Academic

Curriculum

At Peponi House, we pride ourselves on giving our children breadth as well as depth in their education. Our academic curriculum is based on the framework provided by the British National Curriculum and the demands of the Common Entrance (CE) syllabus for preparatory schools. Children study Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Kiswahili, Science, Drama, Art, Design Technology, Computing, Music, PE, Swimming, French (from Year 3), Spanish or Latin (from Year 6).

Learning to Learn

Exploration, interaction and thoughtfulness are the foundations of the learning experience we provide at Peponi House. Children are encouraged to be independent learners from Year 2 and they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

We make the most of practical, investigative and interactive classroom experiences. We have Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms and consequently, innovative technology is at the heart of teaching and learning.

We aim to challenge and stretch each individual child, acknowledging that they are unique, whole people who should be nurtured and developed in a stimulating, open-minded educational environment.

Juniors (Years 2-4)

Our dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff are committed to creating an atmosphere in which every child develops all of their abilities. We have high expectations of all of our children and deliver interactive lessons in all subjects. Our classrooms are equipped with dual touch interactive SMART boards, allowing the children the opportunity to use and explore technology in learning, keeping up with the ever-changing trends in education whilst gaining dynamic skills.

Within the journey of the Junior Department, we help by guiding the children to take charge of their learning to become confident and lively learners and by exploring what they would like to find. This is reinforced by exciting and educational trips where children are able to reinforce their learning and put valuable skills into practice.

We pay particular attention to the teaching and learning of English and Maths. In English, we use Accelerated Reader, which monitors the progress of an individual child’s reading, whilst allowing them the freedom to choose their own books, maintaining ownership of their own reading progress. Teaching innovative creative writing, as well as laying the foundations of strong English comprehension skills are at the basis of our literacy syllabus in the Junior Department. In Maths, we have introduced a new and more demanding curriculum, raising our expectations of what the children should be able to achieve by the time they join the Senior Department.

Seniors (Years 5-8)

Year 5 is a transition year during which the children are taught English and the Humanities by a form teacher, but they are exposed to more specialist teachers for the rest of the curriculum. From Year 6 onwards, all subjects are taught by subject specialists.

All pupils take French throughout, unless a pupil has special educational needs which warrant additional time with a Learning Support teacher. In Year 6, pupils do a term of Kiswahili, a term of Spanish and a term of Latin, one of which is then chosen as an additional 2nd language to be continued into Year 7 and 8.

All pupils are prepared for the Common Entrance examinations (ISEB) which is sat at the end of Year 8. There are exams in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, French, Spanish and Latin. The majority of our Year 8 pupils go on to their senior schools in Kenya and the UK and we have an outstanding number of scholarships, demonstrating that our children can and do achieve the very highest standards.



  • IAPS Excellence in Education