School Structure 


Form 3 is the first year within the Prep School at St. Mary’s School and children start Form 3 at age seven.  Most core subjects are taught by the class teacher although specialist teachers teach subjects in the expressive arts, games and languages. 


During the year we are aiming to be:
  • REFLECTIVE – using skills to learn and investigate
  • RESPONSIBLE – develop independence
  • RISK MANAGERS – encouraged to express our ideas
  • RESILIENT – build up confidence
  • RESOURCEFUL – encourage organisation

As Form 3 is a child’s first year in the prep school, it is also the first year pupils are working towards formal assessments which are based on our varied curriculum. 



This includes:

•    English – reading, writing (imaginary, personal, functional), comprehension, grammar, spelling, poetry  and listening and talking
•    Maths – variety of maths concepts including times tables, shape, measure, addition, subtraction, division, place value   and problem solving
•    Science – linked to the Common Entrance syllabus
•    Geography – Our place in the world and Weather
•    History – Ancient Egypt and The Vikings
•    RE – study of world religions
•    PSD – citizenship, wellbeing and road/rail safety
•    Languages – French and German

•    Design and Technology – creative constructions
•    Expressive arts – music, art and drama
•    Games and PE – we have 2 X 35 minutes of P.E /games sessions three times per week. P.E. includes gymnastics and athletics.  Boys have rugby, football and cricket and girls have sessions in hockey, netball and rounders. 

•    Other sports – Summer Term - swimming is added to the timetable and tennis coaching is available after school.



Form 3 pupils are also involved in:

•    Junior Choir – Forms 3, 4 and 5
•    Being part of prep school Library Elves group, Eco-Committee and Pupil Council
•    Prep-school poetry recital competition
•    squad events – squad day, singing competition and squad sports events
•    Representing U8/U9 teams in fixtures
•    Middle school drama performance in the Lent term for Forms 3, 4 and 5
•    Camp Day – a day of outdoor pursuits and activities – Summer Term

•    Being part of the prep-school Tennis competitions – Summer Term


We try to arrange trips to link to topics, for example:

•    Samye Ling Buddhist Temple at Eskdalemuir – linked to RE
•    Local library visit
•    Chamber Street Museum, Edinburgh – linked to history topics (Egyptians and Vikings)
•    Celebration of World Book Day and Melrose Book Festival

Local walks – linked to Geography
Edinburgh Zoo trip – linked to science, classification topic
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