What Prince George will learn in Year One at Thomas’s Battersea

Classes fit for a prince! George, five, will study the bible, learn French fairy tales and enjoy weekly BALLET when he starts Year One at his £20,000-a-year London school

  • Prince George, five, will enter Year One of Thomas’s Battersea next month
  • The royal will take subjects like Science, History and Geography for the first time
  • He will also build on his basic French skills by learning songs and fairy tales 
  • The class will study the bible and continue with their weekly compulsory ballet  

Like children everywhere, Prince George will soon be heading back to school for the start of the new term.

The five-year-old royal will next month join his classmates in Year One of the £20,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea, south-west London.

Not only will George be settling into a new classroom and meeting a new teacher, he will also be taking on new subjects like Science, History and Geography, as the cirriculum becomes more challenging.  

Back to school! Prince George, five, will soon return to the £20,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea to start Year One. Pictured, the royal on his first day of the south-London school last year

Plenty to learn: Prince George and his classmates will build on what they learned in reception as well as be introduced to subjects including Science, History and Geography. Thomas’s Battersea, pictured in a file image, also offers pupils weekly 35-minute ballet lessons

According to the school’s website, Year One pupils will build on what they learned in reception and develop key skills including joined-up handwriting, fluent speech and a greater understanding of Maths.


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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also find themselves doing more homework with their eldest son, with pupils expected to read for 10 minutes a night and to complete a weekly spelling assignment. 

New beginnings: Prince George and his friends will have a new classroom and meet a new teacher. Pictured, George clutches his father Prince William’s hand as he meets Head of the lower school Helen Haslem on his first day of school in September last year

George and his classmates already know some basics in French and will expand on this through learning fairy tales and songs in a weekly 35-minute class taught by a specialist teacher. 

What will Prince George learn in Year 1?

Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies PSHCE, all taught by a form teacher. Each class also has their own teaching assistant.   

Year One pupils will also have weekly 35-minute French lessons, taught by a specialist, and a weekly Computing lesson in the Computing Suite. 

Pupils also take classes in Art/Design Technology, Music and Drama. 

 Ballet is taught to all pupils in Year One by a specialist teacher in one 35-minute lesson per week and each class is accompanied by a live pianist.

They will also expand their vocabulary with winter clothes, days of the week and classroom objects. 

In Religious Studies, taught by George’s Form Teacher, children will ‘develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity’ and be taught to ‘appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today’. 

Bible study will introduce the children to key stories including Noah, Joseph and David and Goliath. 

In a show of the school’s incredible facilities, George and his classmates will be given weekly Computing lessons in a dedicated suite equipped with 22 computers. 

There they will improve their mouse usage, be introduced to Microsoft Word and ‘develop a greater understanding of algorithms’.

Outside of the classroom, George and his peers will enjoy Drama, Art and Ballet classes. 

Homework: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will likely help George with his daily reading and weekly spelling assignment. Pictured, father and son on the first day of school last year

Ballet is taught to all pupils in Year One by a specialist teacher in one 35-minute lesson per week and each class is accompanied by a live pianist. 

The curriculum follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus.

Meanwhile PE lessons cover topics including Games, Gymnastics and Swimming.  

There are also no fewer than 24 after-school clubs at Thomas’s. And don’t assume George will be merely moulding Plasticine or painting papier-mache models.

George has the chance to join a debating club — it’s never too early to train for the Oxbridge societies — study philosophy, learn Italian or try his hand at songwriting, fencing, golf or pottery.

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