Welcome to Reception

Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework, but as an independent school with small class sizes, we are able to take the children much further in their learning. We aim for all pupils to succeed in achieving their Early Learning Goals independently and always seek to extend them in all areas, ready for the challenges of Year 1 and beyond.

Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet each child’s individual needs and learning follows the children’s interests, ensuring all children reach their full potential.

Our structured and intentional approach to the development of specific skills, particularly in literacy and mathematics and phonics skills are delivered in a way that is appropriate for the age of the child, and is built upon in layers as they progress. We use both play and teacher-led activities which enables children to make rapid progress in their development.

We believe that the children’s imagination and excitement for learning at this age are best fostered and developed through cross-curricular teaching themes. Exciting termly topics, Philosophy for Children (P4C), specialist teaching in PE, French, Music, Italian and LAMDA take our children on an engaging and enriching learning journey.

We are proud of our nurturing environment where children really start to develop their sense of self, becoming independent learners, exploring as they investigate and experience things first hand within a safe and secure setting. We ensure that we know our children exceptionally well and every child is treated as a unique individual.

Click here to view the Reception curriculum

2024 Places

We have limited availability for 2024 Reception starters. Please do get in touch to arrange a visit or attend an upcoming open morning.

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Meet our Reception Teacher

We conducted an interview with our Reception teacher, Mrs Patel, to find out more about Reception at Buxlow Preparatory School. Read the full interview below:

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What our current Reception parents say...

We loved the efforts put behind these children and to tailor each of their needs and pace.
Current Reception Parent
I love how many things are being taught through play.
Current Reception Parent
The progress in our child can be seen weekly. This demonstrates clearly how passionate this teachers are.
Current Reception Parent
A lot of imaginative play runs through his brain, compared to when he first started. He enjoys the concept of free play and getting very creative.
Current Reception Parent
They (children, staff and teachers) all know each other exceptionally well.
Current Reception Parent
My son is definitely in the right safe hands and environment.
Current Reception Parent
We absolutely have been thrilled with Mrs Patel's hard work and genuine enthusiasm to support all her class.
Current Reception Parent

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