What Back-to-School Looks Like For Royals: Here's What Prince George Can Expect in Year 1
In September of last year, Prince George made headlines when the adorable photos of him on his first day of full-day school at Thomas's Battersea School were released. Then he made headlines again when Prince William commented that his 4-year-old wasn't exactly fond of school a few days in. Now we're about to start the cycle over again since the new school year is about to begin, and spoiler alert: royals aren't spared from homework, so there's no telling what the young prince's reaction to his Year 1 (equivalent to kindergarten) curriculum will be.
According to the school's curriculum guide for the 2017-2018 school year (assuming it won't change too much for this year), it looks like George's time spent in Year 1 will be busy. "Year 1 sees the beginning of a more formalized 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," the Year 1 guide reads.
The guide reports that George and his peers will spend their learning time on the subjects of literacy, math, science, history and geography, religious studies, French, computing, art and design technology, drama, music, physical education, ballet, and, last but certainly not least for this particular age group, personal, social, health, and citizenship education. Although that seems like a full plate, not much of it will follow the young prince home. According to the homework section of the Year 1 guide, George will have 10 minutes of reading homework per night, as well as a new spelling rule or pattern each week.
However, that's not to say that Kate and Will won't have to do their parts at home. "The School recognizes the importance of a healthy home/school partnership and values the role of parents in the home," the guide reads. "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."
Looks like Thomas's Battersea has high expectations for its students and their parents, so we're wishing George, Will, and Kate the best! Until George's new first-day-of-school photos are taken, keep reading for a peek at his first day of Reception (preschool) photos from last year, as well as his sweet nursery school portraits from 2016.