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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 Peaches!


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


What an amazing sports day we had! The children have throroughly enjoyed all the build up and all the practising. They were so resilient on the day and we are all very proud of their efforts. Thank you to all the parents for their support and for their enthusiastic participation in the parents race. Peaches parents were awesome!

Jazzy Jungles

HOOK - The children came back from half term to a bit of a surprise! They had to enter (if they dared) through a tunnel into a jungle filled with vines, leaves and animals. It was lovely to see their smiley faces as they entered the magical classroom. Shortly after, Mrs Webb and Mrs Williams appeared playing the bongos reciting some of the 'rumble in the jungle' poem. As they left the classroom they threw a poem cut into pieces for us to read and invited us to a poetry slam in 4 weeks time. The children were so excited to read the poem and to talk all about what had just happened. 


The children then began some research on jungle animals. Once they had decided their favourite animal, they found out as many facts as possible from books and the internet and recorded them. They then started to write some poems using the information they had found out. There were some fantastic poems!


In music, each animal group chose an instrument that could represent the way their animal moves. The children practised different tempos, beats and rhythms and started to think about notation for their piece of music which will later accompany their poem.


In art, the children have been learning about primary and secondary colours by exploring with paint. After finding as many different types of green as possible in the woods, they then made green using blue and yellow paint. Next they practised making lighter tints of greens by adding white. 


What an amazing first few weeks back it has been!

Our wonderful picnic

What a fantastic final few days we have had! We used our newly learnt chopping skills to chop and present 2 beautiful looking salads for our guests. We sat out in the garden with some strawberries and jam sandwiches and treated our guests to some singing whilst they ate their salads. Mrs West asked us lots of questions about what we have been learning in our project and she thanked the children for all their hard work in making the garden area look bright and vibrant again.


We also had to say goodbye to our butterflies. We were sad to see them go but knew it was time to watch them fly off. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow.

Fact Files, Cress Heads and our R.E days

Over the last week we have spending time learning about fact files and starting to write our own. We have found out lots of fascinating facts about our minibeasts such as that spiders have blue blood and that woodlice don't wee! The children have been amazed by some of the facts they have discovered.


We worked hard at coming up with some questions for our survey which we sent to Mrs West and Miss Sidney to find out what their favourite things are to have in a salad ready for the picnic and to check they aren't allergic to anything! We have also continued with our watering, measuring for our plant investigation and making cress heads ready for our picnic outcome with Mrs West and Miss Sidney.


Amongst all our project work, we also managed to fit in 2 R.E days which included a trip to URC in Hythe. The children were all so resilient as it was a long walk but they had a great time. We learnt lots about the history of the church and what goes on in the church today. Richard and Bev from the church helped us to understand more about what Christians believe and it really complimented the learning we did back at school which was focused on learning all about God.

Our trip to Hillier Gardens 

Last week we had a brilliant visit to Hillier Gardens near Romsey. Our guide, Stephan, taught 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.


Back at school over the last week we have been looking at the minibeasts in our school grounds, learning about fact files and conducting an experiment to see which habitat woodlice prefer. Take a look at all the exciting pictures:

Weeding, planting and watering!

Over the past week, the children have been working really hard in the garden. They have been weeding, raking and getting the ground ready for the plants. They have learnt about the different parts of a flower and what plants need to grow. The children have planted some beans, tomatoes, cucamelon and strawberries in the raised beds and gave them a really good water. They have also started a pea diary to record how quickly their peas grow in a small cup. We are all very excited to be going on our school trip to Hillier gardens next week to learn more about plants and habitats.

HOOK - Seeds, leaves and buzzy bees

We were having a walk around outside in the garden area when Mrs West appeared. She told us how upset she was about the state of the garden as it was full of weeds and looked very messy. Mrs West set us a challenge to tidy the garden and to make it look bright and inviting again. The children were very excited and accepted the challenge immediately. We decided that we could make it our new project and could spend some time learning about plants and how they grow before planting some ourselves. We all had a really good look around the garden area and the children came up with some ideas to make it look 'awesome'. The children then planted a sunflower seed each to take home and look after over the Easter holidays. Once the sunflowers are big enough, we will plant them in the garden!

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 adults at home who helped. Here are some photos of our amazing outcome:

The final touches!

The children have been busy over the last week adding the body, an arm and a camera to their rovers. They have learnt to use different joining methods and have used the iterative process to ensure they continue to make improvements to their rovers throughout the design and making stages. In English, the children have been writing instructions on how to make a rover using their imperative verbs and have enjoyed the chance to be bossy in their writing. During the final week of the project we will be painting the rovers ready for the outcome at the end of the week. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

What a great few weeks we have had!

The children have been super scientists over the last few weeks and have learnt about the properties of materials, conducting investigations to find out which materials would be best suited for which jobs. In DT, the children have started designing and building their rovers and have already made their axles and attached them on to their chassis. They have absolutely loved this process. The children have also been practising their imperative verbs with instructions and instructed Ms Parkhurst to make a jam sandwich. There were some very funny results!

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 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!

Community Week continues.....

We continued to have some amazing visitors at the end of our first week. On Thursday we had a guitar performance from the fabulous Jim Lambert, 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! The children have fully embraced all of the talents and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the visitors from our community.


This week the children have been practising their chosen talents ready for the talent show on Thursday. They have also written some invitations to the Year 2 children and some thank you cards to all the talented visitors.


Watch this space for more photos of our own talent show and art exhibition later on in the week.



What an amazing week it has been so far. 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.

As well as having heaps of fun, we have certainly had to be resilient! We can't wait to meet the rest of our talented visitors later in the week. Then it will be time to decide on our own special talent that we would like to show off in a fantastic talent show for the year 2's next week! Watch this space for more photos!


We have had another great week in the Peaches and spent the first few days of the week finishing off our stories and sketches ready for our 'Festival of wolves'. It was lovely to see so many parents at the outcome and to see the children becoming the teachers and teaching their grown ups all about our project. The children read the stories to their parents with confidence and taught them how to sketch a wolf. Well done gown ups - there were some fantastic sketches!


I'm sorry we couldn't get the dance videos working on the day. I will upload them to google classroom for you to watch.


This week in maths we have been learning about halves. The children helped Mrs Selby-Nicholls and Ms Parkhurst to divide a cookie into 2 equal parts. They then made their own cookies with playdough and practised finding half. They also found half of a piece of bread by folding it then using the fold to split it in half. Finally, as a class, we used the squares of a chocolate bar to find half in as many different ways as possible and then recorded it in our books. The children did very well to not eat all of the food. Luckily, maths is just before lunch!



This week we have been planning and writing the endings to our Little Red Riding Hood stories. We have been thinking hard about how we can make our stories exciting for the reader by adding lots of adjectives and suspense. We have also started to sketch our wolves using all the techniques we have learnt over the last few weeks. In dance, we learnt about unison and canon and we had a go at both of these then incorporated them into our dances. We practised our dances then recorded them to some wolf music. They will appear on google classroom at some point next week!


In maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and have been sorting the shapes depending on their properties. We also got to go on a shape hunt outside to see how many 3D shapes we could find. We found lots!


In phonics we have started to learn some split digraphs and the children have been super digraph detectives and have been bumping into them wherever they went.


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. 

Our PowerPoint Outcome - Is DP the place to be?

We have been working so hard as Geographers over the past five weeks to find out as much as we can about DP and comparing where we live to a little village called Portree in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. In computing, we have explored how to use PowerPoint and have worked interdependently to create a presentation all about DP to persuade the Hughes family to move here. We hope you enjoy our slideshow (parents, if you want to see the full video of the children presenting this, please head over to Google Classroom).

DP powerpoint 1 - Website.mp4

Still image for this video

Our trip to Dibden Inclosure

We are so lucky to have been on 3 trips into DP. The children were really looking forward to this one! Wellies and waterproofs on and off we went! We were very lucky with the weather and managed to miss the showers. We walked past the shops and up to the A326 where we completed a traffic survey. We discovered that it is a very busy road! We then crossed the road into the forest. The children had such a wonderful time playing with the leaves, building dens, balancing on logs - we didn't want to leave!


Our virtual coach tour

Tickets printed, seatbelts checked, the children were sat waiting patently on Orchard coaches ready for a virtual coach tour through the UK. First stop, our capital city- London. We were amazed by how beautiful it was! We continued to travel North but had a road closure, so had to travel West and make a stop in Wales. Did you know Wales is full of castles? One of the most famous castles is in the capital city of Wales; it is called Cardiff Castle. We travelled North and decided to cross the Irish sea to visit Northern Ireland. We were fascinated to see the Giants Causeway and hear the ancient legends about how it was built. Finally, after a rocky ferry ride back to mainland we continued our journey to Scotland. WOW what an adventure.

The Hughes family sent us on a letter hunt!

On Friday afternoon after an exciting celebration assembly, we spotted a letter on the carpet. It was from the Hughes family! They sent us around the school grounds, following clues and looking at a map of our school until we finally found the treasure box. Inside was our next mission of the project, to embark on a coach tour from DP to Skye to see what other countries are in the UK. We then had a go at plotting our letter hunt on the map- it was fantastic!

Our second trip to DP


The children knew what to expect for our second trip and they had been busy preparing and practising lots of questions ready to ask the shopkeepers. The children were so brave in the shops and they asked their questions with confidence and were all very polite. The shopkeepers were brilliant and gave us lots of information about what they sell in their shops. The butcher told us all about the 8 different types of sausages he had for sale that day and the lady in the bakery told us all about the different types of cakes she had for sale. The lady on the fruit and veg stall did a guess/find the fruit game with the children and then gave us some persimmon (sharon fruit) to take back to school to try. On the way back to school, we couldn't resist a little play in the park. We had such an amazing trip and we can't wait for the next one!

Our first trip into DP


Coats zipped up, toilet visited, high vis jackets on and we were ready to start exploring! The children were very excited to be walking into the village. Some were worried that they hadn't bought a lunchbox with them and that there was no coach! Their little legs did amazingly well and there was no complaining at all, just big smiles on all of their faces. The children thoroughly enjoyed pointing out all the places they knew to the adults. This trip was the shortest of the 3 but the children still got to see lots and look at what DP has to offer ready to report back to the Hughes family.

Is DP the place to be?


We were busy learning when suddenly an urgent email appeared on the screen. It was an email from the Hughes family. They needed our help to decide whether to move to Dibden Purlieu or not. They know nothing about the area as they are from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The children were all very excited to receive the email and accepted their new mission to find out as much as possible about DP and to report back to the Hughes family ASAP. The researching began immediately using Google Earth, Street View, atlases and maps to find out more about our local area. As always, the children fully immersed themselves into the project right from the beginning.

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.


This week we have been busy researching, role-playing and finding out about life in the past!

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 Peaches 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 Peaches 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.

Perfect Peaches 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, playing in our role play area and sneaking outside into the woods. Perfect Peaches 2021- 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 Peaches 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.

We have been on a hunt looking at different trees in our school grounds. Did you know that we have both deciduous and evergreen trees here? We had a lovely, calm afternoon sketching an apple tree and labelling the different parts.

The Perfect Peaches have absolutely loved finding out about what plants need to grow and survive. This week they were so excited to sow their own pea seed's and loved sowing other plants out in our greenhouse. It's safe to say we have been busy bees!

Wow what a buzzing start to the Summer term!

The Perfect Peaches went outside for our 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 accepted the mission of course and started our work straight away!


The Peaches 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!

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!

The Peaches have had the BEST DAY EVER! Our school was transformed into Orchard Castle and we had such a magical day experiencing life as a castle dweller! We had a great time playing some jousting games, doing some medieval dancing, writing on parchment paper and enjoying a royal banquet!

The Peaches have transformed into HISTORIANS!


WOW! The Peaches have been 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"


We have been so busy this week in the Peaches- 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!


What a disaster! The Peaches 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!