Reception curriculum

The Reception girls follow the nationally established Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This sets out a clearly defined group of seven areas of learning that most girls are expected to achieve by the end of their Reception Year. At Reception level, learning provides a balance of focused teaching and carefully guided play activities which encourage girls to explore, investigate and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The areas of learning can be summarised as follows:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In addition to specialist, teachers provide weekly sessions of:

  • Swimming
  • A modern language (Spanish/ French or Mandarin) through our Language Discovery Programme 
  • Computing 
  • PE (gymnastics, dance)
  • Music 

Each Reception class has a full-time qualified teacher and a fully-qualified Early Years Teaching Assistant. The girls in Reception have a separate outdoor area as well as being able to use the main Infant School playground and fields for their supervised play times. The outdoor areas at Queen's provide bountiful opportunities for girls to run, climb, sing, explore and think. A safe and nurturing atmosphere promoting health, happiness and wellbeing is key.

We believe that every girl deserves the best possible start in life and we support each individual, enabling them to reach their full potential. We understand that girls learn and develop in different ways and at different rates, and use a variety of teaching methods to suit individual learning styles. A positive ethos is always encouraged and we teach all our girls to care and have respect for themselves, each other and the environment in which they live.