Pupils show strong knowledge and understanding across the range of subjects and they are highly effective in applying these skills.
ISI Inspection Report, October 2019
Art is taught to all boys throughout their time at Lyndhurst House. Within the Pre-Prep the boys do their art in the classrooms, whilst in Years 3 to 8 they use the specialist Art Room with the Head of Art.
The boys will concentrate on painting and drawing and some simple print-making is carried out. Sculpture is undertaken throughout a pupil’s School career, with an emphasis on construction of an armature and modelling techniques. There is a small amount of model-making in wood.
An Art History element is built into various projects. Some relate to exhibitions current in London, some to permanent collections. There are opportunities to visit museums and galleries. A considerable amount of work is done in pairs and groups. Preparation for art scholarship is given, and there is also an after-school art activity for pupils in Year 4 and above.
The Classics department at Lyndhurst House develops a logical, thorough and inquisitive approach to learning, stimulating children intellectually and testing their abilities to think laterally. We encourage children to study Classical languages, and eventually literature, at a later stage.
All boys study Latin (along with Greek and Roman culture) from Year 5, and there is the opportunity to take Ancient Greek in the last two years.
The study of Latin and Greek at Lyndhurst House is designed to improve pupils' understanding and manipulation of English. The School promotes the value of these languages through derivations and etymology. An emphasis is placed on the classical civilisation elements of the Common Entrance syllabus to supplement the language.
Pupils learn skills within the ever-changing world of technology. In the Pre-Prep and Lower School, pupils learn how to use I.C.T., within specific ICT lessons and in other subjects. By Year 6 pupils have the skills to use many different types of software, but they are also given the opportunity to become authors of computational tools.
The aims of the teaching of I.C.T. are as follows:
- Pupils will be able to use I.C.T. with enjoyment, confidence and a sense of achievement.
- Pupils will understand the importance of e-safety in their general use of ICT and in particular in their use of the internet, email and social networking.
- Pupils will use I.C.T. across the curriculum to enhance their learning.
- Pupils will be introduced to the creative side of computer science and have the opportunity to programme using appropriate software.
Drama is taught as a discrete subject to all boys in Years 1 to 5. Lessons are highly interactive, exploring use of the voice, improvisation, mime and storytelling by working in pairs or small groups. Every lesson begins with a whole-class drama game or activity to develop the boys' confidence in an inclusive, enjoyable environment.
Boys throughout the school are given the opportunity to perform in a number of productions each year.
Enjoyment and critical appreciation of literature and language are at the heart of the curriculum.
Providing pupils with opportunities to work with a wide variety of poetry, prose and plays, and with fictional and factual material, we foster a life-long love of reading. Writing, speaking and listening activities promote confident communication skills, while a firm grasp of grammar and syntax enables our pupils to use various kinds of written language effectively for creative expression and practical communication.
English is a key component of the entire School curriculum. We encourage independent study to develop with self-confidence, enjoyment and a positive attitude.
The French Department fosters confidence in learning a foreign language, to encourage ease and familiarity with basic French, to develop speaking, writing and reading of simple French.
The School also gives boys an insight into French culture and everyday life. Expression and communication is supported by a solid understanding of grammar, and the four skill areas are developed – listening, reading, speaking and writing, whilst increasing vocabulary.
The French curriculum enables pupils to undertake the Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations with flexibility, independent learning and personal expression.
The teaching stimulates curiosity about our planet, leading to a better understanding of the world and the ways we relate to it. Pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive, open-minded and questioning about the world and to learn the skills and abilities to understand and respect it and to appreciate the importance of a sustainable future.
Boys learn skills and enquiry methods to enhance their understanding of:
- People and places, and of how the environment develops in a sustainable or unsustainable manner.
- Physical and human landscapes, different societies and cultures and awareness of global interdependence.
Boys also have the opportunity to apply their geographical knowledge to the world beyond the classroom, by undertaking fieldwork. They develop their map-work and fieldwork skills, and analyse evidence, ideas and opinions.
The Lyndhurst history curriculum provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved by asking: Where? When? How? What? Why?
History excites curiosity and imagination about the past. Pupils learn by experience and pupils learn the value of looking at artefacts, visiting museums and places of interest as part of the curriculum. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions. In doing so, pupils develop a chronological framework of significant events and people and an insight into the dynamic and psychology of the past.
Mathematics is taught as a tool to be used and as a subject of its own. The School helps each boy to reach a high standard.
Different ranges of ability are catered for by setting and also by differentiated teaching as necessary. Mathematical concepts and their application to situations are taught by the class teachers from Reception to Year 5, and thereafter by the specialist Head of Mathematics, leading to Common Entrance and Scholarship exams.
Music is taught weekly to all boys by the Director of Music. Lessons are lively, encouraging boys to enjoy making music and to develop their performance skills, confidence, creativity and aural perception. The curriculum explores classical, popular and world music styles from the Renaissance to the present day, getting boys to listen, compose and partake. Singing is a major part of the curriculum, with regular singing assemblies, where boys share the joy of music.
Instrumental tuition is also offered, including piano, woodwind, strings, guitar, drum kit, singing and brass instruments. There are numerous opportunities for boys to demonstrate their musical skills in School concerts, assemblies and the classroom. Performance and ensemble skills are enjoyed in a wide variety of 'before and after' School clubs.
Physical Education gives all boys, irrespective of their academic or physical ability, the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a progressive and balanced programme of activities that build confidence and enjoyment in a safe and caring environment. The physical activities develop decision making and selecting, refining, judging and adapting skills. Boys are encouraged in the personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm. The main sports are football, basketball, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics (including cross country).
Physical Education includes:-
- The basic skills to build physical development, body awareness, co-ordination and team work.
- Handling equipment safely and a responsible attitude toward safety.
- Understanding the relationship between keeping fit and being healthy, and encouraging an active lifestyle.
The School’s Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship curriculum provides coherence in the way pupils develop a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a modern democracy. Education is about helping pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent live. The School endeavours to enable boys to make sound judegments of their own.
PSHE relies on the partnership between parents and School. With this in mind, it is important that the values of this policy are reinforced at School and at home.
The curriculum in PSHE and Citizenship provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve. The School helps all pupils to:
- Further their personal development
- Evaluate issues for themselves, rather than to follow the latest fashionable views
- Consider how their actions affect other people’s lives
- To understand the society and democracy in which they live
- To understand the importance of kindness to others and be fully conversant with the School’s Anti-Bullying policy
- Become independent thinkers and learners
Effective PSHE should contribute to well-being in the School community and therefore our scheme is based around the five elements of well-being:
- Be healthy (both physically and mentally)
- Have perspective
- Ensure that there is meaning and purpose in your life
- Have strong relationships
- Recognise and celebrate your strengths.
Lyndhurst is engaged with a variety of charities which change from year to year. The School has awareness weeks and fundraising events for these chosen charities. There is good environmental awareness, with an eco-committee School club and events to help boys become more environmentally aware. We also participate in the Anti-Bullying Fortnight every year, and assemblies reinforce the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as does the teaching of R.S. throughout the School.
The study of Religious Studies helps pupils to:
- Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of all the major religions and the relationship of these with their God.
- Understand the nature of religious beliefs, values, traditions and practices and foster their own spiritual development.
- Develop a positive attitude towards other people and their rights to hold beliefs different from one's own.
- Explore important questions arising out of the common experiences of life, e.g. bereavement, sibling rivalry, unfair treatment, and to examine the meaning and purpose of life.
- Develop an awareness of moral and social issues.
The School's Science curriculum includes a stimulating programme of activities that aims to bring science to life, and to encourage an interest that will last a lifetime. Boys in the Pre-Prep and in Years 3, 4 and 5 follow a structured science syllabus taught by their class teacher; here they develop investigative skills alongside acquisition of theoretical knowledge in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Gaining understanding through experience is key, and extra-curricular opportunities are provided. Above all, the School provides a learning environment that is relevant, interesting and fun.
From Years 6 to 8, the boys are taught by the Head of Science and all lessons are taught in the Science laboratory. Here opportunities exist to investigate the energy content of fuels, compare the effectiveness of a range of indigestion remedies, use forensic techniques to solve a 'crime' or find out how parachutes work. Pupils are taught to understand the 'how and why' behind ideas, the history and inspiration of discovery and the joy behind 'eureka' moments.
Every boy's academic potential is awakened by the use of a variety of modern and traditional teaching and learning methods, including: use of ICT and multi-media software, professional audio-visual facilities and a 'hands-on' approach to scientific investigations. There is rigorous preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship Examinations at 13+, prior to Senior School transfer. Classroom activities are combined with a rich blend of trips and visits. We value safety, creativity, awareness, understanding, curiosity and a desire to learn more about the natural world - our responsibilities to it and our place within it.
Spanish has been recently introduced into Year 8 where the boys are given a thorough grounding in key topic areas, in all the different skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing with an ever-increasing range of vocabulary. It gives the boys confidence in their studies, setting them up well for their language studies in the next school. In addition, it links up well with their French and Latin knowledge. The boys are introduced to the Spanish-speaking world, opening the door to a wide range of different cultures and opportunities.