Boys at Papplewick are divided into Year groups 2 to 8 with an average class size of 13.
Those in Years 2-4 are primarily under the care of form mistresses and there is a strong emphasis on reading, writing and basic numeracy. However, their curriculum also includes Science, French, Drama, Religious Studies, Music, ICT, Art and DT which are taught by specialists. In Year 5, Latin is started and boys remain under the guidance of a form teacher but the majority of teaching is delivered by subject specialists. In Year 2, there is one class, and years 3-5, there are two classes.
In years 6-8, two classes become three, and a formal scholarship set is created to whom Greek is also taught. French is 'set' in Year 7 with all subjects 'set' in Year 8. Schemes of work are designed with close reference to the National Curriculum, Common Entrance and Public School scholarship syllabuses. It is very much our belief that teachers should be there to inspire the boys and not just to be 'curriculum deliverers'.