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Celebration Assembly
1st March 2024

We have just had our celebration assembly for our Stars of the week! Well done to them all!


Year 5 - Ancient Greece

Year 5 pupils are learning about the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece. To support our understanding of how our local council works, Year 5 were visited by Malcolm Wade today. Malcolm clearly explained what his role involves and talked through some of the key issues in the area at the moment. 


We were really proud of the way in which the children listened and by the quality of some of their questions. Malcolm talked about a new play area that is going to be developed in the Navy Fields near to Shore Road. We are exploring opportunities for how our pupils can be involved in the planning process, expressing their views regarding what kind of things children would really enjoy. Watch this space! 


Sports Update Badminton

On Wednesday our 'A' and 'B' Badminton teams represented the New Forest area at the County Finals in Portsmouth. In what was a really high quality competition, our teams performed incredibly well all afternoon. These children have worked extremely hard in morning club to develop their skills and showcased their ability when it mattered, in some really intense matches. We are very proud to say that both teams finished in the top 5 in Hampshire. Our A team narrowly missed out on the semi finals finishing 5th. Our B team progressed to the semi finals, narrowly missing out on the final. Then played in the bronze medal match and were able to secure victory, in a really competitive match against St Bedes of Winchester.



Orchard B - 3rd Bronze Medalists

Orchard A - 5th and winners of tier 2


Well done!


Year 3

We have had a busy half term learning how to be a 'Healthy Kid' in Year 3. We couldn't believe that poor Charlie Bucket only ate cabbage soup! We created a healthy and balanced soup for him, making sure we used foods from the different food groups. We chopped, cut and grated our ingredients but of course the best part was eating it all up.

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Sports Updates

Another busy week of sport at Orchard Junior. 


Friday 2nd February Tag Rugby vs Cadland: We hosted Cadland Primary for a Year 5&6 Tag Rugby round robin. 8 teams took part (5 Orchard and 3 Cadland) which saw all 8 teams face each other in friendly competition. A fantastic afternoon, which showcased an abundance of rugby talent from both schools. Very enjoyable to spectate the excellent teamwork, determination and respect from all players. Well done to everyone who competed.


Wednesday 7th February Year 5&6 Badminton Regional Qualifier: This week we took four badminton teams to compete in the New Forest Schools Badminton Regional event. After practicing hard in morning club for the last two half terms, all teams performed at an incredibly high level. Resulting in all four teams winning their seeding round pools. Our A, B and D team qualified for Pool A in the final round to compete for a spot in the county finals after half term. While our C team narrowly missed out on total points scored and were placed in Pool B. The outstanding standard of Badminton continued in the final round, with the match of the day going to Oli (A-Team) and Charlie (B-Team). An intense battle that saw Charlie take a narrow win 9-11. Amazing performances everyone, with all four teams occupying the top 4 spots in the New Forest, congratulations and good luck in the county finals. 



A Team - 1st Gold Medalist & County Qualifiers

B Team - 2nd Silver Medalists & County Qualifiers

D Team - 3rd Bronze Medalists

C Team - 4th Tier 2 Gold Medalists


Yesterday a group of Year 4 students represented Orchard Junior School at a Gym Festival at Ballard School. They practiced on 10 different types of gym equipment and had "the best day ever"


Year 4 Ukulele Concert

We are so proud of our Year 4 pupils who performed a concert with their Ukuleles for their Families and Carers yesterday. They did so well!

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Year 5

Year 5 are busy showing off their knowledge of the architecture styles used to build ancient Greek temples. 


Working together in small teams, they've been planning, building and presenting their temples. A lot of communication, compromising and problem solving has been going on too!


Lot's more to come this week: building periscopes, painting clay dragon eyes and thinking about what community means to the Muslim community on our RE Day. Busy, busy, busy!!


Year 4 Viking Half Term

This half term, Year 4 have enjoyed a Viking learning day in school, a Viking themed day at Noadswood and a Viking dress up day.


Basketball Sports Update

On Wednesday we took 6 year 6 pupils to the schools county basketball finals at Solent University. With each game the team improved winning 4 of their final 5 games to finish a magnificent 14th out of 320 schools across Hampshire. Well done!!


Sports Update Gymnastics

Yesterday we took 8 excited year 5 & 6 pupils to Ballard School for the New Forest Gymnastics Festival. The children we able to explore lots of different gymnastics equipment and practice different techniques throughout the festival. A really fun afternoon, developing strength, balance and control.


Sports Update Athletics

Yesterday, we competed in the 2nd round of the New Forest Schools Indoor Athletics League at Testwood School. After finishing 3rd in round 1 the children have been working extremely hard in morning club to try to close the gap with the current 2nd and 1st place schools, which is extremely close as we head into the final round in March. 


We saw incredible performances from all 8 of our athletes, including outstanding races from Olly and Dec, both winning their respective events. As well as super field events from Hettie and Olly again in speed bounce, and Alper in triple jump. Topped off with two excellent relays from both the boys and girls improving on their change overs and achieving improved results from round 1. 


All to play for in round 3. Well done and good luck!


School Notices


We have been made aware of some roadworks taking place in the local area which may cause some delays at peak times.

Please see below the information we have received.


Please see below some helpful links to podcasts and videos about managing anxiety from CAMHS.

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