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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 Mangoes!


This page will help explain some of the awesome learning taking place in our class!

Mrs Carr brought in Fred who had not long awoken from his hibernation for us to meet. It was amazing to see such an amazing reptile up close.

We had a special visitor in school this week. Dave from Raptor Exotics arrived with lots of different vertebrate animals. It was an epic day, we saw an owl fly, we held a snake and stroked a hedgehog. It was so interesting listening to a real animal expert describe fascinating facts about animals.

We have been busy researching different vertebrate animals. We are working scientifically to find out about their diet, habitat and features.

WOW! What an awesome first week back after Easter. We had a school trip to the New Forest Wildlife Park and we saw lots of different animals, we were especially looking out for vertebrate animals. Did you know that people who study animals are scientists? When we got back to school we thought it would be a good idea to create our our own Wildlife Park here in school and become scientists this space!

How Exciting! The Editor of the Herald was so impressed with our Hall of Fame museum about our significant people from the past, she is going to publish it in the paper!

We had a visitor from The Herald Newspaper who had a challenge for us. She had heard that we had become expert historians and asked us to investigate some mysterious people she had found photos of, their names were Sir Christopher Cockerell, Florence Nightingale and T.E Lawrence. She said she would be back in 2 weeks to find out more so she can publish the information in the newspaper.

We were so proud of our Orchard Tourist Information Centre... we displayed 3 exciting holiday destinations for our parents to choose from including an area of human geography focusing on the Maori Culture. Check out the pictures below.

We are using the technique of scrunching and twisting to make Maori masks.

World Book Day 2022

We have been learning the culture and customs of the Maori people. Did you know they have tattoos on their face called Moko? Their tattoos provide information about their identity. We decided to design and draw tattoos on our own faces.

After a long, but interesting flight to Auckland, the children have embarked upon a geographical study of New Zealand!

Community Week - After meeting a member of the Hythe Pier Heritage Association, the children were motivated to pose questions before investigating the history of the pier, train and ferry, where they are, and how they serve the local community. They were inspired to raise money to help secure the pier and train for future generations by making and selling products, and singing to the local community within the shopping centre.

We love library time! Reading really is at the heart of everything!

We had so much fun in our DT lesson making our puppet stages. They have moving parts using winders and levers. We talked a lot about engineering and making a product that can be used.

In our Thoughtful Thursday afternoon we had fun making wooden spoon puppets for our puppet stages.

In DT we are using the iterative process to design and make a puppet stage. We looked at the different materials that would be suitable for our puppet stages.

In maths we have been learning division by making equal groups.

WOW! What an exciting few weeks. An evil villain has been causing havoc around school but never fear because our superhero toys have been to the rescue! These awesome adventures have inspired us to write our own superhero stories, watch this space for our finished books!

We did a circle time to talk about the characteristics of our favourite toy. We used adjectives to describe their personality and their physical features.

WOW! What an exciting start to the new term! Our office ladies saw a flash of light in the sky then a glimpse of a superhero zooming past with rocket boots! A letter for Year 2 dropped out of the sky. IT WAS FROM TRACTION MAN!! He is busy fighting missions in New Zealand and needs a superhero toy to help protect the people of DP, he asked if we had any toys that might be up for the job!

We received a message from Horatio Nelson who is worried about being forgotten so he challenged us to research about him to help spread the message about how important he was British history.

We had a Ready, Steady, Cook style competition organised by our kitchen, it was so much fun!

We worked scientifically to find out what happens to your heart when you exercise.

We had a special visitor who works at a Pharmacist, she is super concerned that the people of DP aren't doing enough to keep themselves fighting fit. She asked for our help and of course we said yes!

We had so much fun at Noads Park getting our hearts racing for our Fighting Fit project.

*******************PERFORMANCE ACADEMY LAUNCH****************


We here at Orchard Infants have been given such an amazing uplift from our children recently in our singing assemblies and have decided that we need to give our children the opportunity to shine and display their talents through music and song with our very own choir.


We have a fantastic new after school club that Miss Wilson is very excited to run. Her passion for performing and singing is something she loves to share with the children and our assemblies fill the school with such positivity that she and Mr Bowie have created our very own Orchard Infants Performance Academy, better known as OIPA! Miss Wilson has performed with a local pop/rock choir called En Masse and has been involved in many shows so she has a wealth of first hand experience. She also helps out with the children’s version of the choir Eminor and it is through this that she has seen the wonderful affect that music and singing has on children and can’t wait to see our very own children at Orchard Infants flourish.


Our vision is to have our OIPA children become more involved with our local community such as visiting care homes to sing carols to our elder community at Christmas, spreading the Christmas joy! We’d also love to perform at community events, fayres, and of course invite parents/families into school for special performances. We want this to be a meaningful way to connect our community and to provide cultural capital for the children involved.


We would love to encourage children to join OIPA with Miss Wilson on Thursdays after school, if you think your child would enjoy this opportunity, please don’t hesitate to sign them up, we welcome everyone!         

The outcome for our project was a poetry recital, it was a joy to be able to share our learning with all our Mum's and Dad's....

We enjoyed our library time this week...

We used drama to act out how the crayons left Miss Archers classroom. We challenged ourselves to use adverbs in our drama.

We had a very special visitor this week! A professional artist came in to do a workshop on colour wheels... you might recognise her, she used to be a teacher here. We learned so much!

Magnificent Mangoes 2021.... Ready to smash it!

We had a shock visit on Monday from Miss Archer, her crayons have vanished and she is extremely upset! Moments later some mysterious letters arrived, we decided to open them, they were from the crayons who are VERY upset. We spent this week thinking a lot about friendships and feelings.