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13 Nov 2023

Celebrating Pupils' Academic Success ...

Great news - last year’s Y2 and Y6 children performed higher than the national average for the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths (SATs 2023), as well as at the Greater Depth standard (KS1). A full breakdown of pupils’ academic achievements from last year can be viewed in ... (click to read more)

10 Nov 2023

Homework Menus: A Massive Thank You!

Taking pride in completing homework says a lot about a learner’s attitude. Thank you so much to all those parents who have ensured that their child’s homework is completed to a high standard. Thank you also to those parents who regularly hear their children read and sign the diary. Your support ... (click to read more)

10 Nov 2023

Sporting News November 2023

A fantastic festival of football saw the Orchard Y5/6 Boys’ Team produce some excellent performances against strong competition, winning the final on penalties. We were very impressed with the boys’ energy, enthusiasm and teamwork. Very well done to the Sports Ambassadors who represented the school at the Charnwood Sports Leader ... (click to read more)

03 Nov 2023

Character Education Day

To remind pupils of the importance we place on developing ‘character’, pupils took part in a special  Character Education Discovery Day which included working on a range of activities to develop their character muscles and personal attributes. ... (click to read more)

03 Nov 2023

Pupil Leadership Councils 2023-24

Recent elections have resulted in Amelia being voted President of the School Council, and Charlotte Vice President. School Council members have also been elected and are due to have their first meeting soon. House Captains have also been elected! Congratulations to the following pupils: Redgate – Ethan and Amelie Wheatcroft – Zack and Ellora McCleans ... (click to read more)

03 Nov 2023

Food Bank November 2023

Thank you to all of the families who donated items for our Food Bank. School Council have stocked the shelves and our one stop shop is available for anyone who needs it. Just pop in or phone the office. ... (click to read more)

31 Oct 2023

Fabulous Pharaohs 2023

A long lost tomb is discovered on the side of a mountain in the Valley of the Kings. The discovery is reported to the Cairo Museum of Antiquities who dispatch a team of archaeologists to investigate the discovery; open the tomb, and catalogue what’s inside….  Classes 5,6 & 7 used ... (click to read more)

30 Oct 2023

Happy Lunchtimes October 2023

Pupils in KS1 have been enjoying a wide variety of ‘Happy Lunchtimes’ games and activities in the different zones, organised by Mrs Marcer and our Sports Leaders. The obstacle course proving to be particularly popular! ... (click to read more)

27 Oct 2023

Curriculum News - KS2

Y5 & 6 are fully immersed in their new topic, ‘Keeping Healthy’, performing a dissection on a pig’s heart as part of their Inspiration Day, followed by a superb ‘Medical Maverick’s’ workshop for all of KS2, where, amongst other things, pupils were able to use an ultrasound machine to ... (click to read more)

27 Oct 2023

Sporting News October 2023

Congratulations to the Y5 who represented the school in the recent ‘Active Start’ workshop at Charnwood College. We are exceptionally proud of the children for their super attitudes and excellent efforts. Very well done also to the Y5 /6 football teams who represented the school in two recent tournaments, as ... (click to read more)

27 Oct 2023

Holloween Theme Day 2023

A spookily good day was had by all! Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising event. ... (click to read more)

26 Oct 2023

WW2 Day at Beaumanour 2023

Upper Key Stage 2 had a fantastic Inspiration Day as they were transported back as evacuees to WW2. As well as learning all about rationing and experiencing life in an air raid shelter, pupils also got the chance to decode secret messages, rather like the ones solved at Bletchley Park.  ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2023

Owl Babies! 2023

This half-term’s theme in EYFS has been inspired by the story ‘Owl Babies’. Thank you to ‘Birds on the Hand’ for helping with their Inspiration Day. ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2023

Enrichment Opportunities

As well as our fantastic after-school sports clubs, run by staff in our Sports Leadership Team, pupils have also been very busy at lunchtime developing their talents and learning new skills. Children in KS2 are loving learning how to use British sign language in a club run by Miss Walters. The ... (click to read more)

06 Oct 2023

Book Fair 2023

Thank you to all of our families who supported the Book Fair. We sold £657 of books which resulted in the school receiving hundreds of pounds back in commission. Mr Cooper will therefore be able to choose lots of new books for pupils across the whole school which will ... (click to read more)

02 Oct 2023

Grandparents Day

To celebrate National Grandparents Day, pupils brought their grandparents to school for the afternoon on 2nd October! It was great to see so many visitors in school. ... (click to read more)

02 Oct 2023

Our New EYFS Classes

Our wonderful Foundation Stage children have settled very happily into their new routines and are thoroughly enjoying exploring their inside and outdoor classrooms! ... (click to read more)

02 Oct 2023

Relish - Lunchtime Provider

Thank you for the positive feedback regarding our new lunch provider - Relish. We’re so glad that pupils are enjoying the new menus and the fantastic food on offer. Thanks to our wonderful kitchen team for all of their hard work. ... (click to read more)

28 Sep 2023

PTA Film Night

Another fantastic film night was had by all! Thank you to the PTA for putting the refreshments together. ... (click to read more)

28 Sep 2023

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2023

Thank you so much to the parents/visitors who attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning. We also very much appreciated the help from those who donated cakes or purchased cakes after school. ... (click to read more)

26 Sep 2023

European Day of Language

We celebrated the European Day of Languages with a special KS2 French Theme Day on 26th September. C'était une journée fantastique!  It was a super way to launch our new French Scheme from Kapow. ... (click to read more)

25 Sep 2023

Rock Kidz in the House

Rock Kidz ‘On Tour’ visited school to give pupils the opportunity to learn important life lessons in a fun way through their high energy rock-star workshops. It was loud, it was lively, it was great! ... (click to read more)

14 Sep 2023

KS1 Visit to the Adventure Farm

Y1&2 children had a super day at the Adventure Farm, where they explored the theme ‘Healthy Plants, Healthy People’. ... (click to read more)

11 Sep 2023

Free School Meals 2023

Is your child entitled to Free School Meals? Please check the PDF below to find out if your child is entitled to Free School Meals: Free School Meals,pdf ... (click to read more)

08 Sep 2023

Medical Mavericks – Curiosity and Questioning

To help pupils to discover amazing opportunities in the world of health, medicine and STEM, children in Key Stage 2 took part in a special ‘Mini-Medics’ workshop. Their curiosity was well and truly sparked as they took part in a range of exciting activities, including using an ultrasound machine ... (click to read more)

04 Sep 2023

We're all Back

It has been wonderful to have all of the children back in school. Pupils have been ecstatic to play with their friends again, have settled quickly into new routines and procedures and have returned to school with exceptionally positive attitudes towards their learning. We are incredibly proud of them. EYFS Our wonderful ... (click to read more)

30 Jun 2023

Transition Morning 2023

Pupils have been so excited to work in their new classes… ... (click to read more)

27 Jun 2023

Music - Pulsebea

We are delighted to be working with Sam Higgins from Pulsebeat. He will be running a percussion club, and leading private drum lessons from Orchard next year.  ... (click to read more)

27 Jun 2023

Gardening Club Pop-Up Stall

We were so proud of Gardening Club for running their very own plant sale after school. Having grown everything from seed, they created labels and a poster for their very own ‘pop up stall’. Thanks to Mr Owen for supporting the children.  ... (click to read more)

23 Jun 2023

Carsington Water Visit 2023

EYFS thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Carsington Water. The pond dipping activity was a big hit.  ... (click to read more)

21 Jun 2023

Bird Watching 2023

Year 1 spent the afternoon bird-watching as part of their topic ‘Wild Things’.  ... (click to read more)

19 Jun 2023

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors 2023

We are so proud of our Anti-Bullying Team this year. They had completed their final ‘Diana Award’ training session, and are now ready to apply for their ‘Respect’ badge. As part of this, they will be running a campaign over the next couple of weeks, and making a video ... (click to read more)

19 Jun 2023

WOW Week 2023

What an amazing week Wow Week for Y5/6. Taskmaster, food tech, archery, martial arts, team building, den building, multi-sports, games throughout the ages, Rebound, Escape Room…the trip to Alton Towers was a big hit! ... (click to read more)

16 Jun 2023

PTA Father's Day Breakfast

It was lovely to see the hall packed for our PTA Father’s Day Breakfast. We hope you enjoyed your bacon/bacon substitute butties!  ... (click to read more)

15 Jun 2023

Sports Day 2023

Thank you to Mr Patching and the Sports Leadership Team for organising a super Sports Day. The sun certainly shone this year!  ... (click to read more)

09 Jun 2023

Y5/6 Enterprise Scheme 2023

Congratulations to Year 5 & 6 pupils for running a fantastic Enterprise morning. They raised £650 by ‘growing’ their £1 loans. We were blown away by their high levels of creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. Thank you so much to parents for sending children in with money to spend. ... (click to read more)

01 Jun 2023

Clubs 2023

Pupils have had a super time again this term with a variety of clubs on offer. The gardening club have been particularly busy! Thanks to the staff for leading these activities.  ... (click to read more)

31 May 2023

SEND Nomination - Nasen Awards

Following a recent monitoring visit, Rob Butler, our SEND Governor, has very kindly nominated the school for two national NASEN awards (National Association for Special Educational Needs). As a previous Deputy Headteacher with over twenty years working in special education, as well as a Fellow of the Chartered College of ... (click to read more)

18 May 2023

Pupil Leadership Councils 2023

Our Sports Ambassadors are doing a superb job over in  KS1 at lunchtime. The job of a Sports Leader requires pupils to act as a ‘Playground Pal’, organising play activities for our younger pupils and ensuring that all children are being kind and considerate towards one another. I’m delighted to say ... (click to read more)

10 May 2023

Commemorative Coins

Thank you to the Parish Council for giving all pupils a commemorative coin to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. School Council thoroughly enjoyed attending the presentation ceremony at the library. ... (click to read more)

10 May 2023

Coronation Display

Thank you to Mrs McGravie for co-ordinating the school’s Coronation display at St Edward’s Church. Lots of you have commented on how lovely it looked.  ... (click to read more)

04 May 2023

Coronation Theme Day

A wonderful morning of celebratory activities followed by an afternoon of fun in the sun with family, cakes, lollies and games! ... (click to read more)

29 Apr 2023

Times Tableathon/Rock Star Dressing Up Day

 Thank you for supporting your children with learning their multiplication facts for our Timestableathon.  It was a really close competition!     Here are the scores: Coppice – 3518 Wheatcroft – 3625  McCleans – 3838 Redgate – 3892 The winners will be awarded with a special treat or Golden Afternoon. Well done Redgate House! ... (click to read more)

21 Apr 2023

Author Visit April 2023

Y3&4 had a super author visit from Katherine Wheatley from Bumblegreen Studio, who taught pupils about the Borneo Rainforest and the plight of the orangutan. All classes have been treated to a pack of beautiful books to celebrate ‘Earth Day’, kindly funded by the PTA. ... (click to read more)

20 Apr 2023

EYFS In the Sun

After having a lovely Teddy Bears’ Picnic before Easter, everyone in EYFS has been getting outside even more than usual to enjoy the sunshine…  ... (click to read more)

20 Apr 2023

Sports Workshops

Pupils have taken part in some super Street Dance and Zorbing sessions led by SH Active Sports. So much fun and laughter … ... (click to read more)

19 Apr 2023

Adventure is out there

Adventure is Out There for Key Stage 1 who will be exploring the sea, land and air before blasting off into space! After flying from Orchard Airport, pupils had a great time exploring the planes located in the local aeropark. ... (click to read more)

18 Apr 2023

House Spellathon 2023

Thank you for supporting your child/children with learning spellings for the House Spellathon. Here are the scores: McLeans – 2265 points Wheatcroft - 2055 points Coppice – 1968 points Redgate – 1753 points The winners will be awarded with a special treat or Golden Afternoon. Well done McLeans House! ... (click to read more)

17 Apr 2023

Easter Raffle 2023

We were inundated with chocolate items for our Easter Raffle. £464.72 was raised, which will go towards whole school enrichment events next year. Brilliant - thank you. ... (click to read more)

08 Mar 2023

Save the Children Earthquake Appeal

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser - we raised £297.60 for the Save the Children Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal. ... (click to read more)

08 Mar 2023

Happy Lunch Times (March 2023)

Thank you to Mrs Marcer for leading our Happy Lunchtimes initiatives with KS1. The children are having a lovely time participating in a range of varied activities. The ‘Reading Shed’ is proving to be very popular! ... (click to read more)

07 Mar 2023

Clubs (2023)

Our new KS1 Animal Care Club is proving to be a big hit! Sign Language Club have been recapping the signs they learnt in the Autumn (the alphabet, fingerspelling and greetings), and are now learning colours, numbers and some simple conversations! It is a great way for the children to ... (click to read more)

07 Mar 2023

School is Looking Lovely

Thank you so much to the staff for taking such pride in showing off the children’s work through some lovely displays. ... (click to read more)

06 Mar 2023

World Book Day (2023)

There were lots of great activities to celebrate World Book Day including the Masked Reader, Book Bingo and the BBC’s ‘Teach Live’ session. What a great way to support children in developing their love of books and creating a positive attitude towards reading. Thank you to Mr Cooper for ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2023

Author Visit (2023)

It was lovely to have author Allie-Mary and her dog, Mable, visit EYFS and KS1 to share her wonderful books with us. ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2023

Inspiration Days March 2023

The Vikings invaded Orchard as LKS2 took part in a very lively Inspiration Day, which included the use of our Now Press Play       Headsets. ‘Adventure is Out There’ for KS1. Pupils had great fun exploring the school grounds through a variety of orienteering activities! Searching for 25 ’flags’ with numbers/letters ... (click to read more)

24 Feb 2023

Author Visit & Sea Turtle Fundraiser

KS1 had a super ‘Awesome Oceans’ day with Katherine Wheatley from Bumblegreen Books. As well as hearing all about ocean life and the impact of plastic pollution, pupils learnt about two very special Sea Turtles, Hope and Donatello - through the story. They even found time to raise funds for Atoll ... (click to read more)

07 Feb 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally on the 7th February 2023 with the theme: ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. At Orchard, we used the day to spark a conversation about the safe and responsible use of technology and how we should respond ... (click to read more)

06 Feb 2023

Children's Mental Health Week February 2023

To acknowledge Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 (6-12 Feb) pupils took part in a variety of activities to fit in with this year’s theme of ‘Let’s Connect’. Pupils were helped to understand that when we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental ... (click to read more)

06 Feb 2023

PTA Film Night February 2023

Thank you for supporting this event. The children had a super time, as always. ... (click to read more)

03 Feb 2023

Sporting News - Spring Term A 2023

Well done to the children who participated in the  Key Steps 1 and 2 gymnastics competition against 6 other schools at Iveshead School. The girls showed poise, control and style as they competed. A great effort all round. Congratulations also, to our winning golf team! Pupils had a great time competing against ... (click to read more)

30 Jan 2023

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwaych & ECO Club 2023

All of our classes braved a very cold and windy week to undertake the 2023 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Pupils had a great time completing the survey. ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 2023

Inspiration Days January 2023

EYFS pupils were so excited to meet some real-life heroes as part of their ‘Emergency, Emergency’ Learning Adventure. Thank you so much to our special visitors for bringing learning to life! UKS2 are ‘On Safari’ this half term. Their Inspiration Day was packed with lots of research and some super artwork. LKS2 ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2023

Cake Fundraiser January 2023

Well done to pupils in Classes 8,9 & 10 who brought in cakes for a whole school fundraising initiative, led and organised by a group of Year 6 pupils. After hearing about the plight of some endangered species, notably ‘The Big 5’, pupils were keen to raise money for ... (click to read more)

19 Jan 2023

Sporting News January 2023

We’re very proud of our basketball team for winning at Charnwood. This a brilliant advert for the character muscles we promote as a school: resilience, cooperation, determination and respect. We have also been delighted to see our Sports Ambassadors develop their leadership skills by running a super Sports hall  ... (click to read more)

16 Jan 2023

Wombles in Litter Assembly

Thank you to Geoff and Keith from ‘Wombles in Litter Education’ for a super assembly which raised awareness of the harm litter causes for our environment and wildlife. ... (click to read more)

09 Jan 2023

Extra-Curricular Activities 2023

Our clubs offer has proven to be very popular this half-term. Art Club has produced a lovely display from their first session and it’s been fantastic to see so many pupils from EYFS taking part in Multi-sports … ... (click to read more)

16 Dec 2022

Enterprise Scheme 2022

Our amazing Year 5 and 6 pupils raised money for school funds through selling items that they had created. From homemade biscuits to reindeer food, there was a lot of enterprise and creativity on show. ... (click to read more)

16 Dec 2022

Chocolate Raffle 2022

Thank you to Mrs Daft for organising a fantastic chocolate raffle. All of the money raised will go towards whole school enrichment events.  ... (click to read more)

15 Dec 2022

Christmas Performances 2022

We have been astonished at the level of confidence displayed by our super EYFS pupils during their performance of The Nativity.  Very well done all! KS1 children sang beautifully in their Carol Service, and the LKS2 Celebration of Christmas Concert was lovely.  So good to be able to welcome families ... (click to read more)

14 Dec 2022

Christmas Dinner & Jumper Day 2022

The kitchen staff made lunchtime very special for the pupils - thanks to them for their hard work. We also had a number of splendid jumpers on show! ... (click to read more)

14 Dec 2022

PTA Festive Film Night & Wreath Making

Thank you to the PTA for organising the wreath-making night, which was exceptionally well attended by members of the community. Thanks also to the PTA and Staff for the film night - the selection boxes went down a treat! ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2022

Immersive Experience Headsets

Thank you to the PTA for funding a subscription to ‘Now Press Play’ so that we can use their immersive experience headsets in school to really bring learning to life through sound, story and movement. ... (click to read more)

12 Dec 2022

Choir December 2022

Choir had a lovely visit to a local Care Home. Pupils sang beautifully, and as always, were a credit to the school. ... (click to read more)

12 Dec 2022

The Hub Christmas Tree Display 2022

Our beautiful Christmas Tree at the Hub’s Tree Festival. Well done to all of the pupils in EYFS for making the decorations and thanks to the PTA for their help. ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2022

Santa Dash 2022

We had lots of fun completing this year’s Santa Dash, with some very competitive running in all classes! ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2022

Fire Safety Visit 2022

Class 9 had a great time exploring Castle Donington Fire Station’s recently installed Education Safety Zone, which aims to educate young people on fire safety in the home. ... (click to read more)

07 Dec 2022

Carols in The Community 2022

Thank you to Mrs Wood for organising our Carol Singing event and to the staff who supported us. Pupils had a lovely time helping to get our neighbours feeling festive! Thanks also to the parents who joined us. ... (click to read more)

06 Dec 2022

Sporting News December 2022

Well done to those pupils who represented the school at the Dodgeball tournament at Charnwood at the beginning of December. Third place out of 16 teams. Great!                       ... (click to read more)

01 Dec 2022

Children in Need 2022

Thank you to all those who supported this event. A total of £203.52 was raised. ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2022

Girls’ Football Success

So proud of our girls – came back with bronze medals after two closely fought matches in the finals at Charnwood. ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2022

KS1 Reading Events

Following their visit to the local library, KS1’s love for reading was further enhanced through a super Bedtime Stories event. Thank you to all those who came back to school in their PJS!   ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2022

Journey to Mars

More great fun with our immersive headsets. Class 9 had a great time on their journey to Mars.   ... (click to read more)

21 Nov 2022

Anti-Bullying Week (2022)

From our Anti-Bullying Assembly and Odd Socks Celebration on Monday, to lots of super work on kindness and respect in PSHE. It’s proving to be a super Anti-Bullying Week culminating in Friendship Friday and our ‘Smile Booth’! ... (click to read more)

21 Nov 2022

Donington Dynamo Session - Football

Inspired by the Football World Cup, KS1 pupils have been taking part in a special Donington Dynamo session to examine different techniques for taking penalties. The Panenka penalty was a real favourite! Everyone was a winner today. ... (click to read more)

21 Nov 2022

UKS2 Space Centre Visit (2022)

Super visit to the National Space Centre for Y 5 & 6. You could almost say that it was out of this world! ... (click to read more)

21 Nov 2022

Dogs Trust Visit

Was super to have Sarah from Dogs Trust join us in school this week to run a special assembly and KS2 workshops. Thank you! @DogsTrust @DT_Loughborough ... (click to read more)

20 Nov 2022

Immersive Headsets

The immersive experience headsets from ‘Now Press Play’ are proving to be a big hit. As part of their Road Trip USA Learning Adventure, Class 7 acted out the inspirational story of Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and social activist who helped rescue enslaved African Americans in the Combahee ... (click to read more)

18 Nov 2022

Road Trip USA (2022)

Having flown to the USA, Lower Key Stage 2 started their road trip in Alaska where they researched information about the local wildlife. Off to Washington tomorrow! ... (click to read more)

17 Nov 2022

EYFS Early Writing

Lots of super writing happening in EYFS …   ... (click to read more)

17 Nov 2022

EYFS Shape Work

Pupils in EYFS have been exploring shape this week … ... (click to read more)

17 Nov 2022

Donington Dynamo Computing Session

Inspired by their Talk for Writing text, Kasim and the Greedy Dragon, pupils in KS1 created these super images … Thanks to Mr Patching for leading this session. ... (click to read more)

16 Nov 2022

Castle in the Sun

Inspired by Paul Klee’s Castle in the Sun , Class 1 have produced some lovely artwork … ... (click to read more)

16 Nov 2022

Choir

Three gigs coming up, so the Choir are very busy rehearsing their Christmas Carols! ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2022

PSHE Big Books

Super examples of work from our PSHE Big Books … ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2022

Magical Music

Class 6 have had great fun playing music on the Boomwhackers!   ... (click to read more)

03 Nov 2022

Halloween Theme Day 2022

A spookily good day was had by all! Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising event.                                                                    ... (click to read more)

02 Nov 2022

Lunchtime Clubs 2022

Pupils have loved learning how to use British sign language in a club run by Miss Walters. The choir is also sounding very good with Mrs Wood teaching pupils songs from the hit musical ‘The Sound of Music’! Mr Owen’s ‘Outdoor Experts’ have been busy looking after the environment and as ... (click to read more)

02 Nov 2022

Harvest 2022

 As part of our special harvest celebrations, Y1 produced some lovely Autumnal landscapes.  Pupils also participated in lots of gardening activities. ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

Owl Babies!

This half-term’s theme in EYFS has been inspired by the story ‘Owl Babies’. Thank you to ‘Birds on the Hand’ for helping with their Inspiration Day! ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

LSK2 Rocks Exhibition

Year 5 had great fun visiting Lower Key Stage 2’s interactive exhibition all about rocks and soil. There was a vote on the use of fossil fuel, Top Trump cards, a fold mountain demonstration and a soil shaker experiment amongst the many hands-on exhibits! ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

Sporting News November 2022

A fantastic festival of football saw the Orchard Boys’ Team produce some excellent performances against strong competition. We were pipped to the post to finals night but were very impressed with the boys’ energy, enthusiasm and teamwork. On another positive note, pupils from Y3-6 have represented the school brilliantly at ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

Food Bank November 2022

Thank you to all of the families who donated items for our Food Bank. School Council members have stocked the shelves and our one stop shop is available for anyone who needs it. Just pop in or give the office a ring. ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

Donington Dynamo Sessions

Orchard’s football stars had a special afternoon sports session with Mr Cauldwell, learning to emulate the skills of elite players like  Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo!   ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2022

PTA & Parental Support - Thank You!

Thank you to the PTA for funding lots of new resources for school … some super outdoor furniture for the woodland area, immersive experience headsets., a subscription to ‘Amazing People’, subsidising visitors, trips and theatre groups for the year… We couldn’t manage without both the PTA and the parental support ... (click to read more)

28 Oct 2022

Anti-Bulling Ambassador Training Event

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors had a great time at The Diana Award training session. They’ve got lots of ideas for their first campaign on ‘Respect’. ... (click to read more)

27 Oct 2022

Book Fair 2022

Thank you to all of our families who supported the Book Fair. We sold over £1000 of books which resulted in the school receiving £600 back in commission!!! This is absolutely amazing! Mr Cooper has therefore been able to choose lots of new books for pupils across the whole ... (click to read more)

26 Oct 2022

KS1 Visit to Bolsover Castle

To launch their new Learning Adventure ‘Once Upon A Time’, KS1 had a super day at Bolsover Castle exploring everything from the parapets on the wall-walk, its towers and the vaults in the basement. They had a fabulous day! ... (click to read more)

24 Oct 2022

Music Mark 2022-2023

We are delighted to have again been recognised as a Music Mark School in celebration of our commitment to providing high-quality music education for all of our children. ... (click to read more)

06 Oct 2022

Donington Dynamos Session

Lights! Camera! Action! Thank you to Mr Patching for leading a fantastic Donington Dynamos session with pupils creating their own film to promote the character education work that we do at Orchard. ... (click to read more)

06 Oct 2022

Fire Safety Talk 2022

Thank you to Leicestershire Fire Service for coming into school to speak to Year 1 and Year 5 about Fire Safety. ... (click to read more)

05 Oct 2022

EYFS - Bread Making

Inspired by the story of the Little Red Hen, pupils in EYFS have baked their own bread! ... (click to read more)

05 Oct 2022

Boys' Football

A fantastic festival of football saw the Orchard team produce some excellent performances against very strong opposition.  We were pipped to the post to finals night but were very proud of the boys' energy, enthusiasm and teamwork. ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly 2022

On October 3rd, pupils across the school joined in the ‘Big Anti-Bullying Assembly’, sponsored by The Diana Award and Nationwide Building Society. Via a virtual assembly, pupils were reminded about the need for mutual respect in our school and communities. Together, we pledged to put an end to bullying, to ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

Donington Dynamo Science Workshop

Very well done to the pupils who took part in a Donington Dynamos Science Workshop with Miss Hudspith. They had great fun exploring forces through the construction of moving fairground rides. ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

School Council Elections 2022

Congratulations to Holly who was voted in by pupils as this year’s School Council President. She will be ably supported by her Vice-Presidents, Ollie and Kara. ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

Red Apples & Green Apples

Well done to all of our newest pupils in EYFS. Not only are they showing excellent  independence in the  mornings, but they have settled brilliantly into their new classes. ‘Squiggle While You Wiggle’ and Dough Disco are proving to be big hits, as is the outdoor learning environment. ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

European Day of Languages

We celebrated European Day of Languages with a special KS2 French Theme Day on 26th September. C'était une journée fantastique ! ... (click to read more)

03 Oct 2022

Grandparents Day 2022

To celebrate National Grandparents Day, pupils brought their grandparents to school for the afternoon on 3rd October. It was great to have lots of extra pairs of hands to help out with the art activity in KS1! ... (click to read more)

30 Sep 2022

Pupil Leaderships Councils 2022

House Captains have been elected! Congratulations to the following pupils: Marwa & Alexis  (McLeans); Sophie & Lily (Wheatcroft); Ava & Dylan (Redgate) and Macey & Isabel (Coppice) who will be helping to organise House Competitions, such as the Spellathon and Sports Day. ... (click to read more)

29 Sep 2022

National Stone Centre Visit

All the pupils in LKS2 went to visit the Stone Centre at Wirksworth to enhance our Learning Adventure of Earth Rocks.  We had a great day of fossil hunting, soil sifting and gem panning. We even got to keep some of the jewells! ... (click to read more)

29 Sep 2022

Sports Coaching - Our New PE Scheme

We have purchased a fantastic new ‘Horizon’ PE scheme! Pupils got the chance to try it out with a specialist sports coach from David Ross  Education Trust. ... (click to read more)

29 Sep 2022

Year 5 Recorders

Class 8 are loving their recorder lessons with Brendon from  Midland Music. Brendon is also able to offer private piano lessons during school hours on (Tuesday and Wednesday) and guitar lessons (Wednesday). Please contact Midland Music directly: Tel. 01332 314 055. ... (click to read more)

29 Sep 2022

PTA Film Night (Sept 2022)

Another fantastic film night was had by all! Thank you to the PTA for putting the refreshments together. ... (click to read more)

27 Sep 2022

Sporting News (Sept 2022)

Saturday 10th September was our annual Cross Country event at Prestwold Hall. Twenty-two children from Years 3-6 took part. They were all amazing and an absolute credit to the school. Special congratulations to Finn who came 9th out of 120 children for Year 3. We’re back again on Saturday ... (click to read more)

12 Sep 2022

Symphony Learning Trust Results

At the end of the summer term, the Trust to which Orchard are part of, received some fantastic pupil results. Our averages in the four key areas – end of Foundation Stage, Phonics, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, were all well above national averages. As a Trust, we ... (click to read more)

09 Sep 2022

Macmillan Fundraiser 2022

Thank you so much to the parents/carers who attended our Macmillan coffee morning or very kindly donated cakes. Thanks also to our fabulous Y5/6 School Council members for helping.        ... (click to read more)

08 Sep 2022

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

EYFS staff are truly amazing! Love, laughter and learning in the first full week at school. ... (click to read more)

08 Sep 2022

Happy Days!

What a fabulous second week back! Here’s to a successful and exciting year where we can all build on the progress we have made and continue to make time spent at school memorable, inspiring and valuable to all of our children. ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2022

Character ED Day (2022)

Reminding pupils of the importance we place on developing ‘character’ - Character Education Discovery Day. ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2022

Rock Kidz

Rock Kidz in the house! What a great way to end a fab week. ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2022

First Week in School For EYFS

Our wonderful 46 Foundation Stage children have settled very happily into their new routines and are thoroughly enjoying exploring their inside and outdoor classroom! ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2022

First Week Back (2022)

What a fabulous first week back! Here’s to a successful and exciting year where we can all build on the progress we have made and continue to make time spent at school memorable, inspiring and valuable to all of our children. ... (click to read more)

30 Aug 2022

Celebrating Pupils' Academic Success

Great news - our Y6 children have performed 12.5% higher than the national average in Reading, Writing and Maths (SATs 2022). A full breakdown of pupils’ academic achievements for the last year can be viewed in the School Performance section of the website. ... (click to read more)

30 Aug 2022

We're Raring to Go!

We’re ready for an amazing Autumn Term and are can’t wait to see all of our lovely children again next week! Thanks to all of the staff who have worked hard over the holidays - the school looks fabulous. ... (click to read more)

30 Aug 2022

Sporting News (2022)

We are delighted to have been awarded the School Games Platinum Award again for 2021/22. Special thanks to our Staff Sports Leadership Team and Sports Ambassadors. ... (click to read more)

10 Jun 2022

Sporting News June 2022

Having taken part in the Active Travel Month initiative in March, we were very pleased to have been placed  (in no particular order) amongst the top three schools. Across the participating schools an amazing 14,070 active travel journeys were recorded! ... (click to read more)

09 Jun 2022

Sports Ambassadors

Our Sports Ambassadors are doing a superb job and have really impressed staff with their responsible attitudes over the last two terms. The job of a Sports ‘Leader’ requires pupils to act as a ‘Playground Pal’ to play a leadership role at break and lunch times; organising play activities for ... (click to read more)

07 Jun 2022

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

We had a wonderful day celebrating everything that is great about Britain and Queen Elizabeth II. The day not only helped pupils to celebrate the nation’s Royal Family but enabled us to develop their awareness of our rich culture and history.  Pupils undertook a range of super activities, including making a ... (click to read more)

06 Jun 2022

Sports Slam

Thank you to Mrs White who entered the Sports Direct Sports Slam competition on the school’s behalf. We won a very large box of sporting equipment which will be put to very good use! ... (click to read more)

25 Mar 2022

PTA - Special Thank You 2022

Thank you to the PTA for providing the refreshments for Film Night and for organising the Mother’s Day event. Huge thanks also to the PTA for providing the funding to purchase books, support enrichment events in school and to refurbish ‘The Bubble Room’. It’s really appreciated. ... (click to read more)

25 Mar 2022

Comic Relief 2022

Thanks for your support with our ‘dress yourself silly’ fundraising day. There were some absolutely ingenious ideas.  ... (click to read more)

24 Mar 2022

KS1 Fit For Life

Pupils in classes 1-4 had a  great Fit for Life PE session led by Progressive Sport. ... (click to read more)

23 Mar 2022

Sporting News - March 2022

Well done to pupils who took part in the recent rugby, hockey and multi-sports competitions. We were very proud of their positive attitudes and team spirit. The hockey and rugby teams even came back to school with a First Place winner’s trophy and a medal each. Well done all! ... (click to read more)

23 Mar 2022

World Book Day 2022

Another fantastic World Book Day was had by all!                                 Thank you parents for all of your support with this special day, especially those who encouraged their children to take part in our Extreme  Reading and ... (click to read more)

23 Mar 2022

Rainbow of Hope

Thank you for supporting us with our Ukrainian fundraising appeal. It was a very poignant moment when we created our rainbow and held a  minute’s silence as we wished for peace. Thanks also to those of you who donated items for the Rotary/T4U appeal. ... (click to read more)

22 Mar 2022

Summer Term B - Inspiration Days

Inspiration Days to launch new topics have been amazing for Spring Term B. Pupils in Classes 7,8 and 9 were slightly terrified of their exceptionally strict teacher as they experienced life in a Victorian school during a visit to The Black Country Museum.  Roman Ron invaded Classes 5, 6 and 7 ... (click to read more)

21 Mar 2022

British Science Week (14th-18th March)

This year’s theme was ‘growth’, therefore activities were mostly be based around humans and living things.  Pupils participated in a carousel of activities for a whole day where they explored the theme, having taken part in a super exciting Science assembly led by Miss Hudspith to launch the week. ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2022

School has vacancies for Teaching Assistants

We have vacancies availabe for Teaching Assistants. Please see our Vacancies page for further information.  ... (click to read more)

21 Feb 2022

Children's Mental Health Week 2022

To acknowledge Children’s Mental Health Week (7th - 13th February), pupils took part in a variety of activities to fit in with this year’s them of ‘Growing Together'. As well as a special assembly, pupils ‘Reached for the Stars’, made a ‘Growing Together’ wall and created Support Balloons. Pupils learnt that ... (click to read more)

21 Feb 2022

Spring 2022 News - Spring Term A

Well done to the pupils who took part in the recent netball tournament at Charnwood - we reached the quarter-finals.  We were also very proud of our basketball team for their excellent team spirit. ... (click to read more)

21 Feb 2022

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch & ECO Club

All of our classes braved a very cold and windy week to undertake the 2022 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Pupils had a great time completing the survey. Thanks also to our ECO Club for litter picking and looking after our wildlife areas. Under the watchful eye of Mr Owen, they ... (click to read more)

14 Feb 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022

Safer Internet Day was celebrated globally on the 8th February 2022 with the theme: All fun and games?   Exploring respect and relationships online. At Orchard, we used it as a great opportunity to spark a conversation about the safe and responsible use of technology, and to inspire pupils to create ... (click to read more)

02 Feb 2022

Year 2 Phonics Screening Check Results

Cancellation of the phonics screening check in June 2021 meant that pupils starting Year 2 in September 2021 had to complete the screening check during the second half of the 2021 Autumn Term. We are delighted to inform parents that the school achieved a 100% pass rate.  Well done ... (click to read more)

02 Feb 2022

Extra-Curricular Activities 2022

Our clubs offer has proven to be very popular this half-term. Art Club has produced a lovely display from their first session and it’s been fantastic to see so many pupils from EYFS taking part in Multi-sports … ... (click to read more)

02 Feb 2022

Inspiration Days - January 2022

Pupils in Key Stage 1 boarded the Titanic for the start of their ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ topic and experienced life in all three classes of cabin! They learnt what life was like for the different passengers, had afternoon tea and experienced some entertainment in the form of listening to ... (click to read more)

01 Feb 2022

Food Bank Donations - Jan 2022

Thank you so much to those parents and visitors who donated groceries, new toys and vouchers/money for the foodbank during December. Your generosity was very much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

24 Jan 2022

World Religion Day 2022

We are very big on tolerance, harmony and respect at Orchard and so wanted to celebrate World Religion Day by having a special themed afternoon on 14th January. Through a variety of activities, pupils were encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different beliefs have, and to explore some of the ... (click to read more)

17 Dec 2021

Hobgolin Theatre Visit

As you know, we always like the end of our topics to have the ‘wow’ factor! Year 3 and 4 were not only treated to a performance of ‘The Mummy’s Curse’, performed by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company, but also then participated in a drama  workshop themselves to explore Ancient Egypt ... (click to read more)

17 Dec 2021

Chocolate Raffle 2021

Thank you to Mrs Daft for organising a fantastic chocolate raffle. The money we raise will go towards whole school enrichment events.  ... (click to read more)

15 Dec 2021

Goodbye...

We are saying  ‘goodbye’ to Mrs Horsfall, who is retiring after 34 years working at Orchard. She wanted to say a few words… “As I will be retiring this Christmas after 34 years at Orchard, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of the children and their families ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Carols in the Community

Thank you to Miss Brown for organising our Carol Singing event and to the staff who supported it. Pupils had a lovely time helping to get our neighbours feeling festive! The hot chocolate certainly helped to warm them up after a pretty cold and damp evening. Thanks also to the ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Christmas Cheer 2021

Pupils from our choir sang beautifully at Donington’s Christmas Cheer. It was lovely to be able to take part  in this event after missing out on it last year. ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

The Hub Christmas Tree Display

Well done to pupils in EYFS for producing some beautiful decorations for the Orchard Christmas Tree, which  is currently being displayed at The Hub as part of a local celebration. Massive thanks to members of the  PTA for supporting us with this. ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Foob Bank & Christmas Donations 2021

Huge thanks to the following local companies who have very kindly donated supermarket vouchers for our Foodbank appeal, chocolate raffle prizes or Christmas cracker table decorations: Paul Kirby at Octopus PR (£50), DHL (a selection box for every pupil), Miller Homes, Icon Residence, Creed Food Services, William Davies and ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Derby University Photo Shoot

We were delighted to be able to offer ourselves to Derby University as a setting for their Education Department marketing campaign. Pupils in EYFS and Classes 3, 4, 7 and 9 did us proud.   ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Well-Being Day

Pupils in KS2 had a super day learning all about how to be their best selves. After an inspiring assembly, Paul Griffiths, a motivational speaker, then helped our Y5/6 children to learn more about Growth Mindset, aspiration, the power of teamwork and how to set yourself goals in life. ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Fire Safety Visit

Pupils in Years 1,2 and 5 were treated to a fire safety talk by an officer from the Castle Donington Fire and Rescue Station. Huge thanks to the local crew. ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Virtual Choir

We were delighted that the choir were able to take part in the Leicestershire Music Sleigh Ride Virtual  Singing Project this half-term. Pupils performed beautifully. ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Upper KS2 Christmas Enterprise Scheme 2021

Our amazing Year 5 and 6 pupils raised money for school funds through selling items that they had created. From sewn soft toys to reindeer food, there was a lot of enterprise and creativity on show. Well done all! ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2021

Christmas Dinner & Christmas Jumper Day 2021

The kitchen staff made lunchtime very special for the pupils - thanks to them for their hard work. We also had a number of splendid outfits on show! ... (click to read more)

10 Dec 2021

Local Schools' Football Tournamen

We were delighted to be able to organise a local football tournament for our Y5/6 against squads from Hemington and St Edwards. It was a great afternoon of sport. ... (click to read more)

07 Dec 2021

Santa Dash

The Santa Dash on 6th December was part of a nationwide event. We had lots of fun completing this activity, with some very competitive running in all classes! ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2021

Sporting News Nov 2021

Pupils from Y3-6 have represented the school brilliantly at the Leicestershire School’s Cross Country Championships at Prestwold. There are three meetings in total, with competitions for both individuals and teams. We’re feeling very positive! Thank you to Mr Patching and the parents and staff who have supported all of ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2021

Remembrance day Activities 2021

To acknowledge Remembrance Day, pupils took part in a variety of special activities based on gratitude, hope and remembrance. Thank you to all those pupils and parents who purchased poppy related products from our Royal British Legion collection. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2021

Eco-Team & Outdoor Learning

Mr Owen has been busy inspiring our Eco-Warriors. They are currently undertaking an 'Environmental Review' to see what we can improve in school to save energy and reduce waste. They’ll be reporting back to their classmates shortly. Mr Owen has also been inspiring staff in Key Stage 1 to take ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2021

Gifted & Talented Girls' Football Training Session

We were delighted to welcome Dan Flint from Charnwood Sports Partnership to lead a training session for our exceptionally talented girls’ football squad. Having won the North Charnwood Football Tournament last month, they loved the opportunity to get some more top tips and to hone their skills. Great job ... (click to read more)

11 Nov 2021

The Referee Man

As part of their WW2 Learning Adventure, pupils will be finding out about the significance of coding and the Enigma Machine. As an introduction to the wonders of technology, pupils in Classes 8,9 and 10 worked with ‘The Referee Man’ to explore how technology is used in football. The children ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2021

Halloween Theme Day 2021

A spookily good day was had by all! Thank you to everyone for supporting this PTA fundraiser. ... (click to read more)

29 Oct 2021

Fabulous Pharaohs

A long lost tomb is discovered on the side of a mountain in the Valley of the Kings. The discovery is reported to the Cairo Museum of Antiquities who dispatch a team of archaeologists to investigate the discovery, open the tomb, and catalogue what’s inside…. Classes 5,6 & 7 ... (click to read more)

29 Oct 2021

We've Been Out, Out!

It was an absolute joy to see Classes 8,9 and 10 go on a trip to Beaumanor Hall as part of their World War Two Learning Adventure - the first visit out in a long, long time. Did you know that during World War II, Beaumanor Hall was instrumental in ... (click to read more)

25 Oct 2021

PTA Film Night October 2021

Another fantastic film night was had by all! Thank you to the PTA for putting the refreshments together. ... (click to read more)

25 Oct 2021

Science Exhibition

Wow! Wow! Wow! Classes 8, 9 and 10 created a science museum for their outcome event, devoting a section of its museum to the workings of the human body. Having displayed their own information boards, models and set up a variety of activities, the museum was then visited by ... (click to read more)

25 Oct 2021

We've Been Out, Out Too!

Pupils in Key Stage 1 have been exploring the village as ‘Donington Detectives’! They had a very interesting visit to the new housing development, and met with some of the contractors on site to explore how houses are built, and the materials that are used in building construction. They ... (click to read more)

18 Oct 2021

Sporting News October 2021

Congratulations to the Y5/6 pupils who represented the school in the recent ‘Active Start’ workshop at Charnwood College. We are exceptionally proud of the children for their super attitudes and excellent efforts. Very well done also to the Y5 /6  football teams who represented the school in two recent tournaments. ... (click to read more)

11 Oct 2021

Pupil Leadership Councils

House Captains have been elected! Congratulations to the following pupils: G&O (McLeans); L&E (Wheatcroft); F&L (Redgate) and H&K (Coppice). As well as helping to organise House Competitions, these pupils will also be collecting the House Points Cup, awarded during Friday’s Achievement Assembly (once whole school assemblies resume). Librarians, Digital Leaders, Anti-Bullying ... (click to read more)

06 Oct 2021

The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly 2021

On October 4th, pupils across the school joined in the ‘Big Anti-Bullying Assembly’, sponsored by The Diana Award and Nationwide Building Society. Via a virtual assembly, pupils were reminded about the need for mutual respect in our school and communities. Together, we pledged to put an end to bullying, to ... (click to read more)

04 Oct 2021

Food Bank Donations 2021

Thank you so much to parents/carers who donated items for our Food Bank. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thanks also to our Y5/6 School Council members for organising our one-stop-shop! ... (click to read more)

04 Oct 2021

KS1 Capoeira Workshop

Thank you to Progressive Sports for leading a Capoeira session with each of our Key Stage 1 classes.  We combined this Brazilian martial arts form with our Superheroes topic, so that pupils could create their very own superhero role-plays, drawing on self-defence, acrobatics, dance and music. They were very ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2021

Macmillan Fundraiser 2021

Thank you so much to the parents/carers who donated cakes, and/or provided their children with money, for our Macmillan cake sale.  We raised £360.80 for this wonderful charity. Absolutely brilliant - thank you. ... (click to read more)

06 Sep 2021

House Captains

Congratulations to Luke in Class 10 who has been nominated as this year’s School Council President by the pupils at Orchard. He will be supported by Macie, Vice-President, from Class 9. ... (click to read more)

06 Sep 2021

Thank You - Available Car Donation

We’d like to say a huge thank you to ‘Available Car’ and their CEO Michael Bell, for their very generous donation of £526 towards books for all year groups. Thanks to this additional funding, we have been able to purchase some beautiful new reading books to promote a love ... (click to read more)

30 Aug 2021

Autumn A Inspiration Days

Our Y5 and 6 pupils have set the bar exceptionally high in terms of their behaviour and attitude and are already proving to be excellent role-models for our younger pupils. They have been fully immersed in their new topic, ‘Keeping Healthy’, performing a dissection on a pig’s heart as ... (click to read more)

30 Aug 2021

We love our Superheroes!

Our Superheroes topic is proving to be very popular with our KS1 children, who have been learning all about ‘character’ and their special skills and talents. They’ve also been listening to a range of brilliant stories including Supertato! They had a fabulous Inspiration Day, dressing up as their favourite ... (click to read more)

27 Aug 2021

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the new school year. On behalf of all of the staff at Orchard Primary, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all new children and their families as well as to our new staff. The start to the new school year has gone exceptionally ... (click to read more)

13 Jul 2021

Everyone's Welcome

Your children are amazing! Staff have been blown away by how engaged pupils have been with the new RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) lessons, which have included activities from the Everyone’s Welcome programme. The children have loved the thought-provoking stories, have shown a huge amount of understanding, respect and interest, ... (click to read more)

12 Jul 2021

Year 5/6 Enterprise Scheme

As part of ’My Money’ week, a national activity week for schools designed to raise awareness of the importance of financial education and get children and young people excited about money matters, our Y5/6 pupils organised their own Enterprise Scheme. From a £1 loan, they have grown their profits thanks ... (click to read more)

12 Jul 2021

Sporting News

Congratulations to pupils who participated in the recent Cross Country Championships organised by Charnwood Sports Partnership. Their conduct and performances were superb. Thank you very much to Mrs Godsell , Mr Patching (who will be leading PE next year) and the parents who supported their children. ... (click to read more)

07 Jul 2021

It’s Coming Home – hopefully!

We were delighted to welcome BBC East Midlands Today to film our special football theme day, in honour of the hotly anticipated Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark! Pupils took part in ‘Monster Football’ (three different activities to test their ball skills and agility!), created collages and flags, and undertook lots ... (click to read more)

05 Jul 2021

School Clubs

It has been wonderful to see clubs up and running again. Pupils have had a super time, and with a good variety of clubs on offer, there has been a lot of great learning taking place. Thanks to staff for leading these activities. ... (click to read more)

01 Jul 2021

Parent Governors 2021

I am delighted to welcome a number of parents onto the school’s Governing Body. Mrs Sarah Corton will continue in her role as associate governor, but will be joined by two new parent governors, Mr Luke Green and Mrs Rachel Bunney.  We have a very strong board of Governors who, ... (click to read more)

04 Jun 2021

Well Done Kids!

As we come to the end of  half-term, I would like to praise our children for being exceptional on their return to school. We have been so very impressed by their positive attitudes, their excellent conduct and huge enthusiasm for learning. Pupils have had a wonderful time reconnecting with ... (click to read more)

28 May 2021

Rainbow Bounce - Friday 28th May

Thank you to the PTA for organising the sponsored Rainbow Bounce. Pupils had a great time in their rainbow colours and the weather was fab! ... (click to read more)

24 May 2021

Kids’ Cinema Night – 20th & 21st May

A film in your class bubble, popcorn and chilling with your friends – what’s not to love! A lovely evening was had by all. ... (click to read more)

12 Apr 2021

Easter Raffle 2021

Thank you to Mrs Daft for organising a fantastic Easter raffle. Thanks also to all of the local businesses that donated chocolate! We were inundated with items, which was absolutely fantastic. £674 was raised, which will go towards whole school enrichment events. Brilliant – thank you!  ... (click to read more)

19 Mar 2021

Comic Relief 2021

Thank you to parents and pupils who donated money for the Red Nose Day appeal. The pupils looked fantastic wearing their rainbow of clothing items in honour of NHS staff and as a symbol of hope. In total, the school raised £285 - well done everyone. ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2021

NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!

From 8th – 12th February, as part of the Leicester-shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) Miles More Together challenge, LRS staff and Castle Donington community members Geoff Maltby and Luke Green ran around the streets of Donington, collecting donations of food or household products left out by generous residents. These ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2021

Sport News Awards 2021

As a Platinum Kitemark school for school sport, we have maintained our close relationships with Leicestershire and Rutland Sport to ensure that children have been given opportunities to participate in a range of sporting initiatives during lockdown 3 to develop confidence, improve fitness and self-esteem and encourage good mental ... (click to read more)

12 Feb 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021

On Tuesday 9th February we joined schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2021.. Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety ... (click to read more)

08 Feb 2021

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Between 3rd - 5th February 2021, pupils at Orchard joined in with the Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, following the theme of ‘Express Yourself’. Adapting resources for remote learning, pupils took part in a number of discussions and activities exploring ways to express ourselves in a healthy way. To launch ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 2021

School Closed Monday 25th January 2021

Due to heavy snowfall and treacherous conditions on both roads and pathways, for the safety of staff, parents and pupils, Orchard Primary School will not be open today – Monday 25th January 2021. The decision to close school is not taken lightly and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Remote ... (click to read more)

04 Jan 2021

School closed from 5th January 2021

Following the government announcement at 8pm on 4th January, school will be closed with immediate effect. Please do not send children to school on 5th Janaury. Further information will be sent via email as soon as possible tonight. Staff are currently working to make arrangements but have had no prior ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2020

Christmas Jumper Day/Christmas Dinner Day

The midday supervisors and kitchen staff made lunchtime very special for the pupils - thanks to them for their hard work. We also had a number of splendid outfits on show! ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2020

Christmas Enterprise Scheme

Well done to pupils in Years 5 and 6 for raising £172 for school funds through the sale of their Christmas ‘goodies’. The children (and staff!) worked exceptionally hard during the week to make and bake a range of items which included hot chocolate reindeer cones, ginger-bread biscuits, reindeer food ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2020

Reading for Pleasure

We really understand that families are very busy and that time can be limited, but if you can only do one thing to support your child this holiday, please make it reading with and to them. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, as well as the Parish Council, ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2020

Chocolate raffle

Thank you to Mrs Daft for organising a fantastic chocolate raffle. We raised over £240, which will go towards whole school enrichment events.  ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2020

Mr Morant - Activity Hero Award Winner

We are delighted that Mr Morant’s hard work in supporting the school during the pandemic by running sporting events in the Spring and Summer Terms has been recognised. We nominated him for the Activity Hero Award for North West Leicestershire and he has won first place! Well done Mr ... (click to read more)

10 Dec 2020

Food Bank Update

I can’t begin to express what your contributions towards our Food Bank Scheme mean to the School. We have had a wonderful response overall; all food items, vouchers and monetary contributions will go to extremely good use. The Covid pandemic has become such a burden to families but your ... (click to read more)

10 Dec 2020

Pantomime Afternoon

We really hope that the children enjoyed their virtual pantomime experience.  If you haven’t seen them    already, the following Disney shows are super: Disney’s Aladdin – A musical spectacular (Hyperion Theatre USA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-gLbgpzCc8  Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgL3vp8bEK0  ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2020

Daisy does Children in Need on Style!

A massive ‘well done’ to Daisy, who despite isolating at home, managed to raise over £135 for Children in Need by completing a sponsored Maths Day! We are so proud of her. ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2020

Christmas Crafts

If you don’t like glitter, then you’re in the wrong place this week, as we all got a bit crafty! The children had a lovely time making cards and calendars. ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2020

Sporting News (December 2020)

Orchard have been very busy leading the field in our area for virtual sport this term. Although it has been very different to our usual competition format, we have taken part in a number of North Charnwood virtual competitions throughout the school. Key Stage 2 have competed in the Sports ... (click to read more)

13 Nov 2020

Children In Need 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Spots & Stripes’ day for the BBC’s Children In Need  appeal on Friday 13th November 2020. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2020

School Food Bank

Our school food bank initiative has been launched! Thank you so much to those parents who have already offered support via their workplace, either through the donation of items by certain well-known food companies or through the gifting of supermarket vouchers. Pupils are invited to wear non-uniform on Thursday 19th ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2020

Royal British Legion Fundraising

Thank you to all those pupils and parents who purchased poppy related products from the Royal British Legion collection. We raised a total of £275. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2020

Remembrance Day Activities

To acknowledge Remembrance Day, pupils took part in a variety of special activities based on gratitude, hope and remembrance. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2020

Halloween Theme Day

A spookily good day was had by all as pupils took part in a special cross-curricular theme day. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2020

Well Done Charlie!

We are exceptionally proud of Charley in Class 1 for her incredible fundraising achievements. Charley had 9 inches cut off her hair and donated it to the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to medical issues. She also raised £600 ... (click to read more)

09 Oct 2020

Bonfire Night Menu

We are having a special Bonfire night menu on Thursday 5th November. (Link to menu: Bonfire Menu.pdf) Please note this is a change to the advertised menu. If you have already booked your child's lunch, please edit and make a selection from the special menu. It is on eduspot now. ... (click to read more)

09 Oct 2020

Leicestershire County Council Competition Winner

We’re pleased to announce that Orchard Community Primary School has had a winning entry in Leicestershire County Council’s Name the Recycling Lorries competition. They received 300+ entries from schools across North West Leicestershire. After careful judging, Alfie’s entry ‘Bindiana Jones’ was one of their winning names! The winning name ... (click to read more)

02 Oct 2020

Super Kitchen Team

We just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ to our super kitchen team for all of their hard work since school opened fully in September.  The fish and chip lunch service yesterday was absolutely fantastic, and they have helped out so much with ensuring that pack ups are ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly

On September 28th, pupils across the school joined in the ‘Big Anti-Bullying Assembly’, sponsored by The Diana Award and Nationwide Building Society. Via a virtual assembly, pupils were reminded about the need for mutual respect in our school and communities. Together, we pledged to put an end to bullying, to ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2020

School Council and House Captain Election Results

After some superb public speaking in their video ‘hustings’ by our Y6 ‘candidates’, pupils from Y2 onwards have elected their new School Council President. All pupils impressed us with their confidence and pledges, but it was Austyn who was elected President, followed by Daisy who will be the Vice-President. ... (click to read more)

25 Sep 2020

Orchard Superstars!

We couldn’t be more proud of the children this half-term and have nothing but praise for how quickly pupils have ‘bounced back’ on their return to school. We are especially impressed with our new starters in EYFS! Children across the whole school are showing amazing resilience, a positive attitude and ... (click to read more)

27 Aug 2020

Re-furbished EYFS unit

We’re can’t wait to welcome our new Reception children into school full-time, following their Stay and Play transition sessions. They will be based in our newly re-furbished EYFS unit which looks fantastic! ... (click to read more)

26 Aug 2020

We’re all back!

It has been wonderful to have all of the children back in school today. Pupils have been ecstatic to play with their friends again, have settled quickly into new routines and procedures and have returned to school with exceptionally positive attitudes towards their learning. We are incredibly proud of them. ... (click to read more)

26 Aug 2020

Visit from BBC East Midlands Today

In addition to another interview with Radio Derby and Mr P, Mrs Shields had the pleasure of welcoming Helen Astle from BBC East Midlands into school to film our return to school. She spoke to a number of pupils, as well as staff, about how re-opening had gone so far, ... (click to read more)

02 Jul 2020

The Marquees are up and the TV crews are in!

As well as Mr P’s interview on Radio Derby, a feature in the Derby Telegraph and a picture in The Sun, we were delighted to welcome Central News to Orchard this morning to film our Y6 children in their marquees (otherwise known as ‘The Bake Off Tents’!) This now ... (click to read more)

08 Jun 2020

Outdoor Area Refurbishment

Some exciting news ... During the last few weeks, we have been busy improving the woodland area, so that pupils will be able to participate in lost of exciting outdoor learning activies. Thanks to the PTA, and your support with fundraising, we were able to purchase many lovely new items, including ... (click to read more)

20 May 2020

Orchard PTA Pupil video

Thank you so much Orchard PTA and all children and families involved. We miss each and every one of our pupils too! Sending love to you all. Stay safe everyone x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97-zYiQ2Cy4&feature=youtu.be ... (click to read more)

16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Update

Due to the Coronavirus, a number of School events have been affected, please below: Mothers Day Team PTA event has been cancelled, refunds will be issued by the PTA as soon as possible but this will take some time to organise, please bear with us. School disco has been cancelled, again, ... (click to read more)

06 Mar 2020

KS1 World Book Day

Another fantastic World Book Day was held by all!  The children looked wonderful in their costumes and KS1 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their special assembly as well as book themed activities completed back in class.  Thank you parents for all of your support with this special day and for sharing ... (click to read more)

06 Mar 2020

PTA - Special Thank You

Thank you to the PTA for providing the refreshments for Film Night and for funding a set of sanitiser pumps for every class.  Huge thanks also to the PTA for providing the funding to purchase new outdoor furniture such as log seats, benches, willow dens as well as bulbs, plants and ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2020

Music Update

Miss Brown and Miss Farrar will be teaching Boom Whackers to all of Year 5 during the Summer Term.  Watch this space! We are very proud of our school choir who took part in this year’s Rotary Club Music Festival. A huge well done to you all for your fabulous ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2020

Spring Term 1 - Outcome Events

We ended the last half-term with a real bang, with all classes celebrating their outcome events on the last day. KS1 invited their parents on board the Titanic to perform a couple of waltzes before showing off their fabulous topic work back in class. This included some lovely Inukshuk artwork. Lower ... (click to read more)

02 Mar 2020

Spring Term 2 - Inspiration Days

Inspiration Days to launch new topics have also been amazing for Spring Term 2. Pupils in Classes 7,8 and 9 were genuinely terrified of their exceptionally strict teachers as they experienced life in a Victorian school. The Romans invaded Classes 4,5 and 6 for the day, with pupils making helmets or ... (click to read more)

10 Feb 2020

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch & Eco Club

Mrs McGravie braved a very cold and wet afternoon, along with various groups of pupils, to undertake the 2020 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. They had a great time completing the survey. Thanks also to our ECO Club for litter picking every week. They are working really hard to ensure that ... (click to read more)

10 Feb 2020

Children's Mental Health Week

Between 3rd-7th February, pupils took part in a number of activities to promote Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was Find your Brave. Pupils learnt about how life is all about taking small brave steps every day, and that bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help ... (click to read more)

05 Feb 2020

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was celebrated globally on the 4th February 2020 with the theme: Together for a better internet. At Orchard, we used it as a great opportunity to spark a conversation about the safe and responsible use of technology, and to inspire pupils to create a better internet ... (click to read more)

20 Jan 2020

World Religion Day

We are very big on tolerance, harmony and respect at Orchard and so wanted to celebrate World Religion Day on 17th January in style! Through a variety of activities, pupils were encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different beliefs have, and to explore some of the key beliefs and practices ... (click to read more)

20 Jan 2020

Staffing Update

We are delighted to welcome a new school cook to the Orchard Team, Mrs Sandars. She has already been working with Mrs Valentine and Mrs Beswick since January on some amazing improvements in the school kitchen, including freshly baked pink beetroot bread and lemon cake. The pupils are loving ... (click to read more)

20 Dec 2019

Hobgoblin Theatre Company

As you know, we always like the end of our topics to have the ‘wow’ factor! Year 3 and 4 were not only treated to a performance of ‘The Mummy’s Curse’, performed by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company, but also then participated in a drama workshop themselves to explore Ancient Egypt ... (click to read more)

20 Dec 2019

Upper KS2 Christmas Enterprise Scheme

Our amazing Year 5 and 6 pupils raised £148 through selling items that they had created. From sewn soft toys to reindeer food, there was a lot of enterprise and creativity on show. The money will go into School Council funds. Well done all! ... (click to read more)

20 Dec 2019

Food Bank

Thank you to all those parents/families who have donated items to our collection for the Long Eaton and Sawley Food Bank. Your generosity is very much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

19 Dec 2019

Chocolate Raffle

Thank you to Mrs Daft for organising a fantastic chocolate raffle. We raised £150, which will go towards whole school enrichment events.  ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2019

Christmas Lunch/Christmas Outfit Day

The kitchen staff made lunchtime very special for the pupils - thanks to them for their hard work. Thanks  also to the MDS and breakfast club for making the lovely table  decorations. We had a number of splendid jumpers on show and had a super time singing  away to Last ... (click to read more)

17 Dec 2019

EYFS Nativity

We were astonished at the level of confidence displayed by our super EYFS pupils during their wonderful performance of The Nativity.  They were absolutely brilliant. Very well done all! ... (click to read more)

16 Dec 2019

Christmas Carol Service

Thank you so much for your positive comments regarding the Carol Service, which featured some beautiful singing by the whole school and some super poetry recitals.   ... (click to read more)

16 Dec 2019

Carol Singing

Thank you to Miss Brown, Miss Farrar, Mrs Mycroft and Mrs Daft for accompanying choir as they sang carols around the village. It was a very wet evening, but their spirits weren’t dampened! The hot chocolate certainly helped to warm them up! Thanks also to the parents who joined ... (click to read more)

13 Dec 2019

Key Stage 1 Performance

A massive well done to Classes 1,2 and 3 for working so exceptionally hard on their Christmas Production, ‘Lights, Camel, Action.’ The standard of singing, dancing and acting was once again extremely high, and the performance was a joy to watch. The Staff and I were exceptionally proud of our wonderful ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2019

Children in Need

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Spots & Stripes’ day for the BBC’s Children In Need appeal on Friday 15th November, and to School Council and Mrs Parker for organising the day. ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2019

Anti-Bullying Week

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week, pupils took part in a number of special anti-bullying/kindness activities during a special theme day on 12th November. To join in with the National Anti-bullying Alliance campaign, pupils wore their ’Odd Socks’ in order to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. ... (click to read more)

11 Nov 2019

Poppy Collection

Thank you to all those pupils and parents who purchased poppies and poppy related items for the Royal British Legion collection. ... (click to read more)

01 Nov 2019

Halloween Disco

The PTA’s Halloween Disco proved to be a huge success, with all those attending looking spookily good in their wonderful costumes! Thank you so much to the parents and staff who helped out on the night - it was very much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

31 Oct 2019

Y5 Residential Visit to Whitehall

Year 5 pupils had a wonderful time at Whitehall and returned to school exhausted, but full of excitement about the amazing activities they had participated in during their 3 day residential. Thank you so much to the staff who accompanied the children. It was very much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

29 Oct 2019

E-Safety Day

To promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, pupils participated in a special e-safety discovery day on 29th October, launched by an assembly led by Mr Patching and followed up with a number of practical sessions. A reminder that our E-Safety Parental Support Booklet, which contains lots of ... (click to read more)

28 Oct 2019

Keeping Safe at Halloween and around Fireworks Assembly

PCSO Suffolk and members of Donington Fire Service visited school to present an assembly about considerate behaviour on Halloween night, and how to stay safe around fireworks. ... (click to read more)

24 Oct 2019

Dogs Trust Assembly & Workshop

Sarah Saunders, from Loughborough Dogs Trust, led a special assembly to educate pupils about responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs,  encouraging pupils to consider scenarios they may find themselves in at home with their pets, as well as dogs they may encounter whilst out and about. The assembly was ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2019

Y5 Outdoor Learning Morning

Pupils in Y5 had a wonderful time at Nottingham Trent University as they undertook a variety of outdoor learning experiences.  ... (click to read more)

21 Oct 2019

WW2 Day at Beaumanor Hall

Did you know that during World War II, Beaumanor Hall was instrumental in the effort  to break the German Enigma code? No, neither did we, so it was no wonder that pupils in Classes 7,8 and 9 had a fantastic Inspiration Day as they were transported back as evacuees ... (click to read more)

10 Oct 2019

Music Award

We are delighted to have once again been awarded Leicestershire Music Hub’s Music Mark in recognition of the value we place on music and our commitment to providing high-quality music education for our pupils. ... (click to read more)

10 Oct 2019

Donington Dynamo Gifted and Talented Art Workshop

Very well done to the pupils who took part in a Dynamos Art Workshop with Mrs Shields. After studying the artwork of American artist Jim Dine, pupils created their own heart inspired masterpieces. They did a fantastic job replicating this style of Pop Art. ... (click to read more)

10 Oct 2019

Book Fair

Thank you to all those parents who purchased at the Book Fair. It was much appreciated. Thanks also to Mrs Farrar for running the Book Fair so efficiently. We sold just over £800 worth of books, and will now be able to order £200 worth of books on commission. ... (click to read more)

07 Oct 2019

Fire Service Visit

Pupils in KS1 were treated to an amazing visit by officers from the Castle Donington Fire and Rescue Station, who talked to pupils about fire safety, and gave them a tour of their fire engine. It was a wonderful way for pupils to learn about the role of these ... (click to read more)

07 Oct 2019

Pupil Leadership Council

Recent elections have resulted in Lily being voted President of the School Council, and Mitchell Vice  President.  School Council members have also been elected and are due to have their first meeting this week. Additionally, House Captains have been elected. Congratulations to the following pupils: Rosie and Jakob (McLeans); Didac ... (click to read more)

07 Oct 2019

Hot Chocolate Friday

Hot Chocolate Friday is once again, up and running, with each class teacher nominating a child from their class who has gone ‘over and above’ in terms of demonstrating our school values during the week to share a drink and a chat  together, with Mrs Shields. It’s an opportunity to ... (click to read more)

04 Oct 2019

PTA News

Thank you so much to the PTA for funding a new tyre park on the school field. Pupils absolutely love it! Thanks also for funding new sports kit for teams entering out of school competitions. The footballers and cross-country athletes looked fantastic! Through sales of ice-pops and Film Night places, ... (click to read more)

04 Oct 2019

Food Bank Donations

Thank you so much to parents/carers who donated items for the Sawley and Long Eaton Food Bank as part of our Harvest collection. Your generosity is much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

30 Sep 2019

Harvest Festival

For those parents/carers and grandparents who were able to join us at the Methodist Church on Friday, we really hope that you enjoyed our special Harvest  Assembly. I’m sure that you will agree that our pupils did a super job and that the singing was lovely. Thank you also, ... (click to read more)

27 Sep 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you so much to the parents/visitors who attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning. We also very much appreciated the help from those who donated cakes or sent their children in with money to spend. Thanks to the very persuasive sales techniques of some our fantastic Y6 School Council members, we were ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2019

First Aid Training

Huge thanks to Mrs Baker who came into school to teach the pupils about basic First Aid, including CPR, and how to phone 999 in an emergency. The children had a fantastic session and learned some very important life skills. They especially enjoyed wrapping Mrs Horsfall up in bandages! ... (click to read more)

23 Sep 2019

Police Visit

We were delighted to welcome PC Walker and PC Benson from Leicestershire Police Constabulary who visited Orchard to educate the children in Classes 1, 2 and 3 about the work of the police. After the talk, the children had to opportunity to ask the officers some questions, and were ... (click to read more)

23 Sep 2019

Football Success

Congratulations to the Y5 and 6 boys’ and girls’ teams who represented the school in the recent Charnwood Football Tournaments. Our six squads experienced a range of successes, including a number of 3rd places, and played with good team spirit. We are exceptionally proud of the children for their ... (click to read more)

23 Sep 2019

New Intake Visit Morning (2019-20)

The School welcomes you to take a tour and an opportunity to ask questions about your child beginning in 2020!   ... (click to read more)

18 Sep 2019

Happy Lunchtimes

We were delighted to be able to welcome Steve Harris to the school this week to undertake some training with a number of staff on how to further improve lunchtime provision. He had some fantastic ideas which we will be putting into action immediately. The button stacking challenge proved ... (click to read more)

18 Sep 2019

Competition is go!

Congratulations to our new Year 6 House Captains, who were elected by their team on Friday. House Competition team points are now up for grabs – who will be the first team to lift the trophy in this week’s assembly? ... (click to read more)

17 Sep 2019

Real Life Hero!

Pupils in KS1 were treated to a fantastic afternoon learning about the incredible work done by the Ambulance Service. Mr Woolley spoke to pupils all about his role as a Paramedic and invited them into his ambulance to have a look at the life saving equipment on board. He ... (click to read more)

17 Sep 2019

Superheroes to the Rescue!

Our Superheroes topic is proving to be very popular with our KS1 children, who have been learning all about their ‘character’, and listening to a range of brilliant stories including Supertato! They had a fabulous Inspiration Day, dressing up as their favourite superhero. Don’t forget to check out Class Dojo ... (click to read more)

16 Sep 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new school year. On behalf of all of the staff at Orchard Primary, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all new children and their families as well as to our new staff. The start to the new school year has gone exceptionally ... (click to read more)

11 Jul 2019

Animal Magic

Pupils in the Foundation Stage and Classes 4,5 and 6 had a fantastic time learning about a range of   jungle animals during a visit from ‘Animal Magic’. They got to handle a number of amazing creatures  and study them close up … a super outcome event from their topics. ... (click to read more)

09 Jul 2019

County School Games at Uppingham

Congratulations to all those pupils who represented the school in the County School Games at Uppingham. It was a fantastic day and we are so proud of the efforts of these children. We were 1st in the County Champions Y3/4 Tri-Golf tournament and 3rd in the County in the Y5/6 ... (click to read more)

08 Jul 2019

Enterprise Scheme

Congratulations to Year 6 pupils for running a fantastic Enterprise morning at the end of June. They raised  just under £450 by ‘growing’ their £1 loans. We were blown away by their high levels of creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. Well done to Wheatcroft House who raised the most ... (click to read more)

05 Jul 2019

Let Loose!

Well done to pupils in Y5 & 6, as well as upper Key Stage 2 staff , for their hard work in putting on a superb performance of ‘Let Loose’. The shows were a joy to watch. ... (click to read more)

02 Jul 2019

Sporting News

Congratulations to pupils who participated in the Y5/6 Cricket Championships. Their conduct and performances were superb, with the team winning a Silver Medal. Thank you very much to Mrs Godsell and the parents who supported or transported the children.   ... (click to read more)

02 Jul 2019

Thank You!

We are exceptionally grateful to Redrow Houses for their very generous donation to the school of a  hedgehog house, which was  received by members of the School Council. We would also like to say ‘Thank You’ to Miller Homes, who donated the defibrillator, and met with School Council to formally ... (click to read more)

01 Jul 2019

Curriculum Updates

There’s a bit of a wildlife theme going on in school at the moment, with pupils in Classes 4,5 and 6  exploring the Rainforest, Class 2 pupils exploring a ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and Foundation Stage and Class 1 pupils exploring mini-beasts. Classes 7,8 and 9 are having ‘Fun at ... (click to read more)

21 Jun 2019

Sports Day

Congratulations to Redgate House who won Sports Day and to McLeans who won Spirit of the Games. ... (click to read more)

20 Jun 2019

Practice School Performance Let Loose

For all students that need to practice the School Performance Songs for 'Let Loose!', please click on the links below (the lyrics will be displayed once you start listening to the music): Link: 1. Let Loose  Link: 2.Peace And Quiet Link: 3. Bus Driver Blues Link: 4. Roll Up, Roll Up Link: 5. Toffington College Link: 6. Let's Build A ... (click to read more)

15 Jun 2019

Marvellous Maths Day & Times Table-Athon

As well as undertaking a Time Table A Thon, which was won by Redgate House,  pupils took part in a range of problem solving and reasoning tasks during Marvellous Maths Day, to celebrate all the wonderful Maths learning taking place at Orchard and to promote a positive mathematical culture ... (click to read more)

10 Jun 2019

Superhero Me Day

Pow! Wham! Super Hero Me Learning Day was …well, super! Dressed as superhero   learners, pupils enthusiastically took part in a range of carousel activities to enable them to explore ‘character’ and the important  qualities that make a ‘Super Learner!’ Pupils were involved in a variety of activities that were designed to enhance their confidence, sense of ... (click to read more)

03 Jun 2019

House Competitions Week

We don’t like to do ‘low key’ so we thought we’d end a rather hectic half-term with an even more hectic (first ever) House Competitions Week! All pupils took part in a variety of sporting and topic themed activities, earning points for their team (Coppice, McLeans, Wheatcroft & Redgate). The ‘Ultimate Scavenger ... (click to read more)

12 Apr 2019

Viking Invasion

As part of their ‘Vicious Viking’ Celebration Day, pupils in Classes 4,5 and 6 were put to the test to see if any of them would make worthy Viking Warriors! Dressed as Vikings themselves, pupils tested out some weapons and armour, made Viking jewellery, baked a Viking loaf, made ... (click to read more)

12 Apr 2019

The Bikeability 'L' Plates Are Off!

Congratulations to those pupils in Year 5 who successfully passed their Level 1 and 2 Bikeability training in April. We were very proud of their achievements, and especially pleased that the trainers made reference to their superb behaviour and listening skills! In fact, they told us that they were ... (click to read more)

11 Apr 2019

A Massive Thank You

We are exceptionally grateful to the Winvic Construction Team currently based in Castle Donington for their very generous donation to the school of both their time and resources … putting up sheds, building a new fence, donating gravel for the gardening area, providing  ‘mini-builders’ construction equipment for pupils in ... (click to read more)

09 Apr 2019

Chocolate Raffle

Tickets for the chocolate raffle sold ‘eggstremely’ well and a total of £220 was raised for school funds. We had over 70 winners this year! Wards Skips very kindly donated 30 Easter Eggs acquired through Thorntons - the generosity of both companies was very much appreciated. The remainder were donated ... (click to read more)

09 Apr 2019

Aeropark Visit

To round off their ‘Adventure is Out There’ topic,  pupils in Key Stage 1 visited Donington’s Aeropark to study the preserved planes of yesteryear and watch the modern airliners of today taking-off and landing at the passenger and cargo airport. They had a wonderful time exploring the planes ‘up-close’ (the ... (click to read more)

08 Apr 2019

The Great Orchard Spring Clean

Thank you to those staff, parents and grandparents who gave up their Saturday to tidy up the school grounds. The makeover included a lot of sweeping of leaves (!), weeding and general repair work. We can’t thank the volunteers enough - their hard work was really appreciated and the grounds ... (click to read more)

01 Apr 2019

Bouncing Bunnies

Thank you to the PTA for running ‘Bouncing Bunnies’. The winners from each class will each receive an Easter Egg! ... (click to read more)

29 Mar 2019

Comic Relief

Thank you to parents and pupils who donated cakes for the Red Nose Day appeal. The School Council organised the sale brilliantly, and together with none uniform contributions, the school raised £340.50 for Comic Relief. ... (click to read more)

28 Mar 2019

Outdoor Learning Event at Nottingham Trent University

Pupils in Y5 had a wonderful time at Nottingham Trent University as they undertook a variety of outdoor learning experiences. ... (click to read more)

26 Mar 2019

Mother’s Day Thank You Afternoon

It was lovely to see so many mums, grandmas and other special family members in school for our special ‘Mother’s Day Thank You’ afternoon, organised by the PTA. We really hope you enjoyed the refreshments on offer. ... (click to read more)

25 Mar 2019

Year 3 Residential to Beaumanor Hall

Year pupils had a wonderful time on their residential visit to Beaumanor Hall and returned to school absolutely buzzing about the amazing activities they had participated in. Thank you so much to the staff who accompanied the children for the two days. It was much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

24 Mar 2019

Rolls Royce Design Challenge

Twelve pupils from Orchard were joined by teams from Shardlow and Weston on Trent Primary School to undertake an exceptionally challenging design project set by volunteers from Rolls Royce. Taking place at the weekend, pupils were set the task of creating a boat lift that would carry a number ... (click to read more)

18 Mar 2019

Donington Dynamos

Well done to all of the pupils who took part in the Donington Dynamos session for budding writers. Pupils produced some beautiful poems inspired by Miroslav Holob’s ’The Door’. ... (click to read more)

18 Mar 2019

Spellathon

Congratulations to Coppice House Team for winning the Spellathon. They will be treated to a special Golden Afternoon in the Summer Term as a reward. The results were as follows:  Coppice 1791 points; Redgate 1752 points; McLeans 1742 points; Wheatcroft 1677 points. Well done all. Thank you to those ... (click to read more)

18 Mar 2019

Sports News

The Ivanhoe Challenge proved to be a great day for Orchard pupils, as did the cross-country event at Grace Dieu where the school achieved first place in the girls’ event. The cross-country team also took part in the regional qualifiers held at Charnwood College where eight of our runners qualified ... (click to read more)

15 Mar 2019

Film Night

Thank you to the PTA for providing the refreshments for Film Night. It proved to be a huge success, with over £400 being raised by the PTA from this event. ... (click to read more)

14 Mar 2019

Literacy Week

Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities and special events on offer during our fantastic Literacy Week. From Drop Everything And Read sessions, to storytelling; an author visit to ‘Shelfies’; Buddy Reading in PJs to ’Extreme Reading’, and of course, ‘The Great Orchard Book Swap’. There really was ... (click to read more)

14 Mar 2019

World Book Day

Another fantastic World Book Day was had by all! The children looked wonderful in their costumes and KS1 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their special assembly as well as book themed activities completed back in class. Thank you parents for all of your support with this special day. ... (click to read more)

11 Mar 2019

Rotary Club Music Festival

We are very proud of our school choir who, after winning the choir section of this year’s Rotary Club Music Festival, performed at the Methodist Church on Saturday 9th March. A huge well done to you all for your fabulous performance. It was a perfect example of how special ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2019

Children in Years 5 & 6 Become Greeks For The Day!

Children in Years 5 & 6 have enjoyed an Ancient-Greece inspired day, complete with a Greek banquet and mini-olympics. A wonderful way to end what has been a fantastic topic! ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2019

Show Choir Sing to Victory!

Congratulations to our school choir who won the choir section of this year’s Rotary Club Music Festival this morning. We couldn’t be more proud of your dedication, teamwork and enthusiasm. A huge 'well done' to you all! ... (click to read more)

25 Feb 2019

Activity Passport

The Education Secretary has launched a new “passport” of activities for Primary school children to challenge them to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map to encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience. Activities are split into year groups and ... (click to read more)

25 Feb 2019

Keeping Safe Week (4th - 8th February)

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, which is celebrated globally in February each year, pupils took part in a range of activities to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology. In a special assembly, Mr     Patching highlighted the positive uses of technology and encouraged pupils to explore the ... (click to read more)

25 Feb 2019

Sporting New - Spring Term A

A group of Y2 pupils had a super time at the Charnwood Schools Multi-Skills Festival where they had their very first opportunity to take part in an exciting, off-site sports festival. The festival focused on pupils doing their personal best, and having fun, whilst working with pupils from other schools.  We ... (click to read more)

25 Feb 2019

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Mrs McGravie braved a very cold and wet afternoon, along with various groups of pupils, to undertake the 2019 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. They had a great time completing the survey and have concluded that there are a lot of pigeons living in Castle Donington! ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2019

Bricks for Kidz Lego Club

The Lego Workshop is proving to be a huge success, with pupils making some outstanding electronic models. Moreover, their excellent attitudes, enthusiasm and good behaviour has been positively commented on by the club’s leader. Well done kids! ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2019

Inspiration Days

As you know, we always like the start of our topics to have the ‘wow’ factor! To launch their ‘Once Upon A Time’ topic, Classes 1 and 2 arrived in school to find a mysterious box in their classroom, filled with lost objects from the Fairy Tale World…  They certainly had ... (click to read more)

11 Jan 2019

Greek Day

Children in Years 5 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed their Groovy Greeks inspiration day on the 10th January with a superb workshop led by Portals to the Past. There was lots of learning and fun, complete with an Ancient Greek quiz, a mini Olympic Games and an exciting re-enactment involving ... (click to read more)

21 Dec 2018

PA Christmas Family Night

Thank you to all of those parents who supported the Christmas Family Night, either by sending in donations for raffle or tombola prizes, or by attending the event on the Friday. A huge thank you to the school’s wonderful PA group for all of their hard work and excellent ... (click to read more)

21 Dec 2018

Christmas Carol Service

Thank you so much for your positive comments regarding the Carol Service, which featured some beautiful singing by the whole school and a super performance by the choir and clarinet group. (Weren’t they all fabulous!) It was lovely to be able to perform in St. Edward’s Church in front of ... (click to read more)

21 Dec 2018

Class 8 and 9 Assembly was out of this world!

Thank you to the pupils and staff for all of their hard work in putting on a wonderful ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ assembly to celebrate the end of their Autumn Term topic. It was an outstanding performance with some superb singing, dancing and acting. ... (click to read more)

21 Dec 2018

Polar Explorer Workshop

To celebrate the end of their topic all about Planet Earth, pupils in classes 4,5 and 6 took part in a special Polar Explorer workshop, delivered by Dale, a friend of Mrs Sheldon. A real-life explorer himself, Dale kept the children (and staff) utterly enthralled with his stories based on ... (click to read more)

11 Dec 2018

Christmas Cheer

Thank you for those pupils and parents who took part in the Christmas Cheer event in the village. It was a super evening, and our children, as ever, sang beautifully. ... (click to read more)

10 Dec 2018

Midday Supervisor Vacancies at Orchard

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10 Dec 2018

Wow! Christmas Just Got Real

Thank you to Keith and the SOAR team who ran a special Christmas assembly, followed by a series of art and craft workshops for Classes 4,5 and 6, based on the Nativity. ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2018

Donington Dynamo Gifted and Talented Workshops

Thank you to Wayne for leading a Donington Dynamos session for our budding sports stars. Pupils had a great afternoon taking part in circuit training, designed to target strength building and muscular endurance. Very well done also to the pupils who took part in a Dynamos Art Workshop with Mrs ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2018

Cross-County Sporting News

We are so proud of all the children who have taken part in the recent tri-golf tournaments. Both the Y3/4 and Y5/6 teams came in first place! Moreover our pupils’ behaviour was exemplary and they took part with wonderful team spirit. The teams will now go forward to represent Charnwood ... (click to read more)

07 Dec 2018

Archery Taster Session

Pupils in Class 3 had a wonderful archery taster session with Danny from Premier Sport to enhance the work undertaken in their Creative Curriculum topic ’Once Upon A Time’. They did Robin Hood proud!   ... (click to read more)

06 Dec 2018

OPS Radio is up and running

The newly refurbished radio room was christened with a wonderful interview with Jonathan Meres, author of the ‘World of Norm’ books. The OPS Radio Team researched some super questions to ask their special visitor, and the interview went brilliantly. The official opening then took place a week later, when ... (click to read more)

26 Nov 2018

An Awesome Day of Learning

To remind pupils of the importance we place on developing ‘character’, the school ran a special Character Education Discovery Day. Working in mixed aged groups, pupils took part in a range of activities to develop their skills and personal attributes across several fantastic learning zones including: The Hut of Happiness (Happiness ... (click to read more)

26 Nov 2018

School Choir

We were exceptionally proud of the School Choir, who visited the Church Hall last week to sing to some very special ladies and gentlemen, including Laura, who was 100 years old. As well as singing some modern songs, pupils ended with a real favourite, ‘We’ll Meet Again’. ... (click to read more)

25 Nov 2018

Author Visit

We were delighted to welcome local author Rachel Greaves into assembly to perform some of her exciting new children’s stories using puppets and props. Rachel is well known for writing and illustrating a series of books about an Airedale Terrier called Ruffle and his adventures on a steam railway. ... (click to read more)

24 Nov 2018

Children in Need

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Colour Crazy’ day for the BBC’s Children In Need appeal. Our school raised £520.11 in support for the charity, which included the funds from additional activities such as the ‘fill a picture of Pudsey with coins’ competition run ... (click to read more)

23 Nov 2018

Kindness Week and Anti-Bullying Day

As part of our Character Education work, we ran a special ‘Kindness Week’, culminating in a ‘Choose Respect’ Anti-Bullying day on 15th November where pupils explored a number of issues relating to respect, friendship and thoughtfulness. They were also treated to a performance of ’Bully’s Paradise’ by the Firehorse ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2018

Mini Rugby

We were delighted to welcome Nick Woodland from Castle Donington RUFC into school to lead both a rugby themed assembly as well as two ‘mini rugby’ taster sessions for pupils in Classes 2 and 3. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will now hopefully take up the sport as a ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2018

Y5 Residential Visit to Whithall

Year 5 pupils had a wonderful time at Whitehall and returned to school absolutely buzzing about the amazing activities they had participated in during their 3 day residential. Thank you so much to the staff who accompanied the children. It was very much appreciated. ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2018

Remembrance Discovery Day

Pupils took part in a special day of gratitude and remembrance to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. As well as participating in a variety of art, history and research activities, pupils also created a giant ‘human’ poppy on the school field. The time-lapse video can ... (click to read more)

30 Oct 2018

Robin Hood Performance

As a thank you treat for all of their hard work during the first half of the Autumn Term, pupils were treated to a performance of ‘Robin Hood’ by the M&M Theatrical Productions company. It was a stunning live performance, with some wonderful acting and lots of laughs. It ... (click to read more)

30 Oct 2018

Halloween

The Halloween Disco proved to be a huge success, with all those attending looking spookily good in their wonderful costumes! Thank you so much to the PA, parents and staff who helped out on the night – it was very much appreciated, as always. ... (click to read more)

30 Oct 2018

Glow in the Dark Dodgeball

Thank you to the coaches from Progressive Sport, for leading a day of glow in the dark dodgeball for all in upper key stage 2. It was great for pupils to have specialist sports teachers to work with them to ensure that they had fun with their friends, whilst at ... (click to read more)

24 Oct 2018

Book Fair

Thank you to all those parents who purchased at the Book Fair. It was much appreciated. Thanks also to Mrs Farrar for running the Book Fair so efficiently. We sold £652 worth of books, and will now be able to order £163 books on commission for our new whole class ... (click to read more)

08 Oct 2018

Triathlon

We were thrilled with the determination and enthusiasm displayed by our Triathlon team who took part in the Brownlee (as in Alistair and Jonny) Triathlon event at Charnwood College. As well as swimming 50m in the pool, and cycling approximately 800m,   pupils then finished the event with a 300m ... (click to read more)

08 Oct 2018

Cross Country

Pupils from Y3-6 represented the school brilliantly at the recent Leicestershire School’s Cross Country Championships at Prestwold. There are three meetings in total, with competitions for both individuals and teams. We’re feeling very positive! Thank you to Mrs Godsell and the parents and staff who have supported all of ... (click to read more)

08 Oct 2018

Space Centre

“Brilliant!”… “Amazing!”... Awesome!” This pretty much summed up what pupils from classes 7,8 and 9 said about their visit to the National Space Centre. As well as visiting the planetarium they also enjoyed lots of hands on learning during their exploration of the exhibits inside the centre. ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2018

Harvest Festival

For those parents/carers and grandparents who were able to join us at the Methodist Church on Friday, we really hope that you enjoyed our special Harvest Assembly. I’m sure that you will agree that our Y6 pupils did a super job with their speaking parts, and that the singing was ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you so much to the parents/visitors who attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning. We also very much appreciated the help from those who donated cakes or sent their children in with money to spend. Thanks to the very persuasive sales techniques of some of our fantastic Y6 pupils, we were ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2018

School Council and House Captain Election Results

After some superb public speaking in our special ‘hustings’ assembly by our seven Y6 ‘candidates’, pupils from Y2 onwards took to the polling booths to elect their new School Council President. All pupils impressed us with their confidence and pledges, but it was Harrison who secured the most votes, ... (click to read more)

19 Sep 2018

New Intake Visit mornings

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14 Sep 2018

Roald Dahl Day!

We had an absolutely wonderlicious time on our special Roald Dahl Day. As well as two special assemblies, pupils (and parents!) had great fun taking part in a number of very exciting activities which included making George’s Marvellous Medicine, creating chocolate factories using real confectionary and making a collaged ... (click to read more)

14 Sep 2018

Area Sports Football Tournament

Congratulations to the Y5/6 pupils who represented the school in the recent Area Sports Football Tournament. Both teams experienced huge success. We were delighted to have one team qualify for the play-offs, eventually being awarded 3rd place out of the 22 schools that took part. Moreover, our second team ... (click to read more)

05 Sep 2018

Inspirational Days

To launch their new topics, pupils in several class have already experienced their very first Orchard ‘Inspiration Day’. These special ‘off-timetable’ discovery days are designed to have a special wow factor in order to get pupils really excited about their learning. The start of the week has been no ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the new school year. On behalf of all of the staff at Orchard Primary, I would like to welcome Mr Cooper to the school in his role as Class 3 teacher, as well as Mrs Brain, who will be joining our Midday Supervisor team. I would also ... (click to read more)

22 Feb 2018

Swimming Area Champions

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 Swim team who competed in the area championships. Fantastic swimming secured 1st place. We will now represent North Charnwood at the Sainbury’s School Games. ... (click to read more)

18 Dec 2017

Tri-Golf Area Champions

Area Tri-Golf Champions for the fourth year running! ... (click to read more)

11 Dec 2017

Orchard pupils undertake a Winter Short Challenge to raise money for the Joseph Cooper Trust!

Two boys from Orchard School have  decided to keep their shorts on throughout the winter to raise money for the Joseph Cooper Trust. If you would like to find out more, follow their challnege or donate, please click here to visit their Just Giving page.   ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2017

Premier Sport Christmas Holiday Club 21st and 22nd December 2017

Premier Sport will be running a Holiday Club at Orchard on 21 and 22 December. For more information, please click here  ... (click to read more)

07 Nov 2017

Orchard School Vacancy for a Lunchtime Supervisor

  For more information, please contact us on 01332 810078 ... (click to read more)

07 Nov 2017

Orchard School Open Visits for 2018 intake

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21 Sep 2017

Premier Sport will be running a Holiday Club October Half-term

Further details can be found on our Holiday Clubs page - click here   ... (click to read more)

20 Sep 2017

Orchard School Football Teams Qualify for Area Finals

Orchard School entered 4 teams into the Area Competition in Loughborough, with fantastic achievements by all. After some great football, 2 teams qualified for the finals. ... (click to read more)

05 Sep 2017

Year 5 become County Schools' Tri Golf Champions at the School Games

Our year 5 Tri Golf team became County Champions at the School Games competition.  A fantastic achievement! ... (click to read more)

22 Aug 2017

Orchard School launches After School Care and extended Before School Care from August!

We are pleased to announce that our Morning Club will now begin at 7.45am and will include Breakfast of Cereal/Toast and Fruit.   From 24th August we are also launching our After School Club which will run until 6.15pm.   Further details  and a booking form can be found in our 'Parents' section.   Places ... (click to read more)

22 Aug 2017

New lining up procedure for mornings

From the first day or term (Thursday 24th August) we would like all children to line up, in their classes, on the Key Stage One playground when the whistle is blown to come into school.  The whistle will be blown by a member of staff at 8.45am. Children should line up, ... (click to read more)

07 Jul 2017

Year 5 are County Tri-Golf Champions!

Well done to our amazing Year 5 team who represented Charnwood in the County Championships and putted, tapped and hit their way to victory at Uppingham!  ... (click to read more)

06 Jun 2017

Year 5 Cyclocross Champions!!!!

Well done to our Year 5 Cyclocross team for winning the area Championships. On the day that Team Sky crashed out of the Giro d'Italia Orchard's Italian team pursuit won them Gold! Next stop, County Championships at Melton Mowbray later this month.      ... (click to read more)

05 Jun 2017

New Dinner Menu

Our new dinner menu begins today! We have lots of popular dishes available. You can access the dinner menu through our 'For Parents' tab.   Don't forget to book your dinners online at schoolmoney.co.uk   ... (click to read more)

26 May 2017

We have vacancies for Support Staff to begin August 2017, please see our Staff section for further details

Please click on our staff tab for details of vacancies at the school ... (click to read more)

07 Apr 2017

Great day at the Area Hockey Championships

Some fantastic hockey skills on display at the Area tournament this month with year 3/4 reaching the semi finals and year 5 reaching the quarter finals. Brilliant teamwork and sunshine making a great competition! ... (click to read more)

06 Apr 2017

The reception unit turns 30!

Were you at Orchard Primary when the Reception unit opened? Was your child one of the first to attend the new Reception Unit? id you work at Orchard at the time?   Then please come and join us as we celebrate it's 30th Birthday!    Click here to donwload our invitation!  ... (click to read more)

27 Mar 2017

Easter Dinner!

We hope all our children will join us for Easter Dinner on Thursday 6th April! The kitchen will be cooking a fabulous roast followed by a special Easter pudding! There will even be a special egg hunt with the lucky winners receiving a small prize!     ... (click to read more)

10 Mar 2017

Area cross country success

Great running at the area cross country qualifiers at Loughborough on Tuesday.  Seven of our runners qualified to represent Loughborough Area at the Leicestershire County Championships on 25th March at Prestwold Hall.  We also have one year 5 runner who has qualified to represent Leicestershire in the National Championships held on ... (click to read more)

10 Mar 2017

Vacancies at Orchard

We have vacancies availabe for a Premises Officer and a Midday Supervisor. Please see our vacancies page for more information  ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2017

Orchard School singing group win the Rotary Primary School Music Shield!

The school singing group and children from year 5 who play the Clarinet recently took part in the Rotary Club's Primary School Music Competiton along with groups from other local schools. The children performed brilliantly. Our singing group won the Rotary Club Shield and will be sining in the Rotary's ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2017

OPS Radio interview swimmer Molly Renshaw who competed in the 2016 Olympics and is a British Record Holder !

OPS Radio have launched their latest round of interviews with Inspirational guests with a World Class interview with British Record Holder Molly Renshaw!  Find out what she has to say about her experience at the Olympics and the dedication needed to succeed in sport by listening to her interview here .   If ... (click to read more)

03 Mar 2017

Orchard School is full of Characters!

Children at Orchard School have enjoyed a day in character. As part of World Book Day and to celebrate the end of our month long Reading Expedition, children were invited to dress as a character from their favourite book!  Children have spent the month of February reading a variety of ... (click to read more)

23 Feb 2017

Orchard runners race to Victory!

Orchard Community Primary took part in the Ivanhoe Challenge on Saturday 11th February and came away the proud winners of the Primary School Challenge Trophy! 41 runners took part in the event from Reception to year 5.  Year 2 Girls and Year 4 Boys claimed Gold in the Team event and ... (click to read more)

21 Feb 2017

Our main school phone number is not working, please use 01332 814300

Our main school phone number is not working, please contact us via our alternative number 01332 814300 or via email to school@orchard.leics.sch.uk until further notice. ... (click to read more)

20 Jan 2017

OPS Radio launches brilliant new shows.

Tune in to all our shows.  The Friday show and our two new shows are up and running. The OPS Quiz Show and The OPS Request show on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes.  Tune in on www.myliveschool.org ... (click to read more)

02 Dec 2016

Tri-Golf Area Champions .... again!

Once again Orchard Primary school have become the year 5/6 Tri Golf champions.  Along with our cross country Year 5 boys champions, this has made it a SPECTACULAR sporting week. ... (click to read more)

02 Dec 2016

Cross Country Success for Year 5 boys!

What a sporting week!  The year 5 boys fought off tough competition from Elizabeth Woodville school to secure victory in the county schools' cross country championships at Prestwold Hall.  Full results can be found here. ... (click to read more)

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