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Orchard Primary

& Pre-School

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Classroom Essentials

Welcome to Year 1!


Our Class Teacher in Year 1 is Mrs Cantrill.


Useful Information:


Full P.E kits with suitable footwear should always be in school during the week and can be kept safe on the children’s pegs. Please ensure that all school uniform and P.E kits are clearly labelled so items don't get lost or taken by mistake. We will try to hold P.E outdoors whenever possible, so during the winter months your child would benefit from also having a pair of joggers and a jumper/hoody to keep them warm.


In Year 1 we are encouraging the children to become more independent in all areas, this means that they are expected to independently change themselves when possible – we ask if you could please support this at home by encouraging them to dress themselves and use their own initiative.


Water Bottles:

All children must bring a named water bottle to school each day please - these will be kept by them on their desks.



As we go into the colder months of the year, please can you ensure your child is provided with a warm, winter coat so that they can still enjoy their playtime out on the playground whatever the weather! Please also ensure these are labelled with names clearly.


Book Bags:

This year, instead of book bags, the children will be given a wipeable plastic wallet to keep any letters and reading books safe. The children will be given a new reading record at the beginning of term where we encourage you note the occasions that your child reads at home - this can be a book from school or home. Each week, the children will take part in a guided reading session and take home the book they've discussed. The children will take home class reading books and change these during the week. They will also be given the opportunity to take out a Library book weekly. 


5 Minute Walk:

The 5 minute walk is a whole school initiative that we will be taking part in again this year. It is a great opportunity for us to get active, improve our fitness and most of all have some fun in between our learning. The children will be given the opportunity to change their footwear if they wish, so please ensure your child has trainers or pumps in order to do this.


*We would also normally give children opportunities to bring in items for show and tell throughout the year, however due to the current situation we're unable to do this at the moment.


I will be sure to update this page throughout the year with any key pieces of information for you and your child. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask me. If you wish to discuss something that may take longer than a few minutes, may I ask that you arrange a meeting with myself after school, where we will be able to have a more private and in-depth discussion. You can also reach me via email on


Thank you for your support 


Mrs Cantrill