The end of the summer break is near and with it begins the preparation for the start of the new school year, so what kind of new responsibilities will the young Prince have?
The 6-year-old Prince George will this year be again going to Thomas’s Battersea, starting his Year 2 classroom on September 5th, and this year will be a bit more challenging for the young Prince. This year, the future King’s year-long curriculum will have 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.”
George won’t be the only with new responsibilities, as his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William will be the ones in charge of keeping George on task when it comes to his daily homework. Each day the Prince will be coming home to the Palace with 10 minutes of reading homework. On top of that, every week a spelling rule will be sent home. Another twenty minutes will most likely be given to some other task from time to time-be it practising number bonds, times tables, a short written activity or a creative, research or practical activity.
This year Prince George will be developing his language skills through poetry reciting, telling stories and reading aloud to a group. He will also be working on his writing, trying to perfect it as well as learning cursive. Once a week he will have a 35-minute French class, and not only will he be learning the language, students will also be learning about the French way of life. A 40-minute weekly drama class will have the goal of teaching the student’s communication skills, self-expression and empathy.
Twice a week, Prince George will be attending music class that will include teachings from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and the Classical era. He will also continue to improve his dance skills with the ballet classes he started back in Year 1 with a 35-minute ballet lesson each week. (each of the lessons and classes 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 has said that Prince George “loves” his ballet classes in past interviews.
The $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.” Good to see that taxpayers money is getting used wisely.
A royal insider has said that Prince George is “very happy” at his current school, where he is known as George Cambridge. And this year his younger sister Princess Charlotte will also start school at Thomas’s Battersea. “She can’t wait to be with George at big school,” an insider says. “She’s so excited about it all.”