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Welcome to the Strawberries!


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

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.