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Welcome to the Maple Class!


                                              Dream Big, Dare to Fail! 

Welcome to the Orchard Primary Academy Maple Class Page. We hope that you find the information on this page useful. If you have any further questions please speak to a member of Reception Staff.

Our Class name is:


 The Maple Classroom can be found in the Early Years Building.

At Orchard Primary Academy, play is at the heart of everything we do within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Play comes instinctively to children. Play is fun, immersive and crucial to child development. Children challenge themselves through play, explore how the world works, work through emotions and learn that other people have thoughts and feelings too.

Through play, children develop the characteristics to be able to thrive and become life long learners. 

Important Information

Maple and Hazel Class Timetable:

Reception Timetable 

 Maple Class PE Day: Wednesday

On this day, children can come to school in their PE kits for the whole day. 

Please ensure your children has the following PE kit - 
- Plain white T- shirt or polo shirt

- Plain black shorts (on warm days)

- Plain black track-suit bottoms (on colder days)

- Trainers or pumps.

On PE day, children need to pack a spare jumper/ hoody for colder days or in case the weather becomes colder throughout the day.

White PE T-shirts with the Orchard Logo are available to order from: https://www.sptuniforms.co.uk/product-category/orchard-primary-academy/


Maple Library day is: Wednesday

The children will be able to select a book to bring home and share.  Please ensure that this book comes back into school on the following Wednesday, to swap for another.

Each Friday, the children in Maple class will also receive a new home reading book.  We suggest reading a few pages each night. Parents need to record home reading on our digital reading record - Boom Reader.

Click on the Boom Reader logo below to take you to the parents log in page.


Key Dates


Monday 3rd June - School re-opens  

Friday 21st June 2024- Wildling Adventures to visit EYFS 

Friday 28th June 2024- Maple and Hazel sports day

Friday 19th July  - last day of term 



 The Maple Class Teacher is:

                                                                        Mrs Birkett                                                                                                                                Maple Class Teacher                                                                          

        Mrs Birkett is supported by:  

                                                                      Miss Baillie                                                                                                                                                                     


Parental Partnerships

 At Orchard Primary Academy we value parental partnership. We understand that an effective partnership between school and home will have a positive impact on children’s learning.

We communicate with parents in various ways which include Parent Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Tapestry.

Parent Mail 

Parent Mail is an app which allows us to send text messages, and letters to share information. You can also use this to pay for milk, trips and dinners. We will use your email address to activate your account.


Our Academy twitter account is also used to share information. The Academy twitter handle is: @OrchardPrimaryA

The Maple Class twitter handle is:


You can also access the Reception twitter feed by clicking the image below:


The Academy Facebook page can be accessed by following the link below:


At Orchard Primary Academy, we use an online journal provider called ‘Tapestry’ to collect and store your child’s electronic ‘Learning Journey’.

Tapestry allows you to login with a secure username and password so that you can view photographs, videos and observations of your child’s learning.

You can like and comment on observations that we add for your child. You can also add your own observations. Please click the image below to access Tapestry:


This half term we will be learning...

Our Topic this half term is called:

'Under the Sea'

  1. To name and talk about a range of sea life.
  2. To name and talk about the sea near UK
  3. To name landmarks associated with sea eg lighthouses, lifeboat stations



Author Focus

At Orchard Primary Academy we follow the 'Write Stuff' approach developed by Jane Considine during our Communication Language and Literacy lessons.


 During this half term we use the FANTASTIC's Lenses to describe and order Plot Points by reading the following books.   








Nursery Rhyme Focus 

At Orchard Primary Academy, we learn a range of Nursery Rhymes throughout our time in the Early Years. Nursery Rhymes are important as they help us to develop key skills. This includes:

  • Learning new words and extending our vocabulary
  • Learning  early Maths skills such as counting aloud using finger movements and actions
  • Developing social skills such as turn taking
  • Learning different beats and rhythms
  • Develop positive relationships between children and adults.

This half term we will be focusing upon learning these Nursery Rhymes:





  Click on the videos to listen to the nursery rhyme.

 Read Write Inc Phonics

 We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. (RWI) to teach our children to read and spell. In RWI lessons, the children are taught new sounds and these progress from set 1 - 3. 

Children learn to read words by sound-blending using a frog called Fred. Fred says the sounds and children help him blend the sounds to read each word. We call this 'Fred Talk'. Children also learn to read red words on sight. Red words are words that cannot be segmented or blended.

Here is a video showing you how to pronounce each sound. 

Each Friday, the Reception children will receive Phonics Home Learning set on Tapestry. This will focus on a particular letter/ grapheme that has been taught.




At Orchard Primary Academy we follow the NCETM Mastery Mathematics Approach. During the Summer 2 half term we will focusing on the following Maths skills:

  • Subitising with regular patterns, beginning to look at irregular patterns 
  • Counting forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond
  • Recording numerals 
  • Looking at die patterns 
  • Recognising numerals and creating a set to match to 10 and beyond
  • Using rekenreks
  • learning number bonds to 10.


This is Bertie, our Wise Owl.

We have a weekly RE lesson to help us explore our own beliefs and the beliefs of others.

This half term our theme is 'How are special times celebrated?.


This is Jigsaw Jenie

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

This half term our topic is 'Changes'.


Links to try at home

  Please click the images below to follow the link to the websites








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