Home Page
Orchard School

Reception Alder

We are Reception Alder!

There are 27 children in our class.  There are 11 girls and  16 boys.  Our class teacher is Mrs Bowler and our teaching assistant is Mrs Nawaz. 

Early Years

There are seven areas of learning In Early Years that we will be focusing on throughout the year in Reception.  These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the world and Expressive Arts and Design. 

Home School Agreement


Reading Books and Homework Sheets

Children will have an individual reading and library book to take home weekly. They have already read the book at school so please help them to practise reading it at home. Don’t forget to write a comment so that we can see that they have read. When they have read 25 books at home, they are awarded the bronze Reading Olympic certificate in assembly. The next challenge is to read 50 books for the silver award and then 100 books for the gold award. They are also bringing home weekly homework. This also gives you an overview of what they have been learning during the week. Please complete the homework activities with your child and ensure that your child brings their homework back every week.

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Respect everyone and everything.
  • Be a good listener and try your best.
  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.
  • Show good manners.



Picture 1

British Values

As part of our British Values in Reception we will be learning about Democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together.  One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes for example a class vote for who will be part of the School Council. The importance of valuing each others feelings and views will be embedded in the day to day learning. The children will be taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom. This will also be linked to the wider community such as the police and people who help us.


Children will always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices. As part of our topics such as All About Me, we will be learning about how we are all different and how this should be celebrated. Children will be encouraged as part of their self confidence and self awareness to feel confident to express their needs and opinions. Mutual respect and tolerance will be part of the underpinning the values in Reception. An ethos of inclusion will be embedded where the children are sensitive to the needs and beliefs of others. This will be encouraged through the importance of sharing and respecting opinions. 

Picture 1

Our Reading Corner!

Our author focus this term is Eileen Browne

Picture 1

Our topic this term is Ourselves (4th September - 13th October)

In this topic we will be finding out all about us. We will be looking at what we look like. We will be finding out about what foods are good for us and how we can take care of our bodies. We will look at different stories as part of our topic such as Owl Babies. We will also be learning about people who help us. This half term our role play area is a vet surgery.  

Our topic during our second term is all about festivals and celebrations (30th October - Tuesday 19th December)

As part of our topic we are going to be looking at different festivals and celebrations such as Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. We will be learning the nativity story and performing a Christmas play for parents and children. We will also be finding out about Autumn and the changing seasons. 

Our topic from January to February half term is Under the Sea! (4th January - 16th February)

In this topic we will be looking at all the different creatures that live under the sea!

Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales

Our role play theme this half term is The Ginger bread Man.

Picture 1

Our topics this year!

Autumn 1- Ourselves

Autumn 2- Festivals , light and colour

Spring 1- Under the sea

Spring 2- Traditional tales

Summer 1- Mini beasts

Summer 2- Animals


World book day!

Today we have celebrated world book day.  The children have enjoyed coming to school dressed as their favourite character from a book. 

Picture 1