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Orchard Primary Academy


Welcome to Maple class

 In Maple class we believe that...

This means we want to get involved in all kinds of play because this is how we do our best learning 

We know that learning is fun!


 In Maple class you will meet...

Miss Murray


            Mrs Kenworthy                                                              Miss Booth


 On Wednesday afternoons Miss Inns will be working in Maple class.

Important Information

 Our information is often communicated via; ParentMail, Twitter, Facebook, Tapestry and ClassDojo.



Important Information

 What you need each day - 

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

   Apply sunscreen. Not quite yet, but hopefully it will get warmer!

  Bringing your bookbag everyday, helps us enormously for reading.

Please also remember to put names on all belongings.       

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!



 Click the image above to access the newsletter.


Focus Books




IIn 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.



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

uperhero 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.

We will also be practising counting beyond 20 and crossing the tens barrier by knowing what comes next after 29,39,49 etc. This song is a fun way to support counting to high numbers.


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. 

Our Jigsaw character is Jigsaw Jenie.


Nursery Rhymes

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

Click the image below to watch and sing along





Religious Education


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.



 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

 See below for our Home Learning Menu or follow the link for a PDF copy.

Links to try at home




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