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Welcome to Reception

Your child’s first school experience is an incredibly important one, they are learning about the world around them and will be excited to make new friends and experience new adventures. 

From the day your child joins our Reception class, we inspire a love of learning within an atmosphere of happiness and warmth. The curriculum in Reception is rich, stimulating, engaging and hugely varied.  We place a strong focus on literacy and numeracy with a targeted approach that enables each child to progress at their own level.

Our Indoor and outdoor environments are carefully planned to facilitate purposeful, differentiated adult-led and child-initiated learning experiences.  This enables the development of confidence, autonomy and, vitally, the three areas of executive function: working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control.

Our curriculum in Reception and throughout the Prep School includes specialist teaching in Computer Science, French, Music, Drama, PE and Forest School.

Literacy in Reception

In Reception and throughout the Prep School, a comprehensive programme of phonics underpins our learning.  This approach to teaching literacy supports the children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Phonetic understanding is integrated into our work on comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting, using engaging partner work and drama to bring the curriculum alive.  We believe that an early love of reading fires a child's imagination and helps to inspire a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Numeracy in Reception

Along with phonics, we follow a challenging maths programme based on the Singapore approach to mathematics.  This helps to instil confidence in early number skills and a passion for maths as well as offering opportunities to explore and master concepts such as shape, space and measurement.  We know that a secure understanding of number will give the children a strong foundation from which to thrive as they grow.

Our aim is to support the children to become happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths throughout their Prep School life and beyond.  We believe that, with the right approach, children can not only become confident to use maths, but they will appreciate its beauty and feel great pride when solving difficult problems.


Children today are growing up immersed in a world of new technologies.  At Radnor House, we prepare our children for a technically diverse global economy and what better time to start than Reception?  As part of our Reception class computing curriculum, your child will be taught push button activities; remote control devices; simple, programmable robots such as Bee-Bot; musical keyboards; digital cameras; interactive books; as well as using desktop computers and mobile devices.  We also teach them online safety and support families with up-to-date information on how to educate and keep children safe online.

Our Reception class has a maximum of 20 pupils to ensure all the children interact with and form relationships with all of their classmates, ensuring that the class is supportive of each other. Small classes also allow our teachers to better know the strengths, areas of development, and needs of each pupil to ensure tailored teaching to match the individual child.

We pride ourselves on having a genuine family atmosphere which will support your child to feel valued and cared for from the first day they join Reception and all the way through their Radnor journey. 


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