Nursery & Reception



A nurturing environment

At RGS Prep we take great care in creating a nurturing environment where children feel happy and secure.   Their time spent in Nursery and Shell (Reception) will see pupils flourish and thrive, developing in confidence and establishing learning habits that will guide them throughout their education.

Our curriculum

From the moment a pupil joins RGS Prep, they embark on a journey towards becoming tenacious, imaginative, and self-aware individuals.  Our curriculum is designed to instil positive habits and attitudes, and to develop our pupils as eager and resilient learners with a love of learning that will last a lifetime.


In our Nursery, the timetable is predominantly driven by the children’s interests, featuring child-led learning and outdoor activities in our dedicated outdoor classroom.

Pupils enjoy a diverse range of activities which promote development across many important areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our classrooms are stocked with open-ended resources, stimulating creativity and imaginative play. With a focus on nurturing each child’s individuality, we create an environment where the possibilities are endless, limited only by their imagination.

Shell (Reception)

As they move up to Shell (Reception) pupils continue to enjoy a huge variety of learning through fun-based resources, as well as some more formal elements to their day, including phonics, handwriting, an introduction to numbers, mathematical language and basic problem solving.


Pupils in Shell also enjoy a weekly French lesson, dedicated music, art and drama lessons taught by our subject specialists, PE activities with our Sports department utilising our extensive grounds in the Prep school and a weekly swimming lesson.

Building friendships and collaboration

Our buddy system ensures that our youngest pupils form friendships with boys in Years 1 and 2 and encourages independence and peer learning, enhancing language development and interpersonal skills.

A pupils join one of four Houses when they join RGS Prep, and many activities are organised throughout the year to ensure pupils form friendships and collaborate throughout the year groups.

From our very youngest pupils, a strong emphasis is placed on our School Values of inclusivity, scholarship, integrity, respect, courage and collaboration.