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Orchard Primary Academy

1 Cherry

Welcome to 1 Cherry!

Welcome to the class page for 1 Cherry. 

Here you will find all the important information you need about our school day and you can also take a look at some of the amazing things we are learning about!

In our class we are always respectful, aspirational and resilient! 




The staff you will see in 1 Cherry this year are...



                                     Miss Clayton                        Mrs Hogarth

Mrs Hogarth will teach on a Monday afternoon.

Important Information

PE will be on a Monday and Friday

please come to school in the correct PE kit.

  • Pumps (indoor) /Trainers (outdoor)
  • Plain White round neck t-shirt  or the Orchard logo PE kit                                              
  • Plain Black PE shorts
  • Pump/Sports bag for storage

On PE days, children need to pack a spare jumper/ hoody for colder days or in case the weather becomes colder throughout the day.

Key Dates

Monday 31st October - School re-opens

TTuesday 1st November  - Parents Evening 

Wednesday 2nd November  - Parents Evening 

Monday 14th November  - Scholastic Book Fair 

Wednesday 16th November  - M and M Productions 

Friday 2nd November- Christmas Jumper and Christmas Tree Decoration Day

Wednesday 7th December - Christmas Fair

Wednesday 7th December - Christmas Dinner Day

Friday 16th December- Break up for Christmas Holiday  

This half term we will be learning...


We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. (RWI) to teach our children to read and spell. In RWI lessons, the children are taught new sounds and these progress from set 1 - 3. In Year 1, children continue to learn set 2 sounds, consolidate set 1 sounds and progress onto set 3 sounds.

Children learn to read words by sound-blending using a frog called Fred. Fred says the sounds and children help him blend the sounds to read each word. Children also learn to read red words on sight. Red words are words that cannot be segmented or blended.

Here is a video showing you how to pronounce each sound. 



We will be writing a non-chronological report about Miss Clayton and then we will get to write our own non-chronological report all about ourselves. We will then move onto a retell of the story 'Stardust' by Jeanne Willis.

Stardust by Jeanne Willis


This half term we will be working with numbers up to 20.  We will start with place value to 20 to make sure we are confident with our numbers. For our final week of Autumn 2 we will look at position and direction. 






Our topic this half term is Materials. We will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.  Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.



Our topic in history is Our Local Area.  We will use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

We will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

Design and Technology
In Design and Technology,  we will be discovering the different types of vehicles used in our local area.  Using this knowledge we will be designing and building our own vehicles.

Religious Education 

Our key question for RE is 'What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here instead of in Bethlehem?' 
We will look at special gifts and what makes them special, reflecting on times we have  been given them.  We will then move onto 'The Christmas Story' and the significance of the gifts he received.  What gifts could we have given Jesus and why?  

PSHE Jigsaw

Our first PSHE unit is Celebrating Difference. 


This half term we will be focussing on Fairy Tale Dance and we will be working on the following skills -

- Moving our bodies in time to the music - Teamwork
- Dance with control
- Dance movements at different levels
- Dance moving in different directions and traveling
- Counting to 8 to stay in time to the music

Author Focus 

Author Focus

Every half term, we will have an author focus. This gives us the opportunity to learn about a range of different authors, their writing style and enjoy a range of books written by them.

This half term we will be focussing on the books by the author, Julia Donaldson.


Here are some of her books.


Which is your favourite?


Links to try at home

 Here are websites which you can use at home to support your child's learning. 

Read Write Inc. Guide for Parents

Phonics Games

Free Reading Books

Maths Games

Active Dance Break

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