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Please note that Orchard Infant School is open as usual on Monday 4th July, it is only Orchard Junior School who have an inset day.


Welcome to the Lemons!


This page will help explain some of the awesome learning taking place in our class! Take a look at the slideshows of our work.

YEAR 1 SPORTS DAY June 17th 2022

Fun in the sunshine!




Our Trip to Hilliers Gardens

Last week we had a brilliant visit to Hilliers near Romsey. Our guide, Fi, taught us us so many exciting things! We learnt about fruit and vegetables, smelly herbs, seed survival, how bees pollinate plants and which minibeasts live in the woods. We went on an awesome adventure through a bamboo jungle, past a duck pond, across a wobbly rope bridge and around some beautiful trees. Take a look at our amazing day: 

Roaming Rovers Reveal

We all had lots of fun evaluating our unique rovers and showing them off to our families. They had to travel across a variety of terrains including grass, sand, sticks and rocks. We also taught our families how to make an axle and talked about all the awesome work in our green books. There was a wide range of home learning- thank you to all the parents and carers who helped. Here are some photos of our amazing outcome:


Roaming Rovers is officially launched! 1st March 2022

Wow, what an exciting start to the new half term! We received a message to say that there has been an exciting discovery and it is on the news. After watching the news clip, the children have personally been set on a mission by NASA to design and make a rover prototype to help NASA explore a new planet! The children have been very busy this week researching rovers, pulling apart vehicles and exploring how they work. The children have learnt lots of new vocabulary and are very busy designing their own rovers for NASA! 

COMMUNITY WEEK- DP's Got Talent! w/c 7.2.22

What an amazing week it has been! We have had lots of visitors showing us their talents and helping us learn them too. Ms Wilson and Mr Weston kicked the week off with a concert, showing off their super singing. Then Mrs. Williams taught us an awesome magic trick. Mrs Kowalczyk focused on Pop Art and we all made bold, colourful pictures. On Tuesday, Simon Chadwick, a local author and illustrator, drew some hilarious creatures with help from our imaginations. In the afternoon, local resident Anna Poole brought in some of her beautiful cards, drawings and paintings and then helped us create our own collage cards. On Wednesday, Mrs Taylor from the junior school taught us how to do some really tricky finger knitting and showed us her super crocheted treasures. On Thursday we had a guitar performance from Jim, one of our governors, a pottery class from Deb Wakefield and a hula hooping extravaganza from Mrs Cowin. We ended our exciting week with a karate demo from New Forest Martial Arts, a fluid art masterclass from Amy Smith and finally Mrs Selby-Nicholls had us all tied up in knots!

As well as having heaps of fun, we have certainly had to be resilient!  Watch this space for more photos of our own talent show and art exhibition next week.

Community Week Outcome- Our Talent Show 

During our community weeks we chose a talent that we learnt from our special visitors from the community and practised it to perfection ready to perform to our guests. The talent show was an absolute BLAST and everyone loved it!

Have a look below to see photographs of our talent show and all of the visitors we welcomed during our community week!


January 2021

Happy New Year, happy new project! 

This half term our project is based around the story of Little Red Riding Hood. So far we have discovered some of the story props in the woods, read different versions of the story, acted it out, learnt to sketch, moved like wolves and produced our own text and images on Purple Mash. And it's only week 3! Enjoy scrolling through our photos to see some of our learning. 

Is DP the Place to Be?

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We are really proud of all our learning about Dibden Purlieu. We are expert Geographers. Look at our amazing PowerPoint slideshow!

Castle Day!

After four weeks of researching, investigating and finding out about life in the past the time has finally come. Our Castle Day outcome. We had all written invitations to Lord and Lady Orchard and were very pleased when they attended our banquet. We told them all about life in the past and reminded them by inviting them to enjoy some  medieval dancing, writing with a quill and feather, eating some food from the past and taking part in some medieval jousting tournaments. We even re-created a castle using giant soft Lego to show them the keep, bailey, arrowloops and the battlements. 

The children all came dressed as their favourite castle dwellers- what a super ending to a super project.


We had a visit from a medieval mason


This week we had a shocking visit from a medieval mason. He told us that his castle is falling apart and the door is broken. He explained that without the door working, we will not be able to invite Lord and Lady Orchard to our banquet "outcome" next week. The children set off on their mission to design a mock-up of a castle door, exploring hinges, pulleys and sliders to join the castle door onto the castle wall. We were all very pleased with our final mock ups and had to be resilient, using the iterative process.

Our trip to Portchester Castle

WOW! We had the best time visiting a real life castle. We visited the keep, saw a moat and walked quietly through the church. We spotted battlements, arrowloops and had fun role playing in the bailey. Some of us climbed really high in the keep and walked back down the spiral staircase! We even told the guide, Tom, some interesting facts. He couldn't believe how much we knew. Now we are even closer to being able to tell Lord and Lady Orchard about life in the past at our outcome.

We are historians in the making

We have had a busy week in the Lemons researching and finding out about life in the past. We then role played being different castle dwellers. Did you know that Jesters and Minstrels entertained everyone because TV's had not been invented? We can't wait to share our knowledge with Lord and Lady Orchard soon!

Lord and Lady Orchard visit Year 1.

Today we had a blast from the past. Lord and Lady Orchard visited the Year 1 children looking very confused and terribly home-sick. They have travelled in time and are looking for their beloved castle. They have forgotten all about their past life in a castle and need the children's help. Can they find out about life in the past and throw a banquet to help them remember again? The children are excited to start their mission as little historians... we are on a castle quest!

A beautiful project memory

To help us remember our amazing project, we used clay to make a "Wild Thing" footprint, applying some skills that we learnt when we were in Reception. We used printing and tools to add texture to our clay footprint. Now we will always remember the story of "Where the Wild Things Are".

What a week the Lemons have had!

We have been been busy composing music and learning the story "Where the Wild Things Are" through our Talk for Writing. We proudly put on our "Wild Thing" masks and created our very own Wild Rumpus for our performance. The other children in Year 1 absolutely LOVED it. If you would like to see our performance video, please have a look at Google Classroom.

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for getting involved and making some amazing masks with your children.

What a surprise we had on Monday morning!

The classroom was a MESS and there were giant footprints everywhere. The Lemons set out to discover the clues around the classroom to find out who was responsible. It turned out it was the WILD THINGS from the story "Where the Wild Things Are". In PSHE we shared our feelings and agreed that is was okay that some children were cross and some children were excited or worried. This week, the children have been very busy thinking up some golden rules for the Wild Things to follow.

Luscious Lemons 2021

WOW! What an amazing start to the school year we have had. The children have settled into school so quickly and have had lots of fun exploring our classroom and playing in our role play area. We even had our first Forest School session which was INCREDIBLE! 

Lemons, I can't wait to be a part of your learning journey this year and I am really excited to share lots of exciting adventures together!


Mums and Dads- It was so lovely to see so many of you in our "Meet the Teacher" session this week. If you were unable to attend this, we have uploaded the PowerPoint presentation below for you, along with our letter.

Sports Day 2021


The Lemons loved working in their teams on Sports Day and had lots of fun- even the teachers had a giggle taking part in the races! We hope you like looking through our photographs.

The Lemons have been finding out about what plants need to be able to grow healthily. We are now plant experts and so have decided to plant our own pea seeds. We can't wait to watch how they grow and change over the weeks!

We have been busy tidying the greenhouse area!

Wow what a buzzing start to the Summer term!

Today the Luscious Lemons went outside for a snack and were greeted by our new headteacher Mrs West. She has set us on a top secret special mission to revamp the garden area in our school grounds to make it a beautiful and vibrant area again full of life! We have accepted the mission of course and started our work straight away!


The Lemons have had the best time today reading and talking about our favourite books.

We worked in teams and created our very own puppet show! It was so exciting!

Roaming Rovers Home Learning Leaflet

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. 

Our Castle Day!

WOW! What a day! The children arrived at "Lemonshire Castle" and enjoyed a magical day experiencing life as a castle dweller! We had a great time playing some jousting games, doing medieval dancing, writing on parchment paper and enjoying a royal banquet!

Castle dwellers role-play in the woods!


The Lemons have had such a great time acting out being different castle dwellers this week!

The Lemons have transformed into HISTORIANS!


The Lemons have been SUPER busy this week using books and the internet to research and find out all about castles and castle life in the past. Did you know that the moat protects the people inside the castles from dangerous invaders? Did you know that TV's had not been invented so jesters and minstrels entertained everyone? 

Castle Quest... we had some special visitors.

Wow...what an exciting start to the week. We had some very strange looking visitors on Monday! They looked very confused and kept asking us where their castle had gone. We found out that they are Lord and Lady Orchard from the past! They gave us an important mission to find out about the past to help them remember what life was like.


We have gone "Music Mad"

The Lemons have been so busy this week exploring different musical instruments, pitch and tempo to compose some exciting music to accompany the story "Where The Wild Things Are". We are rehearsing for our WILD RUMPUS performance and we're so excited!

Fun in the woods


We have had a great week searching for adjectives in the woods to describe the character "Max" and those cheeky WILD THINGS!

Express Yourself HOOK!


OH NO! The Lemons came into school and were absolutely shocked because we had some very naughty visitors overnight! We were feeling very cross and angry because we had to clean up all of the mess. We investigated the area and came to the conclusion that is was indeed THE WILD THINGS!