Jr School curriculum - early years - reception

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“Pupils in Nursery and Reception Classes make good progress and all achieve or exceed the nationally recommended levels for children of this age.” ISI Report 2007.

Girls join Reception the September after their fourth birthday.

Starting in Reception, and throughout her time at Walthamstow Hall your daughter will be taught in one of two parallel classes with a class size of 16 usually the norm.

Each Reception class is taught by a qualified teacher supported by a Classroom Assistant. As the girls complete the foundation for their future learning , there is a healthy balance between formal and play activities both inside and outdoors and weekly Swimming and Ballet lessons are added to the curriculum.


As in our Nursery through the curriculum and appropriate, safe learning environment we ensure that girls in Reception feel confident and secure in order to develop as independent learners. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and choices are well as show respect for others.

The curriculum for girls in Reception, as in Nursery, is based on the statutory framework and practice guidelines set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The areas of learning and experience are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy development
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development


We use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, as well as some phonic schemes inline with the synthetic phonic approach. We consider the individual girls’ needs when guiding het through an appropriate programme.


We believe that young children learn effectively through purposeful, structured play, exploration and speech. We plan for play in the curriculum in both Nursery and Reception to support the girls’ physical, emotional and spiritual growth, intellectual development and behavioural skills. They are given opportunities to engage in imaginative, investigative a, exploratory, structured and open-ended play as well as developing early reading, writing and numeracy skills at this stage.


In Reception the girls are introduced gradually to homework through reading homework and a word bag.