In Reception, the curriculum is planned around the seven areas of learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The main Reception base consists of indoor and outdoor learning areas. Boys work on specific tasks and objectives in discrete Focus Learning Areas. The remainder of the time, they can choose freely which of the well-planned and structured activities to participate in - all of which help consolidate the learning skills delivered through the Focus Learning Areas.
Each day, there is a phonics session (Read Write Inc) and a maths session where boys are taught in small groups.
Six 'boy-specific' topics are focussed on each year, for example Dinosaurs, which link all areas of the curriculum together.
The role play area - whether a rocket, a bear's den or a moon cafe - as well as providing a lot of fun, encourages learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Reading and writing feature prominently within Reception. There is lots of story telling aimed at developing boys story language and to encourage a love of reading. An annual Bed Time Story Session is held. Boys (in their pyjamas) and their parents come and enjoy early evening stories, milk and cookies! An initiative designed to encourage reading at home.
Gentle writing tasks - such as taking a customer order in the role play area, provide subtle ways to encourage boys to write. Spanish is introduced in Reception and continued through Years 1 and 2.