Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools

Reception Stage

In the Early Years we recognise that every child is unique. In Reception we provide a happy and stimulating environment enabling our children to flourish both socially and academically. The curriculum aims to develop important life skills such as curiosity, creativity, persistence, independence, imagination and resourcefulness.

Our children follow ‘the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum’ which is tailored to suit every child’s learning needs and abilities.  The school day is full of exciting opportunities where children learn through a mixture of play, child initiated and teacher led activities.

Wraparound Care

Our wrap around care for your child starts with an optional Breakfast Club at 7.45 a.m.

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10.00 a.m.

Morning Snack Time

Fruit, Biscuits & Milk

2.30 p.m.

Afternoon Snack Time

The children enjoy sandwiches, rice crackers, fruit, flap jacks, bread sticks, milk & fruit.

4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

After School Club

The normal school day ends at 3.45 p.m. Children then enjoy a fun packed after school club during which time they can do extra swimming lessons, creative arts, play in the grounds and enjoy story time and board games.

4.30 p.m.

Optional Supper

Some parents really appreciate the option of supper for their children before going home. We provide a lovely meal for them in Ridge House. Our suppers include beans on toast, toasties, tomato pasta, pudding & fruit.

The EYFS Curriculum Seven Areas of Learning

Specific Areas

Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design

Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development,
Physical Development , Communication & Language


Reception children have access to specialist swimming lessons, PE, French and Music lessons as part of their timetable. Other popular paid for activities include Ballet, Yoga, Judo , Street Dance and extra swimming. Reception is located in the heart of the school and the children have access to the outstanding facilities and specialist staff in the senior school.

The garden and school farm offer numerous opportunities for learning. Our outdoor activity afternoon ‘Welly Wednesdays’ allows children to take part in lots of seasonal activities that allow them to observe the natural changes that occur throughout the year. Children enjoy exploring footpaths, the woods, the River Pang, Marlston Farm and most importantly muddy puddles. Welly camp is the final destination of every activity where children enjoy hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and pancakes around the camp fire.