Orchard Weekly
Life in Lower 1

This week has been a busy but fun week for the children in Lower 1. They have been learning about the digraph ‘sh’. A digraph is a combination of two letters representing one sound. The children have worked with the Montessori activities, enjoyed mixing secondary colours to make tertiary colours and have been doing subtraction with Numicon and learning to use a number line. They were also excited to be given spellings to practise and in computing they practised logging in to the mathletics portal. They are also learning about road safety and have started a new topic about people who help us.

Life in the Den

In the Den this week the children have been very busy. They have been building number towers in maths lessons and have also been learning about road safety. There are some fantastic budding engineers who have been building a plane, which they say will be going to Poland. And the children have also been enjoying role play activities as travel agents. This week there were some excellent deals on holidays to Barbados, Kenya and Australia, as well as some skiing holidays!

Visitors to Newton Grove

The children and staff at Newton Grove were excited to have a visit from Mrs Hyatt today with her twin girls.

Library captains and deputies

Congratulations to the children who have been appointed as library captains and library deputies.

The captains and deputies are appointed on a termly basis and are responsible for assisting parent volunteers during their class library slot, helping to hand out overdue notices to teachers, as well as helping to keep the library tidy. Miss Hess will also be asking captains and deputies to read and review new books and to help with library competitions.

School council

School council will meet on Monday morning at 8.30am in the Newton room. Members should come to the front door at Newton Grove and ring the bell to be let in.

Dates of the meetings for the rest of term are:

Monday 21 January

Monday 4 February

Monday 25 February

Monday 11 March

Monday 25 March

Uniform and games kit during cold weather

Please may we remind parents that during the cold weather children should come to school with a beanie hat, scarf, gloves and their blazer or 3-in-1 rain jacket with the inner fleece attached. All hats, scarves and gloves should be navy blue or black.

Children attending early morning sports squads and after school clubs should also bring appropriate clothing, including skins.

Please may we remind parents that all items of uniform should be clearly named to help our lost property monitors to reunite missing items of uniform with their owner.

Dates for your diary

Please make a note of the following dates:

Wednesday 20 March – 5.45pm – Form 5 play in a day

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 March – 9.30am – Form 3 production

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May – 6.00pm – Form 4 production

Friday 24 May – Sports Day

Wednesday 5 June – 6.00pm – Summer concert

Saturday 22 June – 12noon – 2.30pm – OHSPA Summer Fair

Thursday 4 July – 7.00pm – Form 6 production


Please login to the secure area to see details of this week’s recognition.

All current circulars and messages can be seen in the secure section of the school’s website. Please always report any difficulty in logging in to the secure area to the school office, or to the email address shown on the website: catalina.basualdo@houseschools.com

M V Edwards 18 January 2019