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No longer a small child, the 4 to 6 year-old is energetic and increasingly competent – it is a delight to see their unfolding wonder at the world and to share their satisfaction as they discover their potential. These years see the girls exploring the joys of reading, choosing their own playmates and, importantly, learning how to ‘use’ school and all that it has to offer. Each child’s journey is very different though, and we need to support and guide without the burden of expectations; a time to trust our children and let them take their time and make their own discoveries.

Our Reception girls join us in Abbey Gardens where attributes of independence and resilience are heightened, with girls being encouraged to develop skills of learning as well as developing their knowledge of the world around them. Curiosity and enquiry based learning are at the core of our teaching and principles. Throughout this year, our pupils progress from a predominantly play based curriculum to more formal learning experiences in preparation for their transition to Prep (Year 1). Reception also marks the start of our formal reading programme for our pupils; this is closely supported by a Parents’ Evening introducing Literacy teaching and learning to our families.

Prep (Year 1) is an exciting next step in our girls' learning journey. The girls enjoy a cross-curricular approach in their learning as they continue to explore core skills explored in Reception, developing these further in a wide range of tasks and contexts. The girls are also introduced to specialist teaching in Music and PE, and in the summer term begin swimming lessons at the Senior School. Prep is also the first opportunity that girls get to enjoy lunchtime clubs, from Key Stage 1 Choir to Nature Detectives.