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03 Mar 2021

COVID 19 Update - Children Services

School staff have been extremely busy over the past week preparing for the full opening of schools from March 8th onwards. To ensure that children and young people are safe on their return to school, plans are being put into place across the county to make sure that measures ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2021

Creating a Community Quilt

What a year it has been! How will you remember 2020? What do you hope for as you look forward? We would love to somehow commemorate the year by creating a community prayer quilt with patches that you have decorated. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Quilt Flyer.pdf ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2021

Letter to Pupils at Orchard School

We are incredibly proud of you. Despite lots of things being very different for you over the last year, you have shown amazing resilience, courage, and determination. You have worked especially hard since January, whether at home, or in school, and have shown great ability to adapt to change. By ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2021

Covid 19 Update - Rapid Flow Kits for Households

Over the weekend, the Government has confirmed twice-weekly testing at home using rapid lateral flow tests will be given for free to all families and households with primary, secondary school and college-aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles, to help find more COVID-19 cases and break ... (click to read more)

23 Feb 2021

March Re-Opening 2021

We are very much looking forward to seeing the children again when we re-open on March 8th and whilst the school environment will not be entirely risk free, we will do our absolute upmost to keep everyone safe by continuing to remain exceptionally ‘Covid conscious’. We have been open to ... (click to read more)

23 Feb 2021

Wraparound Club Re-Opening March 2021

As we move from the third lockdown period into the new ‘roadmap’ recovery system, our commitment to keeping our children and their families, as well as our staff as safe as possible continues to be our priority. When Wrap Around Care re-opens at Orchard on Monday 8th March, we will continue ... (click to read more)

09 Feb 2021

CV Thank You

I hope that you and your family continue to remain safe, healthy, and well. We are very fortunate to have an incredible parent community and therefore, as we near the half-term break, I would like to thank all of you for your tremendous support and partnership. Your commitment to delivering the ... (click to read more)

27 Jan 2021

Parents Remote Education - Thank You

I just want to tell you how incredibly well you and your children are doing. Many of you as parents and carers have been given a huge task, helping your child with their remote learning alongside your own work schedules, and we want to say ‘Thank You’. For many families, home learning ... (click to read more)

21 Jan 2021

2021 Activity Challenge

As we enter into another spell of remote learning as part of the national lockdown, we at the North Charnwood School Sport and Physical Activity Network are working with your child’s school in a bid to encourage all children to remain physically active at home during this period. Below you ... (click to read more)

12 Jan 2021

Parents Staying Connected

In these uncertain times, children are going to miss the social aspects of school, clubs and extra-curricular activities more than anything. We’ve had a few requests from parents regarding ideas to enable their children to stay in touch with their friends. With this in mind, I have put together some ideas ... (click to read more)

11 Jan 2021

Parents Live Learning Clarification

Despite some minor technical hitches, remote learning provision appears to be going very well so far, and we can’t thank you enough for your support and constructive feedback. We are constantly reflecting on our provision for those children working from home, particularly the use of ‘live teaching’. Whilst there are many positives ... (click to read more)

04 Jan 2021

School closure letter January 21 & arrangements

Please click here to see our letter regarding school closure with immediate effect from 8pm on 4th January 2021.     ... (click to read more)

03 Jan 2021

Covid Update January 2021

Happy New Year. I very much hope that you managed to have a good Christmas and enjoy some quality family time. It would be fair to say that the last few days have been chaos for primary school leaders. At present, we still intend to open to all pupils on Tuesday ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2020

Covid LCC Letter to Parents

This term has presented many challenges to parents, school staff and wider support staff, as we all adjusted to new rules and arrangements and worked hard together to keep children safe in school and engaging with their learning. We know there have been a number of covid-19 cases in schools and ... (click to read more)

25 Nov 2020

Parent Food Bank

We have had a wonderful response overall to the Food Bank Scheme, all food items, vouchers and monetary contributions will go to extremely good use. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Parent Food Bank Thank You Letter.pdf   ... (click to read more)

25 Nov 2020

Christmas Letter 2020

Whilst we’ve got to make a few changes this year due to Covid restrictions, we are determined that the children at Orchard are going to get a great Christmas experience in the last few weeks of term. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Christmas Letter.pdf ... (click to read more)

19 Nov 2020

Class 2 & 3 Return

It has been fantastic to get Classes 2 and 3 back in school this week. It’s also been great to see individual children from other classes return from isolation. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: CV letter 19.11.20 (003).pdf ... (click to read more)

03 Nov 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown Latest News

Keeping schools open has been a priority in the new national lockdown announced in England. In order to ensure that this action will not impact adversely on children, their families and school staff, or undermine the desired effect of the latest national lockdown measures in bringing down rates of Coronavirus transmission, ... (click to read more)

02 Nov 2020

Single Case of COVID-19 Within the Wider School Community

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our wider school community. As the confirmed case involves no direct contact with pupils or staff, the school remains open for all children. Keeping our children and families, staff and local community safe is our priority. Those concerned ... (click to read more)

09 Oct 2020

Halloween Theme Day

All celebrations and festivities will be different this year as restrictions surrounding COVID-19 continue; Halloween will be no exception. Having accepted that it is unwise to go Trick or Treating this year, and that there will be no PTA Halloween Disco, many pupils have spoken to staff about how disappointed they are ... (click to read more)

08 Oct 2020

Remote Learning

Should your child have to self-isolate, the school will provide learning for them to do at home. Most of you used the home learning resources on our website last term. However, we have made some changes in order to further strengthen our provision. Below you will find a copy of the ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

Active Travel Month

Did you know that each week all children should take part in an average of 60 minutes of physical activity that raises their heart rate every day? To support this ambition, your school has chosen to be involved in the Leicestershire Active Travel Month which aims to increase the number ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

Cycling Policy Info for Parents 2020

Orchard Primary School recognises the many positive benefits of pupils cycling to and from school.  We, therefore, look to encourage the correct form of travel behaviour in as many ways as possible and hope to support parents who wish their children to cycle to school. Below you will find a copy ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

Changes from IEP to Pupil Profile

The School have made some slight changes to the provision for pupils who are on our Special Educational Needs register. Previously, your child will have received an IEP, an Individual Education Plan, which will have included information about your child’s strengths and areas for development, as well as a shortlist ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

School Meals

Following on from our Great British School Dinner today, we are very excited to let you know that our hot meal service will resume after the half-term break. Due to COVID restrictions, we will need to make some changes to the normal lunchtime routine.   Below you will find a ... (click to read more)

30 Sep 2020

Access to Remote Learning

At Orchard Primary School, we are committed to providing your children with the best education we can possibly deliver and with this in mind, we are producing detailed plans for remote education so that children will have access to high-quality learning activities at home. In order to provide a seamless transition ... (click to read more)

23 Sep 2020

Latest COVID-19 Symptoms

Public Health England has produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school. The intention of ... (click to read more)

21 Sep 2020

Wrap Around Care Re-opening

We are pleased to let you know that we are able to restart our Wrap Around Care Provision from Monday 28th September. Spaces will need to be booked on the Eduspot system for weeks beginning 28th September, 5th October and 12th October by Thursday 24th September. Below you will find a copy ... (click to read more)

16 Sep 2020

Latest COVID-19 Procedures

As infection rates continue to rise across the county, the Director of Public Health and the Director of Children and Family Services request that face coverings are worn by parents and carers at school pick up and drop off in Leicestershire. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent ... (click to read more)

16 Sep 2020

Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence

A quick reference guide for parents and staff (September 2020), relating to Covid-19 pupil absence. Below you will find a copy of the guide sent to parents/carers: Covid-19 pupil abscence guide v1.pdf ... (click to read more)

15 Sep 2020

Good News

There has been a lot of media coverage on the negative impact of school closures, relating to academic achievement, mental health, physical wellbeing of pupils. However, at Orchard, we couldn’t be more proud of your children and have nothing but praise for how quickly pupils have ‘bounced back’ on their ... (click to read more)

06 Sep 2020

Letter from PHE and NHS Test and Trace

The Department for Education has worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the potential risks of spread. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Letter from PHE and NHS Test and ... (click to read more)

03 Sep 2020

Collection Arrangement Tweaks

We have made some slight adjustments to collecting pupils at the end of the day. For full details please read the letter below that has been sent out to all parent/carers. Collection Arrangement Tweaks.pdf ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2020

Dangerous & Inconsiderate Parking

There have been a number of complaints regarding the hazardous nature of roads close to the school site at hometime. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Parking Letter 2.9.20.pdf ... (click to read more)

26 Aug 2020

Parent Letter Drop Off & Collection Reminders

Please ensure you are aware of the new drop off and collection times for your child. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Parent Letter Drop Off & Collection Reminders.pdf ... (click to read more)

07 Jul 2020

End of Year letter & thanks

The school year is coming to an end after what has been a very unique and challenging 2020 so far.   Please click here to read the End of term letter form Mrs Shields. ... (click to read more)

28 May 2020

Covid-19 (Curriculum Update)

As you are well aware, school will be gradually increasing the number of children attending over the next few weeks and we will be adding groups into school as per government guidance. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Curriculum Letter 29.5.20.pdf ... (click to read more)

28 May 2020

Covid-19 (Wider Opening Pupils in Y2, 3, 4 & 5)

We would like to confirm that following the government’s announcement yesterday, our plans for the wider re-opening of school will now be able to go ahead.  Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Confirm CV letter to Y2, 3 4 & 5 parents 29.5.20.pdf ... (click to read more)

28 May 2020

Covid-19 (Wider Opening for Pupils in EYFS, Y1, Y6 and the ‘Priority Group’)

We would like to confirm that following the government’s announcement yesterday, our plans for the wider re-opening of school will stand as we had provisionally planned. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers: Confirm CV letter to EYFS, Y1, Y6 & PG parents 29.5.20.pdf ... (click to read more)

22 May 2020

Covid-19 (Parents of children in EYFS, Y1, Y6 and the ‘Priority Group’)

In order to help you to manage work commitments and child-care arrangements post June 1st, we would like to inform you of our progress towards formulating a plan to reintegrate EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 into school Below you will find a copy of the letter sent to parent/carers: CV letter ... (click to read more)

17 May 2020

Covid-19 Update (17-05-2020)

The situation regarding the proposed wider re-opening of schools is changing daily as new guidance from the DFE is published. Whilst I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many details, there are some general key messages that I feel are important to share with you at this point in time: Below ... (click to read more)

20 Mar 2020

School closure - official list of Key Workers

We appreciate parents will ensure they are keeping children at home whevever possible and only using school provision where they have no other choice. This latest letter will clarify school closure and the Key Worker list. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: CV Letter ... (click to read more)

19 Mar 2020

Coronavirus - School Closes

Please be aware that the School will be closing Friday 20th March 2020, for the vast majority of children, until further notice. a letter that has been sent to all parent/carers with the latest update on how Orchard is managing the closure of the School. Below you will find a copy of ... (click to read more)

16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Latest Update

I would like to reassure parents/carers that we do not have any confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus amongst staff, pupils or immediate family members. A letter has been sent out all parent/carers with the latest update on how Orchard is managing the Coronavirus in School. Below you will find a copy of the ... (click to read more)

03 Feb 2020

Attendance Reminder

I would like to remind parents/carers about the School’s Attendance Policy following concerns that Autumn Term attendance figures show an increase in the number of children having unauthorised time off school, or classed as persistently absent or ‘late’. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with ... (click to read more)

16 Jan 2020

Last School Dates of 2019

Please be aware that the School will be closing for the Summer holidays on Tuesday 14th July, as per the Leicestershire County Council Term dates timetable, has been sent out to all Parent/Careers.  Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child:  Term Dates Letter. 2019.pdf ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2019

The Theatre is coming to Orchard

A theatre production of 'The Wind in the Willows' is coming to Orchard Primary School, please book online by Thursday 12th December. ... (click to read more)

06 Nov 2019

Tri-Golf Competition Year 3/4

If your child has shown an interest in entering the Tri-Golf competition, please read the letter to see how your child can enter. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Tri-Golf Nov 2019 Years 3/4.pdf ... (click to read more)

06 Nov 2019

Tri-Golf Competition Year 5/6

If your child has shown an interest in entering the Tri-Golf competition, please read the letter to see how your child can enter. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Tri-Golf Nov 2019 Years 5/6.pdf ... (click to read more)

04 Nov 2019

Consent Form for the Administration of Medicines

A letter has been sent out to all Foundation Stage parents/guardians, asking for consent to administer medicines. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Medicine Form October 2019 FS.pdf ... (click to read more)

31 Oct 2019

Forthcoming Events (Nov-Dec)

Please be aware of the forthcoming events in November & December : Poppies (4th Nov) Anti-Bullying Day (12th Nov) Children in Need - None Uniform Day (15th Nov) School Council Christmas Cake Sale (3rd Dec) Christmas Jumper Day / Christmas Dinner Day (18th Dec) Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2019

Stranger Danger Letter Oct 2019

I am writing to alert you about a report of suspicious behaviour demonstrated by a man and woman in the Castle Donginton Co-Op yesterday at 4.30pm, who were asking shoppers what time the primary schools finished ‘around here’. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Stranger Danger ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2019

Flu Vaccination 2019

Childhood seasonal flu vaccination for primary school-aged children. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Flu Vac 2019 Parent letter.pdf ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2019

Autumn Events (2019-20)

There are a number of forthcoming Family Events during the first-half of the Autumn Term. The letter contains dates and brief details. Below you will find a copy of the letter sent home with each child: Autumn Events (2019-20).pdf ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2019

School Money Parent Guide (2019-20)

Please click on the link below to view the latest Parent User Guide on how to use the School Money Online software: School Money - Parent User Guide (2019-20).pdf ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2019

WW2 Beaumanor Hall Trip - Y5 & Y6 (2019-20)

As part of their topic work on Dig for Victory, children in Year 5 and Year 6 (classes 7, 8 and 9) will be visiting Beaumanor Hall on Monday 21st October 2019 Please click on the link below to find a copy of the original letter and a return slip: WW2 Beaumanor ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2019

Science Day Nottingham Trent - Y5 (2019-20)

Children in Year 5 have been given the opportunity to take part in an Outdoor Science Day at Nottingham Trent University. They will work with groups of students at the university and will be taking part in activities such as Geocaching. Please click on the link below to find a copy ... (click to read more)

03 May 2019

Sex and Relationship Education

Pupils will be undertaking lessons relating to the Sex and Relationships programmes of study during the Summer Term. Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will focus on aspects relating to the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, personal hygiene and caring relationships. A small part of the programme of ... (click to read more)

02 May 2019

House Competition 2019

The week beginning 20th May is our House Competitions Week, where all children will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of sporting and topic themed activities, earning points for their team (Redgate, Coppice, McCleans and Wheatcroft). Below you will find copies of the letter sent home with each ... (click to read more)

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