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Orchard Primary Academy


Welcome to Nursery!



Dream Big, Dare to Fail  

Welcome to the Orchard Primary Academy Nursery Class Page. We hope that you find the information on this page useful. If you have any further questions please speak to a member of Nursery Staff.

Our Class name is:


At Orchard Primary Academy Nursery, play is at the heart of everything we do.

Play comes instinctively to children. Play is fun, immersive and crucial to child development. Children challenge themselves through play, explore how the world works, work through emotions and learn that other people have thoughts and feelings too.

Through play, children develop the characteristics to be able to thrive and become life long learners.


 The Blossom class staff are:



Mrs Vokes

Nursery Room Leader 

The Nursery Room Leader is also supported by:



         Mrs Larter                                                                                       Mrs Broady

Early Years Teaching Assistant                                                                   Nursery Nurse



          Mrs Ainsworth                                                                              Miss Whitfield 

  Early Years Teaching Assistant                                                       Early Years Teaching Assistant

Important Information

At Orchard Primary Academy we value parental partnership. We understand that an effective partnership between school and home will have a positive impact on children’s learning.

We communicate with parents in various ways which include Parent Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Tapestry.

Parent Mail is an app which allows us to send text messages, and letters to share information. You can also use this to pay for milk, trips and dinners. We will use your email address to activate your account.


Our Academy twitter account is also used to share information. The Academy twitter handle is: @OrchardPrimaryA

The Nursery twitter handle is:


The Academy Facebook page can be accessed by following the link below:


At Orchard Primary Academy, we use an online journal provider called ‘Tapestry’ to collect and store your child’s electronic ‘Learning Journey’.

Tapestry allows you to login with a secure username and password so that you can view photographs, videos and observations of your child’s learning.

You can like and comment on observations that we add for your child. You can also add your own observations. Please click the image below to access Tapestry:


Key Dates

Monday 3rd June 2024 - School re-opens.

Friday 21st June 2024 - Wildling Adventures to visit EYFS.

Friday 28th June 2024 - Nursery Sports Day - AM - 11:00AM - PM - 2:30PM.

Friday 19th July 2024 - Last day of term.

Nursery Rhyme Time

At Orchard Primary Academy, we learn a range of Nursery Rhymes throughout our time in the Early Years. Nursery Rhymes are important as they help us to develop key skills. This includes:

  • Learning new words and extending our vocabulary
  • Learning early Maths skills such as counting aloud using finger movements and actions
  • Developing social skills such as turn taking
  • Learning different beats and rhythms
  • Develop positive relationships between children and adults.          



This half term we will be focusing upon learning these Nursery Rhymes linked to the World Nursery Rhyme Week:

'5 Little Monkeys'. 'Walking Through the Jungle'. 'The Wheels on The Bus'. 'Twinkle twinkle Little Star'. '5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer'. 'We All go Travelling By'.








This half term we will be learning ...

 Our topic is called  - We All Go Travelling By



We will be able to name, describe and sort vehicles.

We will be able to recall and recount a familiar journey.











We will be mark making in a variety of ways to draw lines, circles, zig zags and we will be focusing on recognising and writing our first names.

We will be working on our fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, balancing, sorting and dough disco!

Using these kind of skills are not only fun but help your child to strengthen their hand and finger muscles for not only writing/mark making but also important like skills such as zipping up their coat, fastening buttons and using a knife and fork to eat.  

Author Focus

 This half term we will be focusing on these books:     

We will be reading and sharing the books - 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Brown, 'Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke and 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.         


Links to try at home

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