Life in Reception

Reception builds on from the learning and development in Nursery. The Reception team recognises that each child is unique and individual. Children learn through play-based activities that match the preferred learning styles of each child. We want all of our students to be aware of their personal strengths and qualities; to explore and realise their academic and all-round potential; and to become open-minded, confident young people equipped to succeed in the modern world. 

We create enabling environments in which each child is supported and challenged to think, learn and develop to their full potential. We provide a broad curriculum, a place to feel safe and secure, a chance to develop skills and confidence and friendships.

Shrewsbury High School Early Years provides a high-quality learning environment for every child. We know that the experience your child has will form the keystone of their education and achievement for life.  Warm, nurturing and caring adults will provide a sound base from which children will become motivated to discover and explore the world around them. We support children’s achievement and progress through The Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS].



We aim to:  

  • Provide a welcoming, stimulating and enjoyable learning environment
  • Create a happy and caring community by fostering secure relationships and sensitivity towards others and their views, encouraging moral integrity, tolerance, compassion and respect
  • Recognise and applaud effort as well as achievement
  • Offer rich opportunities for creative, personal, spiritual and emotional growth
  • Provide a curriculum and learning experience that encourages independence of thought and intellectual curiosity


Specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Physical Development


To find out more about life in Reception at Shrewsbury High Prep School, read the Reception Information Booklet here.