Every parent in Canada is hanging on to this last week of summer, because a week from now the kiddies will be back in school. Just a few more days, moms and dads, and freedom will be yours. And we assume Prince William and Duchess Kate feel the same way. Yes, they’re royalty but as parents of three kids under the age of five, getting one out of the house for the bulk of a day is cause for celebration.
Their eldest, Prince George, is set to start Year 1, which is the equivalent of grade primary/senior kindergarten, depending on where you live in Canada. But if you’re expecting the future king to be finger painting and taking extended naps, think again. This is Thomas’s Battersea, we’re talking about, a posh London school that offers “a rich and broad curriculum,” as it states on its website. And let’s just say George and his classmates are in for quite a year.
Some of the classes offered to the pupils include French, ballet, and information and communications technology, all of which are taught by specialist teachers. The Daily Mail points out that the children in Year 1 will build on what they already learned, including mastering their handwriting (a lost art nowadays), fluent speech, Bible studies and all kinds of math.
While George and his classmates know some basics in French, they’ll learn more through fairy tales and songs. The kids will “develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity” in religious studies, though they’ll also be taught to “appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today.” They’ll also have access to the computer lab, where they’ll get a chance to improve their mouse skills, learn about Microsoft Word and “develop a greater understanding of algorithms.” Coding! Um, can we go here?
Thomas’s believes that the arts are just as important “and contribute immensely to social and emotional development” so drama, music and ballet (with each class accompanied by a live pianist!) are just a sample of what’s in store for George.
Once he’s back in the palace, the Cambridges are expected to do a little more homework with their son, including reading together for at least 10 minutes each night and completing a weekly spelling assignment. It may cost Will and Kate £20,000 a year but with everything George will be learning, not to mention abiding by the school’s most important rule, “Be Kind,” it seems well worth it.