Lower School

“Pupils in Year 1 produced writing of very high quality during a comprehension exercise, featuring well-constructed sentences and well-formed cursive handwriting. They read their work fluently, confidently and with much expression, exhibiting reading skills well above age-related expectations.”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection - June 2019

T he Lower School, for girls from Reception to Year Two, forms the foundation for the education of our pupils.  In Reception, we provide an easy transition from Little Vic. Girls are given a thorough grounding in phonics and reading and will be taught to recognise and use numbers with a real understanding.  We also believe that the Reception year establishes a secure environment so that the girls enjoy coming to school and in which they will flourish and be able to learn easily.  Our small class sizes and a teacher and teaching assistant in each class ensure the girls get the best possible start.

The Old Vicarage School has opted out of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, but Little Vic and our Reception classes still follow the Government’s Curriculum Guidance.  Information on this can be found in our Curriculum Policy and our ‘Early Years Information for Parents’ document.

In Years One and Two, while they still have the security of a form teacher who teaches them most subjects, the girls start to apply the core skills learned in Reception in a classroom environment.  They will have fun creating imaginative stories, explore many different books and authors and begin to explore poetry.  We introduce the mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics, based on the approach followed with great success in Singapore and the girls are achieving excellent results based on the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach, with the early mathematicians developing their understanding through all sorts of different practical approaches.  They explore their local community in History and Geography lessons and learn about other countries and other times.  We are so fortunate to have many local and London museums to bring the past to life.

By Year Two, the girls are introduced to more specialist teachers for Music, Art, PE, ICT, French and Religious Studies, some of whom also teach the girls in earlier years.  In this way the girls both know, and are known by, so many other members of staff and really feel part of the Old Vicarage Community.

Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Bawdsey Manor

Last week saw the return of our Upper School residential trips! Our Year 6 girls had a brilliant week at PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They did many exciting activities including orienteering, climbing, archery and assault courses. In the evenings there were...

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt!

Our girls braved the cold weather this morning for their annual Buddy Easter Egg Hunt at Terrace Gardens. It was great to see so many chocolate smiles! 🐣🍫

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Lorax

Year 3 brought one of Dr Seuss’ most powerful stories to life for their Spring Concert this year, ‘The Lorax’. The story detailed a cautionary tale about our duty to protect our precious planet. The girls mastered the whimsical Seussical rhymes and sang their hearts...

Lights, Music, Action…ABBA!

Our Year 4 girls delivered an amazing performance on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as they sang five of ABBA’s most popular hits from the seventies.  The stage was awash with colour, bling and smiles as the girls swayed and twirled their way through the songs.  Their...

Chinese New Year

This week our girls filled the corridors with their brightly coloured outfits as we celebrated Chinese New Year.  They had a fun filled day making paper lanterns, dragon puppets and calligraphy writing.  They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at...

Year 3 trip to the Science Museum

This week our Year 3 girls visited the London Science Museum. They explored Space, The Science City, Information Age and Mathematics exhibitions before engaging in the interactive Wonderlab! The girls thoroughly loved the hands on FUN science activities, which engaged...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was four great Christmas stories told by our pre-school and Lower School in their own unique ways.  Considering there were many Covid absences in the lead up to these performances, the girls really pulled together and did incredibly...

Year 2 trip to The Poppy Factory

Following Remembrance Sunday, on Monday our Year 2 girls visited The Poppy Factory. They learnt all about how they manufacture the iconic poppy pins and wreaths used during Remembrance and the special meaning behind them. They even had a chance to make their own! They...

Reception trip to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

On Monday, our Reception girls visited Battersea Park Children's Zoo. The children learnt all about the different animals living there by our wonderful Zookeeper Sue. They saw monkeys, owls, pigs and even two emus called Ant and Dec! They also had time to play in the...