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 nursery. 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.

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.

OVS Lower School Virtual Marathon

As this year’s London Marathon was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, our lower school girls were challenged by Mrs Russell to take on the 26.2 miles themselves.  The girls could run, jog, walk, scoot or even cycle around the block or in their garden with the...

Soldier visits Little Vic

When a trip to Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the Little Vic girls were very disappointed. However, Miss Grayson quickly organised a surprise visit by a friendly soldier to the pre-school instead. The girls had a great time dressing their...

Alumnae Event – Thursday 30th April 6.00 – 8.00pm – POSTPONED

To mark our 90th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, we will be hosting a number of events to celebrate our school, teachers and pupils, past and present.  With this in mind, we would like to invite former pupils and teachers to attend our first Alumnae...

Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Tournament

On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough,...

Year 3 Spring Concert – Peter Pan

Our Year 3 took us on a magical Neverland adventure in which fairies, pirates and mermaids exist, children never grow up and people fly.  Along the way we met Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbella, the lost boys and the horrible Captain Hook.  As...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year 4s performed the Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the main characters Jack , his mum, auntie and Daisy the cow, all contributing to the humorous take of this popular fairy story. Jack, (definitely whiffy) and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant's...

Chinese New Year

The girls at Old Vicarage School celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Rat in style this year on Friday 24th January.  The school was decorated with red lucky messages and pictures and the girls came to school dressed in traditional Chinese outfits or wearing...

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 three great Christmas stories told by the Lower School in their own unique ways.  The Reception girls performed to their parents, for the very first time, and delighted them with “Shine, Star, Shine” which was performed...

Year 5 Viking Day

Year 5 had a wonderful time experiencing elements of Viking life and spent the day working together in small groups.  They each tried making wooden shields and sewing sails that would eventually attach to a 6 metre scaled longship.  The rivets of the ship were tricky...
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