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!

Special Delivery to Reception!

Today, a delivery driver brought us a large box of colourful 3D shapes to add to our construction equipment. We have may budding builders and architects in Reception who love to build so we thought this was a great way to spend the money raised from our recent Open...

Fresh Air Friday – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

In order to complete a very successful term in style, we invited our teddies into Reception class today to join us for Fresh Air Friday. We took a special teddy register and then our teddies joined us for Busy Jobs in the classroom. We gave them rides on the bikes and...

Chocolate Eggs Galore!

Today, lots of Easter eggs were won! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets. All monies will go to our School Association who continue to be a fantastic support!

A Surprise Visitor!

Reception class were over the moon to discover we had an early Easter visitor this afternoon!  We discovered a note from the very shy Easter Bunny who had kindly left us an Easter treat!  So after some brilliant team work and reading a number of clues we eventually...

Handa’s Surprise

Reception have spent the last few weeks finding out about Kenya and sharing the story of "Handa's Surprise".  We have been engaged in activities across all areas of learning and hope these photographs give you a flavour of what we have been up to!...

A Number Challenge!

Today, a small group of Maths wizards in Reception decided to challenge themselves to put our number tiles in order from smallest to largest. This is no small task when you think that there are 100 of them in total! Mrs Farnaby observed super co-operation and team...

Mrs Butler’s African Adventure

Mrs Butler heard a rumour that children in Reception were learning about Kenya and so very kindly brought in some photographs and artefacts from her African safari holiday a few years ago. Mrs Butler told all about meeting some ladies from the Masai Mara and being...

A Visit from Mr Richardson of Whickham Photographical Club

Mr Richardson, a great friend to Clover Hill for many years, joined us this morning to tell us about the joys of photography. He will be the judge of the Rota Kids' 'Young Photographer of the Year' competition which closes in June. He shared some of his fantastic...

Fresh Air Friday – Spring Hunting

We have spent time in class talking about the months of the year and the four seasons today. We talked about our favourite seasons; the weather in each season and the clothes we should wear. Lots of the children knew that Spring has just begun. Because there was quite...

A Musical Extravaganza!

Reception and Year One spent a very active hour in the hall this morning taking part in a music workshop.  We sang, played instruments, exhausted ourselves with lots of actions, learned some important musical words while thoroughly enjoying ourselves! Thanks to the...

Science Week comes to Reception!

As well as today being Red Nose Day and Fresh Air Friday, it was also the end of Science Week at Clover Hill so Reception have been investigating magnets. We explored the magnets in Professor Earl's Science Lab and learned the words 'attract' and 'repel' as we...

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