Curriculum

In the Pre-Prep we provide our pupils with a varied and interesting learning environment, and offer a carefully balanced curriculum. Areas of learning focus on:

  • Literacy/Phonics
  • Numeracy
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

There are specialist areas to enable creative learning and an outside classroom giving plenty of scope for all-weather outside learning and play. We have specialist teaching for PE, Music, Computing and French.

Sport and Outdoor Learning


At The Maynard, all of our Junior and Pre-Prep pupils experience a term of early morning Yoga, helping to wake them up and be ready for their day, improve their balance, strength and flexibility whilst having fun and learning to be body confident.

Pre-Prep pupils also enjoy weekly swimming lessons at St Luke’s campus (University of Exeter) during the autumn and spring terms, and tennis lessons with our specialist tennis coach Jon Rycroft during the summer term.

We are lucky enough to have an on-site Forest School and all our Pre-Prep pupils will take part in weekly Forest School sessions on Friday afternoons during the summer term.

We also offer Ballet and Martial Arts lessons once a week, taught by our specialist teachers Mrs Barlow and Mrs Catterick .

Our classes

Swifts (Reception Class)


This class will be for children rising 5 years of age. Reception pupils will be known as ‘Swifts’ and will be taught by their class teacher. Children will follow the foundation stage curriculum, as well as preparing for Year 1. Specialist teachers from the Junior School will teach certain subjects including PE, Computing, Music and French.

Swallows (Year 1 Class)


Year 1 pupils (rising 6 years of age) will be known as ‘Swallows’. They will be taught by their class teacher with certain subjects – including PE, Computing Music and Languages – taught by specialist teachers.

Swans (Year 2 Class)


Year 2 pupils (rising 7 years of age) will be known as ‘Swans’. They will be taught by their class teacher, with certain subjects – including PE, Computing Music and Languages – taught by specialist teachers.

Here at The Maynard the girls are very much part of a real family setting. We help them to learn what is expected of them, to make new friends, resolve differences and acquire the social skills and manners to last them a lifetime.