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!

Fresh Air Friday – Bird Watching!

Today, we have been doing a bit of bird spotting in Reception. We spent time in class at the start of the day talking about the birds we knew and learning some new interesting facts about some British birds. Then we got into partners and, armed with clipboards and...


Today, Mrs Farnaby's plans for Bird Watching in Fresh Air Friday had to be on hold for another day because we discovered that the snow that fell over night was just the right type for making snowmen! We headed straight outside after the register and had a great time...

Staying safe online

Reception, Year One and Year Two listened carefully to some very important messages about staying safe online when we took part in an "Online Safety" workshop.  We talked about the different devices we have at home and also the different games we play on and the...

Fresh Air Friday – Our Naughty Elf!

Mrs Earl and Mrs Farnaby thought they had escaped unscathed from the pranks of naughty elves this year but they were very much mistaken! We came back into the classroom after lunch on Friday to discover a note from an elf who had taken and hidden numbers from our...

Christmas Lunch

On Friday 14th December, we enjoyed our first school Christmas Lunch and, to add some extra seasonal sparkle, our buddies came to join us. What a treat!  

Christmas Party Time!

Reception, Year One and Year Two enjoyed a fabulous Christmas party!  We danced, played games, had a sweet treat and were even surprised by a visit from a very special guest!  Children and adults all had a fantastic time!  Early Years and Key Stage One wish you all a...

A special visitor!

Reception Class could not believe their ears when they heard jingling bells in the corridor this morning!  We certainly couldn't believe our eyes when Santa appeared at our classroom door!  We had a lovely time talking to Santa and singing him some of our Christmas...


Reception have been reading a number of stories about nocturnal animals, we have also enjoyed lots of different activities across all areas of learning.  We have counted, added and weighed a range of nocturnal animals.  We have written about them and made up our own...

Fresh Air Friday – Hibernation

Today's theme for Fresh Air Friday was 'Hibernation' and we started the day with a story about Hattie the Hedgehog getting ready for her long winter sleep. We talked about the different animals that hibernate and then, after lunch, we wrapped up warm ready to go...

Kielder Birds of Prey visit Reception

Reception class were very lucky to be visited by Mr. Lowdon from The Kielder Birds of Prey Centre.  We had a fascinating time finding out about lots of different types of owls.  We even wore a special glove and held one of the owls!  We have been following up our...

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