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Welcome to Hazel class



Welcome to the Orchard Primary Academy Reception Class page.  

Our class name is:


We hope you find the information on this page useful.  If you have any further questions, please speak to a member of staff, at the beginning or at the end of the school day.

This page is updated regularly, but alternatively, information is communicated via; ParentMail, Twitter, Facebook, Tapestry and ClassDojo.




 This year, the staff team in Hazel class will be Miss Clayton, Mrs Broady and Miss Farren.



Miss Clayton                           Mrs Broady                      Miss Farren                                   


Mr Myers will also be teaching on Tuesday afternoons.

                                                          Mr Myers                                                                  

Important Information

 What you need each day - 

  Please remember to bring water, especially as it gets warmer.

   Apply sunscreen before school on sunny days.

  Bringing your bookbag everyday, helps us enormously for reading.

Please also remember to put names on all belongings.       


 PE will be on Thursday morning (white top, black shorts, pumps).


Don't forget -

   Weekly Home Learning tasks are uploaded onto ClassDojo.

  Practise your maths skills on Numbots. 

  Read like an expert with Oxford owls.


The links for these can be found further down the page.  If you have any trouble accessing these or need help selecting the reading level for your child, please get in touch.

  Log in to follow your child's learning journey through their Reception year.


This half term we are learning...

Our Topic is -

We all go travelling by!



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Focus Books




In English, we will be listening to and learning about stories with a travel theme, focussing on modes of transport and journeys.  We will be looking at the structure of stories, using story mapping, drama and sequencing activities to identify the beginning, middle and end.  We will also be looking at our local area to identify local landmarks to create maps and also, links to historical modes of travel.  We will be using the Jane Considine approach to encourage brave writing and provide exposure to rich vocabulary.



This half term we will introducing a phonics scheme called Read, Write, Inc.  More information to follow.


We will be continuing to learn the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and focusing more on reading and spelling words with these phonemes and reading and writing captions and sentences.


 We will also be continuing to practise using the phase 2 phonemes and tricky words and consolidating on these skills.



The following songs will help with learning tricky words. 







We follow White Rose Maths.  Please visit their website for ideas to support Home Learning.


Superhero to 20 and beyond! 

-Counting patterns beyond 10

-Reading numbers beyond 10

-Recognising numbers beyond 10


First, Then and Now! 

-Adding more

-Taking away



The 'Numberblocks' videos on YouTube or iPlayer are a great way to help consolidate your child's knowledge of numbers.



Nursery Rhymes

We are focussing on the following nursery rhymes, please practise these with your child at home.  



Click on the image below to listen to the rhyme -  





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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We have a weekly Jigsaw lesson to help us talk about our emotions and to learn mindfulness.

This half term our topic is Changing Me. 

We will begin by looking at our bodies and how it changes over time.  We will look at healthy life choices that will support growth.  We will then begin to look at other changes that happen, linking with the future transition to Year 1.  We will explore any worries and fear for the future and who they can go to for support and reassurance. 


Religious Education

This is Bertie, our wise owl.


In RE we will be exploring 'What makes a special place?'  We will begin by looking at homes that we know and other homes around the world, to see what is the same and what is different.  Then we will look at special places within our homes and why they are special.  This will lead us onto Houses of Worship and the special places within them.  The religions we will be focussing on this half term will be Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Author Focus



In Hazel we love to read!






In Reception, children are taught phase two phonics. Children begin by naming letter sounds before learning to blend to read and segmenting to spell. Please see the video below of our academy's most recent phonics workshop for parents which explains how your child is taught and ways in which to support at home.



Home Learning Menu

 Please click on the image below for links to our Home Learning Grid.  Every time your child completes a task they will earn points and receive certificates.  Please share your child's work with us on Twitter, Tapestry and ClassDojo.

Links to try at home








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