Orchard Infant School

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This week, we have been learning about repeating patterns. We have made repeating patterns in the woods using sticks and leaves, patterns in PE (boy, girl, boy, girl; sit, stand, sit stand) and have made patterns in the classroom and learning garden using coloured cubes, bricks, and paper chains. We have also been learning about the number 7 and the seven days of the week. We have read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and made our own caterpillars using our fingerprints in paint with 7 body parts and 7 legs. We also listened to the same story in Spanish and learnt some Spanish words by singing a song with Tomas the Turtle.


We have also enjoyed decorating our classroom for Christmas, starting our class advent calendars, making cone Christmas characters as an independent challenge and reading different versions of the Christmas story. 

At Orchard Infant School we will be remembering all those who fought for their country, those who died and those who came home.


As a school community we all have a connection to someone who has given their lives to ensure we can live in peace and happiness. 


For this reason we will be celebrating Remembrance Day at 11am on the 11/11/20 where a 2 minutes silence will be respected for the fallen.


Our children will learn the importance of Remembrance Day and will create a poppy display in our school hall in honour of all service men and women past and present. 


Lest we forget. 


Another wonderful week in Cherries

This week in the Cherries we have listened to a story about independence and then got into our ‘Family Groups’, the Zogs and the Gruffallos to talk about how independent we already are, and what independence means to us.

We had an exciting time in the Orchard hunting for bugs, we found evidence of caterpillars, and were fascinated at how the wasps had hollowed out the pears. We found ants, fruit flies and even some woodlice livening in a rotten apple. We also went on another welly walk in the woods and then created a lovely autumn display using the natural objects we found. 


This week we have also been practising writing and blending the graphemes that we have learned in phonics to make simple words. In maths we have been concentrating on the numbers 0 and 1 we’ve practiced our number formation looked at what zero means and the ‘oneness’ of one, what they looks like, how they are represented in different ways. 

Finally we completed the week with a bit of mindfulness we had some calm time learning breathing techniques to help us feel relaxed.

What an exciting first couple of weeks we have had in the Cherries class! We have been making new friends and have enjoyed learning about each other.

We have been learning the rules of the school and safety rules in the learning garden as well as learning to listen really well; Lola the Listening Leopard is helping us by playing listening games with us, and each day in Phonics we are improving our listening skills with games and songs.