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Halloween Craft

The Friends of Orchard (PTA) arranged another popular craft afternoon.

On the agenda was a chance to make your own bat hat. Sounds easy but trust me it was a challenge and everyone left with a hat ready to use for trick or treating.

The hats came with a hanging bat from the side enough to scare a poor soul who is unfortunate enough to bump into one of our pupils wearing it.

The library was covered in glitter and glue but all left satisfied with their creations.

Next craft event will be Christmas.

Remember spaces get taken quickly so don't delay in booking!

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Cutty Sark

On 14th October, Year 3 went to Greenwich to explore the famous ‘Cutty Sark’ and we visited the Maritime Museum where we explored the large world map and used tablets to enhance our understanding of the world.

Then we ventured into some of the rooms within the museum to look at the different artefacts.

We then walked to the Cutty Sark and the children discovered the story of tea and how merchant sailors brought it back to England. They learnt how the Cutty Sark would have begun its journey from Victorian London to China.

It was a fun filled trip discovering a merchant sailor’s life, studying maps and recreating weather conditions on board their ship all to be the first team to make it back to London first.

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Wrotham Trip

This is the second year that Orchard Primary School has had a residential trip to Wrotham as part of our continuous work with Wide Horizons.
Pupils from Y5 & Y6 congregated at school on Wednesday 14th October with their luggage and oodles of excitement ready to begin their three day activity trip to the rural area of Wrotham, Kent.

As soon as they arrive the fun begins, well maybe not immediately they do have beds to make ready for their exhausted bodies to collapse into later. Then the fun begins! Each pupil takes part in a selection of activities these are:

  • Archery which is based in a beautiful 17th century barn, introducing children to basic archery skills. This is a great activity allowing children to learn concentration and spatial awareness from experienced instructors.
  • Climbing Wall, a rewarding activity that pupils have to work together to reach the top! They have to learn to support each other with climbing and belaying. These techniques will enable students to learn trust, communication and responsibility.
  • Orienteering where you learn about map reading and compass bearing. This again encourages team and individual work leading to developing their key decision making skills.
  • Zip Line which is of course is a high adrenalin activity that helps them to confront any fears in a fun environment.

So as you can see amongst the fun and social aspect of residential trips they also provide an essential education of learning trust and communication with their peers.

They returned to school on Friday afternoon with more than they went away with MUD!!

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