Russell HouseRussell House

An Independent Co-educational Preparatory School for Children aged 2-11

  • Russell House School, Station Road, Otford, Sevenoaks, TN14 5QU
  • Telephone: 01959 522352


Russell House

Important Notice


Early Years

The Early Years curriculum is based on seven areas of learning and development. It is delivered through purposeful play and a rich variety of activities led by teachers and by the children themselves. Teacher-led activities ensure children are fully prepared to transfer into our main school.

Personal social and emotional development

The children are provided with experiences and support to help them develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, social skills, respect for others and a positive disposition to learn.

Communication and language

Children are given every opportunity to engage in conversations with adults and those around them. This is achieved through play, games, books, songs, music and everyday situations, all within an environment rich in communication through speaking.

Physical development 

Physical development enhances the children’s self-esteem and makes them aware of the benefits of being active and healthy. They have opportunities inside and out to be active and play, making use of the natural environment as well as being guided in the use of equipment encouraging the development of their motor skills.


The children receive phonics teaching as we help them to link sounds and letters in order to begin to read and write with support. They also experience a rich variety of story, poetry and non-fiction books, both in the classroom and the library.


Children’s understanding of numbers, calculating skills, working with shapes, space, and measure is developed. They are encouraged to make connections and develop mathematical strategies to solve practical problems within a broad range of contexts.

Understanding the world 

Through exploration, investigation, practical activities, building on their own experiences and being encouraged to encounter new experiences children gain understanding of their environment and the people within it. This area of learning provides the foundations for Science, Technology, Geography, History and Information Communication Technology while increasing understanding of other cultures.

Expressive arts and design 

The children express and communicate their ideas through art, design and technology, music, dance, drama, role play and imaginative activities. Their natural curiosity is supported and developed through encouragement to explore and play. 

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