The Lower School comprises Reception, Year 1, and Year 2
Head of Lower School: Mrs Anne Phillipps
Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator: Mrs Rachael Ball
The girls begin in Reception during the year in which they turn five. The class is formed of girls whose names were drawn in the ballot, and siblings of girls already in the school. The girls are taught by our Reception teacher and one full time and one part time Teaching Assistant. In Reception, the girls follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum where every girl’s individual needs are closely monitored and catered for.
The emphasis, in the first term especially, is on settling the girls into school. A staggered start, at the beginning of the year, helps with this and ensures a smooth beginning. The girls will have experienced different levels of input and learning which is absolutely what we would expect. However, we do ask that the girls can use a knife and fork and are able to dress and undress themselves.
The atmosphere in Reception is unique with its blend of purposeful play and small group, teacher led activities. It is not a formal environment, so if you are looking for desks in rows, this is not for you!
All the girls do extremely well and are more than ready for Year 1 by the end of their time in Reception.