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Orchard Primary Academy


Welcome to Acorn class

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.


 The Pre-School Room Leader is:


Mrs J Wood 

The Room Leader is also  supported by 




         Mrs Chunara                               Mrs Blackham                               Mrs Ballard

(Nursery Assistant)                  (Early Years Teaching Assistant)     (Early Years Teaching 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:


Important Information

 Orchard Primary Academy want to ensure that our youngest children get the best possible start to their education which is why we spent a lot of money and hard work over the summer to transform our Early Years building. We hope you can see from these photographs the difference from before and after. Our staff and children were super excited to see the finished results.

This half term we are learning...

 Our Topic this half term is called:

'We all Go Travelling By'

 During this 'Topic' we will be exploring journeys that can be taken using different modes of transport. We will also look at the different destinations that we can travel to including the park, the farm and the seaside.

Click on the image below to view the Pre-School Summer 2 Newsletter:

Author/Book Focus

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



You can click on the images above to view the books on amazon. 

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:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat...


Down At the Station


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star



In Pre-School, children are taught phase one phonics. This includes listening to the different sounds in our environment and making sounds using our bodies. Please see the video below of our academy's most recent phonics workshop for parents which explains how your child is taught and ways in which to support at home.


Home Learning Menu

 At Orchard Primary Academy Per-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:

home learning menu pre school.pdf

Links to try at home


Please click the images below to follow the link to the websites



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