Ballet, maths and homework: What year one will look like for Prince George

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
Stepping into year one like [Photo: PA Images]
Stepping into year one like [Photo: PA Images]

Prince George’s summer holidays are drawing to a close, early next month his royal cuteness will be donning his adorable school uniform and stepping into year one at Thomas’s Battersea.

The five-year-old royal spent his first school year settling into school life, but year one will be a whole different ball game with the learning of new subjects, like ballet, the introduction of homework and a much more structured regime.

As the school’s curriculum guide explains, “Year 1 sees the beginning of a more formalised learning program. Children in Year 1 become increasingly independent and confident and begin to relish the opportunity to tackle new challenges presented to them across the broad curriculum.”

While we already know that Prince George kicked off his learning in subjects such as French, Computing, Art, Music and Drama, he will be building on those initial skills and tackling some new ones including handwriting, better speech and basic Maths skills.

And the creative classes don’t stop there as George will also have a 35-minute ballet lesson each week.

The school’s website states that the learning of ballet “develops students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality, using a range of sounds and musical styles.

“This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to Ballet and other dance genres.”

According to Hello!, other new subjects the Prince will be dabbling in include science, history, and geography. He will also take on religious studies for the first time, and drama.

Of course if he needs any help with acting he can always turn to his aunt Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is a former ‘Suits’ actress.

Not only will George be taking on more complicated learning as the curriculum switches up a notch, he’ll also have to settle into a new classroom and meet his new teacher.

Prince George’s first day of school was almost a year ago [Photo: PA Images]
Prince George’s first day of school was almost a year ago [Photo: PA Images]

The leap from Reception to Year One will also mean that Prince George can expect more homework, something the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will likely have to help out as it will be in the form of 10 minutes reading each night and a spelling rule each week.

Parents’ contribution to their children’s education is something the school is keen to encourage as the school’s curriculum guide highlights; “the importance of a healthy home/school partnership and values the role of parents in the home.

“It also provides opportunities for them to contribute to the personal and social development of the children through active involvement in the life of the school.”

It’s hard to believe that is was almost a year ago that a nervous looking Prince George was greeted by the head of the lower school Ms Haslem when he arrived for his very first day of school.

The young Prince was accompanied by William only as the Duchess of Cambridge was too unwell to attend due to the extreme morning sickness she was suffering from her pregnancy with Prince Louis.

Kensington Palace hasn’t revealed if the Duchess will accompany George to school this year, but it’s hoped she might, as she was on hand to take pictures of Princess Charlotte when she started nursery school earlier this year.

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