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Our Lady’s Preparatory School & Nursery

Co-educational from 3 months to 11 years

Reception Curriculum

Children are admitted into Reception in the September after their fourth birthday where the children continue to follow the Early Years Goals. Six key areas of learning are explored and developed:

Personal, Social and Emotional

Children are encouraged to be independent in their self-care and to acquire social skills. They learn to make friends within their peer group and relate confidently to familiar adults. They take it in turns to carry out small duties and tasks.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Children are taught to listen to stories, songs and rhymes and to enjoy literature, both fiction and non fiction. Reading is taught by a combination of phonetics and ‘look and say’. Writing begins with letter formation and pattern related exercises on paper, chalkboard and whiteboard.


Children are introduced to sorting and matching, learn to recognise and use numbers to twenty and beyond, basic addition, subtraction, time, size, shapes and money.

Knowledge and Understand of the World

– children explore the world around them by investigating animate and inanimate objects. They learn about different countries, cultures and customs.


Children are encouraged to move spontaneously showing control and co-ordination through PE lessons and outdoor play.


Children explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions. Children are given opportunities to use their imagination in art, pottery, dance, drama, music and role-play.