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Orchard Primary Academy


Welcome to  Pre-School!


Dream Big, Dare to Fail 

Welcome to the Orchard Primary Academy Pre-school 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  Early Years Staff staff.

Our Class name is:



The Pre-School classroom can be found in the Orchard Primary Academy Early Years Building.






Mrs J Wood 

The Room Leader is also supported by


 Mrs Chunara

(Nursery Assistant)



 Parental Partnerships 

 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 

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 Pre-School twitter handle is:


You can also access the Pre-School twitter feed by clicking the image below:


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 Date


  Monday 8th April 2024 - School re-opens.

 Tuesday 16th April 2024 - Parents evening 1.

 Wednesday 17th April 2024 - Parents evening 2.

 Monday 6th May 2024 - School closed for Bank Holiday. 

 Friday 24th May 2024 - Last day of term.

 Monday 3rd June 2024 - School re-opens.


This half term we are learning.....

 Our Topic this half term is called:

  Roots, Shoots and Muddy boots.

We will be able to find and name some common insects including spiders, snails and worms.

     We will be able to name the fruit eaten by "The very hungry caterpillar"

Author/Book Focus

During our 'Topic' we will be sharing  the following books:






    Nursery Rhyme Focus

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






Home Learning Menu   

 At Orchard Primary Academy Pre-School your child can take part in activities listed in our 'Home Learning Menu'. Each of the activities will earn your child points which can be exchanged for prizes. The Activities are divided into three categories:

  1. Wellbeing activities
  2. Reading, writing and maths activities
  3. Creative tasks

 These menus will not change and teachers have developed them for the rest of the school year.

If home learning tasks are completed, they will be marked/acknowledged by the teacher.

Click on the image below to open the Pre-School Home Learning Menu to view in further detail:

                                  STAY AND PLAY MORNINGS/AFTERNOONS                            

Fortnightly we invite parents to join us for nursery rhymes on a Thursday. 

           Mornings children  8.45 - 9.45  Afternoon children 12.15 - 1.00

Please ask your child's keyworker about the next session.

Halloween Open morning






                 Christmas Open Morning              

Maths Stay and Learn


                      Click on the NHS logo for toilet training tips

 Click on the link below for Speech and language development information and tips.


       Links to try at home



 Nursery Rhymes   CBeebies  Story Time at Home

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