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Welcome to the Peaches!


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

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!