  and become proficient at self-editing. This method is fundamental to children being responsible for their own work and so they may have the power to achieve success regularly.

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Other programs include

A Program designed by The Priory Preparatory School to encourage and foster a culture of reading. Children’s achievements will be celebrated collectively and individually on a weekly and termly basis. As the children move up through the school, story books and non-fiction books (encyclopaedias, topic books, newspapers, brochures, websites etc) will be central to the area of writing they will be covering. This means that all their learning is in context and becomes more relevant to the learner.


This online resource can be used in school and at home to extend children or to consolidate what they have learned. Their progress is tracked and visible to parents. This can differentiated for groups or individuals without the children knowing which level they are at. This provides the children with the possibility of achieving success at every opportunity. Weekend homework is posted every Friday on here so that the parents and children can review what has been covered during the week.

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Used in more than 2000 schools, Classroom Monitor Primary is an online tool for recording formative assessment, tracking pupil progress and reporting to parents. It links your curriculum to your assessment framework using a simple online markbook and data tracker.
Detailed learning objectives are clearly mapped for each pupil, with free teaching resources to ease planning. You can also add evidence to support judgements and moderation. Pupil progress data is always Ofsted-ready, with live tracking of any cohort, including vulnerable groups.

The Priory Preparatory School believes in employing great teachers and thus is able to offer a cross curricular approach to learning. This provides the children and the teachers with the opportunity to reinforce concepts through a variety of subjects. This proves to be far more engaging for the children and also facilitates a more creative and holistic approach to teaching.

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