Girls start Reception in the academic year in which they turn five. Many progress from Mulberry House Nursery, but girls are welcome to join WGHS Junior School at Reception.
Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This curriculum forms an important part of a girl’s learning and is designed to develop the whole child and help them reach their full potential.
Reception covers the same areas of learning as Mulberry House Nursery, taking learning further, introducing phonics and developing an understanding of number and practical problem solving.
Mornings focus upon literacy and mathematics through a combination of play and structured learning. Free-play activities take place most afternoons – arts, crafts, baking, role play, ICT, music or PE, which encourage independent and collaborative working.
Girls in Reception enjoy timetabled PE three times a week, utilising both indoor and outdoor areas and equipment. They also enjoy twice-weekly Music Lessons each week in the Mulberry House Music Suite with their own specialist Music Teacher. Lessons involve singing, understanding
rhythm, playing percussion instruments and gently introducing girls to musical appreciation.
Spanish is also taught in Reception led by a Languages Specialist from the school. Lessons are delivered through songs, rhymes and games. This gentle introduction to the Spanish language encourages an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and languages from a young age.