Lower School (6-9 Years)

The Wider Curriculum


Our core Lower School music curriculum includes taking part in productions, singing in the rock choir and learning a brass instrument. In addition, children have opportunity to take private music tuition in voice, brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. In most cases instruments can be borrowed from the school’s collection for a nominal fee.


Our core PE/Games curriculum includes the introduction of rounders, netball, hockey, football, cricket and rugby, with sport fixtures starting in Year 3.  All pupils take part. Opportunities to try an even wider range of sport clubs are available through our afterschool Flexiday programme, including fencing, tennis, climbing, gymnastics and multisports.


Drama is offered within the core curriculum and includes taking part in productions of increasing complexity as the children progress through the Lower School. Extracurricular opportunities available through our Flexiday Programme include one-to-one drama tuition (LAMDA), as well as Drama Club and Street Dance, Acrobatics and Theatre Club.


Science is an explosive subject at Pennthorpe, highlighted each year by our not-to-be-missed Little Big Bang Science Fair. In addition, mad science holiday clubs are frequently offered and prove hugely popular.

Outdoor Learning

We believe that access to the outdoors is vital for children’s development. Children will benefit at all ages in a variety of ways from improved concentration to managing failure. Lower School children all have access to a Forest School programme here at Pennthorpe. We recognise the importance of such an experience for a number of reasons such as children initiating and driving their own learning and development or helping them to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people.

Forest school is recognised as an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland.

Trips and Outings

Our pupils have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of educational visits. These are an important part of Lower School life and are not only exciting for our children but enrich their learning, encourage independence and help children access the wider world around them. These include a variety of day visits to local places of educational interest linked to topics being studied in the curriculum at the time such as the Home Farm, Arundel Castle, Alice Holt Forest, Weald and Downland Museum, Brighton Aquarium, Littlehampton RNLI, Hampton Court, Butser Ancient Farm to name but a few. Full details of all educational visits are sent out to parents well in advance of the trip. Parents must complete the relevant forms before a child is allowed to participate in an educational visit. The cost of the trip will be added to your fee invoice, and you will be informed of the amount prior to the day.

The school encourages outside visitors to visit us and the children receive enrichment through these visits. These include acting companies who involve the children in their performances, authors, artists and family members.


Competing on Sports Day

Learning to play the trumpet

Enjoying the natural environment

Exploring new media in the Art Studio