Learning at Maseru Preparatory
We have three foundation phase programmes: Nursery for ages two to three, Rising Fours for ages three to four and Reception for ages four to five.
Classes are from 8:00 am to 1:45 Monday to Thursday but close at 12:20 pm on Friday.
The foundation phase is committed to providing learning experiences for each student in preparation for the Cambridge curriculum. The focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education foundation which promotes each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Our curriculum ensures that students are driven by their interest to learn. There is a strong focus on social collaboration and working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. Children search out knowledge through their own investigations using concrete objects.
Children are encouraged to use language to investigate, explore and reflect their experiences. The teachers are not the only givers of knowledge. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search. Our environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. Classrooms are filled with natural light, order and beauty. We have open spaces where every material is considered for its purpose. Every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests. We have adequate outdoor activities where students get involved in climbing, running, water and sand play. The teachers use continuous assessment and documentation to observe students’ progress.
We have interesting events during the year like an International week, Christmas concert, Mothers’/fathers’ appreciation assemblies, movie days and Easter egg hunt day.
Key Stage 1
The Key Stage 1 work is founded on the Cambridge Curriculum. Building on the foundation of Early Years, there is further development of the basic skills in literacy, numeracy and science which are taught through activities and practical involvement leading to the acquisition of the key concepts. The overall curriculum is broad and balanced to serve the children well for future learning in Key Stage 2. Individual needs are assessed to exploit each child’s full potential academically, physically, emotionally and socially.
Learning in Key Stage 1 follows a holistic approach with engaging topics suitable for their age and stage. There is also an emphasis on local culture and history. Children learn to be independent readers using the Jolly Phonics scheme, a child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.
Children also are taught how to read tricky sounds (high-frequency words) which have irregular spellings.
Key Stage 2
In KS2 we have Years 3, 4, 5, and 6. Each of these Years has 3 classes that have no more than 24 students.
We regard academic excellence as an integral part of our Mission hence subject teaching is practised and considered highly from Year 4 to Year 6. Every subject has a subject coordinator to make sure planning is done and all the work is taught. Each teacher becomes an expert in their specific subjects and all the work is covered in every curriculum in this stage. The academic subjects include English, Maths, Science and Social Studies which includes History and Geography.
We endeavour to prepare our students in every respect for the Cambridge Examinations. The Year 6 group writes Cambridge’s checkpoint test in April.
As we challenge students to think analytically, we rigorously monitor all aspects of their academics through continuous assessment. This formative assessment covers the range of informal diagnostic tests and projects used to assist the process of learning.
The class teachers, HOD and the headmaster then have a SWP-Student Work Progress- meeting with Y3-6 teachers and the marks of all students are checked and discussed. Students lagging receive instant help.
Same green and white check dress and hat with logos
White socks and black shoes
Winter – Boys and Girls
White long sleeve shirt with logo and grey long pants
Short grey socks for boys and short white socks for girls and black shoes
Green jersey with logo and/or green windbreaker with logo
KS2 (Y3 – Y6) students wear ties with a white shirt
Summer – Boys
Green floppy hat with logo
Green and white check short-sleeve shirt with logo – not tucked in
Grey short pants
Grey long socks with green and white stripes at the top
House t-shirt/white golf shirt with logo in summer and green tracksuit with logo in winter
White short pants
White short socks with running shoes
Admission & Enrolment Procedure at MPS
The aim of the policy is:
- To regulate the age criteria for entrance to the school at a particular year level.
- To place the pupils in the relevant year groups.
- To make sure pupils enrolled at the school are placed in a class where their social, emotional, cognitive and psychological needs are effectively catered for.
- To ensure that the pupils’ potential is maximised.