The future King’s year-long curriculum includes core subjects such as math, English, science, history and geography. He will also be taught religious studies, French, computing, art/design technology, music, drama, P.E. and ballet.
“The curriculum presented in Year 2 reflects the increased ability of the children, both academically and socially,” Helen Haslem, Head of Lower School, says on the school’s website. “It sees the completion of the basic skills in literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 1. Individual strengths and talents begin to emerge, which you will undoubtedly begin to see.”
“The children are asked to become more responsible in Year 2; this may start with the children recording their own homework in their diaries,” Haslem continues. “This increasing independence allows for a smooth transition to the Prep School.”
He’ll also attend a 35-minute French class once a week. In addition to learning the language, students will learn about the French way of life. A 40-minute weekly drama class will aim to teach communication skills, self-expression and empathy.George will attend a music class twice a week that will include teachings from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and the Classical era. George will also continue to work on his dance skills with a 35-minute ballet lesson each week. (Each class is accompanied by a live pianist!) The curriculum follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus and will develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creative, expression and musicality. Prince William says George “loves” his ballet classes, which he started taking in Year 1.
he $23,000-a-year establishment, which is about four miles south of the royal family’s Kensington Palace home, is “a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy,” The Good Schools Guide says. “That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get.