Teachers: Mrs Gamble, Mrs Farnaby; Nursery Nurse: Mrs. Burns
Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We build on skills acquired in nursery and work towards Early Learning Goals.

The curriculum is broken down into three prime areas of learning

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

And four specific areas of learning

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

We aim to help your child develop their knowledge and understanding in a variety of fun and practical ways. Favourite topics include “Space”, “Around the World”, “Night and Day” and “Mini beasts” to name a few! We also encourage our children to lead their learning by planning in additional activities that follow children’s current interests.

Every Friday, the children in Reception come into school out of uniform and in warm, comfortable clothes ready to spend most of their time outside. We take part in lots of fun learning activities in our Reception outdoor area and in our beautiful school grounds. Sometimes, we even go for a walk in the nearby woods!

Fresh Air Friday is very much a favourite part of the week in Reception at Clover Hill! We hope our class page gives you a flavour of life in Reception Class at Clover Hill!

Prickly Hay!

Reception all thoroughly enjoyed performing our Christmas show "Prickly Hay" along with Key Stage One!  We had lots of songs to sing and actions to learn!  We all sang beautifully and looked fantastic in our costumes!  Well done everyone!

Kielder Birds of Prey visit Reception

The children in Reception class were delighted to meet the owls from the Kielder Birds of Prey Centre.  Mr. Lowdon has been a friend to our school for many years and always shares his knowledge of his owls with us.  We all listened very carefully and learned lots of...

Christmas Lunch!

Today was our Christmas Lunch at Clover Hill and Miss Gordon and all of the dinner staff made a delicious meal for us. The hall was decorated and Christmas music was playing which made it extra special. Thank you Miss Gordon and all the ladies who help us at...

Happy 5th Birthday Freddy!

On Friday 2nd December, it was the fifth birthday of Freddy (our class puppet!) and we had a little party for him in Reception. We spent the week making birthday cards, writing invitations and shopping lists for the party tea and then spent the morning making special...

Fresh Air Friday!

In Reception, we really look forward to Fridays because we come to school in old, warm clothes and spend a large part of the day outside. Here are some photographs of us in the local woods; if you look carefully, you might spot the Gruffalo letter we found during our...

Best Buddies!

At Clover Hill, our Reception children are very fortunate to be each paired up with a Year 6 buddy. Our buddies play with us during our first playtimes at school and sit with us for lunch for the first few days. We have already grown very fond of our buddies and look...

Our First Week in School

What a fantastic few weeks we have had in Reception! Our new boys and girls have settled in so well; it seems like they have been with us for months! Here are some photographs of our first three weeks in school.  ...

Reception Stay and Play

This morning, we opened our classroom door and invited our grown ups into Reception for a Stay and Play session so that they could see what we get up to each day in school. They watched us do the register and choose our lunches and then we showed them our favourite...

Saved by the Bell

Today has been a very special day at Clover Hill. We all joined our very own 'Wonder Woman' Miss Sinclair in her ultra 'Saved by the Bell' challenge to raise money for the Freeman hospital's charity 'The Heart and Lung Transplant Patient Amenity fund.'  This charity...

Reception’s Visit to Kirkley Hall

The day finally arrived and Reception set off on our very first school trip. The weather was perfect; warm and dry but not too sunny. After register, we got on the bus and set off. Mrs Gamble met us at Kirkley Hall and we also met John and his team of animal handlers....

Into the Woods

Today, Reception came to school in warm, comfortable clothes and wellies ready to head into the woods for a minibeast hunt. We got into pairs and followed Mrs Burns up the hill and into the woods. We really enjoyed ourselves and founds lots of creatures. Mrs Farnaby...

Happy Birthday!

Today is Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday and the boys and girls in Reception are very excited. We have made cone characters of the Queen and each made a Union Jack flag to wave at home. Happy Birthday! . 

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