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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 Strawberries!


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

Mrs Carr kindly brought Fred the tortoise in to school this week! He hadn't 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.

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.

World Book Day 2022

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

On Friday, we headed into Hythe to sell the products we had made and to sing for our local community. We also spent time in Grove Gardens looking at the Hovercraft monument and spotting geographic features such as the port city of Southampton. We were lucky enough to have a tour of St John's Church which we all really enjoyed. We raised a total of £680 for the Hythe Pier Heritage Association to contribute towards the replacement of rotton planks of wood.

We became geographers and studied maps to understand where the Hythe Pier is in our local area.

Councillor Lovell and Councillor Wade came into school to share with us how through their roles they support our local community.

We decided to make tealight holders and postcards to sell in Hythe to help raise money to replace the rotton wood on the pier.

We became historians and researched about the history of Hythe Pier, ferry and train. We found out lots of interesting facts!

It's community week! We met members of the Hythe Pier Heritage Association who challenged us to raise money to help replace the rotton planks of wood. 

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 designing and making wooden spoon puppets for our puppet stages!

As part of a science study we dug out three small ponds in an effort to find out if we could attract new life to our school grounds. We'll check in during the rest of the year to find out how they're getting along.

On Monday morning, another ransom note arrived. Another toy had gone missing! Time to set our superheroes on the case!

We had a visit from a very distressed Mrs Johnn this week who had received a strange letter from somebody telling her that her daughter's Barbie had been stolen! Luckily we followed some clues and rescued her from her greenhouse prison!

Luckily the Strawberries responded by bringing in potential suitors to help Traction Man!

A new year and a new mysterious letter arrived. It turns out that Traction Man is looking for a helper whilst he is away being a superhero elsewhere!

During Golden Time, Louie, Charlie and Brody created HMS Victory out of Lego!

We had a debate about whether Lord Nelson was a rule breaker or a rule maker.

We continued our research during our visit to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. We had a great day!

We received a message from Horatio Nelson appeared on the whiteboard informing us that he was worried about being forgotten so he challenged us to research about him to help spread the message about how important he was British history.

On Friday the 8th of October we had a special visitor in school. Mrs Radmore dropped in to talk to us about her job. She is a pharmacist and she told us about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle through eating a balanced a diet and exercising. She also challenged us to design and make some leaflets to help educate other people in our community. So, this week we have been very busy starting our lovely leaflets which we will drop off to St. Andrews Church on Thursday the 21st of October.

After finding out about eating healthily we visited our local outdoor public space in Noads Way and had a go at six activities to help us get fitter. It was a little bit soggy but we all had an amazing time!

We have been learning about the five main food groups: protein, oils and fats, dairy, fruit and vegetables and carbohydrates. After we worked together to find out about food traffic light labels. We found some surprising answers!

We met Beyonce last week who brought in her lunch. After meeting her we sat in a circle and talked about what we felt about what Beyonce was going to eat.

*******************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!         

Throughout this project we have been studying the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. This week we had some fun creating our own abstract art using marbles and rulers. We are looking forward to sharing them with you at our outcome on Thursday after school.

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!

On Monday afternoon we had a surprise visit from Miss Smith, she was on the hunt for Miss Archer's missing crayons! Minutes later three mysterious letters arrived, after lots of discussion we decided to open them, they were from the crayons who were VERY upset. Consequently we spent this week thinking carefully about friendship and feelings.