The Reception setting at St Christopher's cultivates a love of learning using a cross-curricular, topic-based approach to education. Our girls learn through exploration and play. Pupils' curiosity is celebrated, creativity is nurtured and their independence is encouraged.

As an independent school, we recognise the many benefits that the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has to offer; in addition, one of our primary aims is for our girls to be academically challenged. Though the exemption has little effect on the way in which we deliver the EYFS curriculum, it does allow the school the freedom to apply its professional judgement in implementing a variety of teaching strategies appropriate to the pupils in our school. Teaching in Reception is tailored to the need of each individual and girls embrace all the exciting challenges that St. Christopher’s has to offer. They relish the opportunity to get involved with whole-school projects and charitable initiatives, as well creative writing activities, computer coding and STEM investigations.

The exemption also enables us to enhance the Reception curriculum with supplementary specialist teaching across a range of subjects including music, singing, P.E., Spanish, Mandarin, and PSHCE.

There is no change to the EYFS Safeguarding and Welfare requirements with which the school must comply to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils.

We continue to focus on the three prime, and four specific areas of the EYFS curriculum detailed below:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design