Orchard Church of England Primary School

The school day starts at 8.40 am (all gates open at 8.30 am) and ends at 3.15 pm (all gates open at 3.00 pm)

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School Clubs

Throughout the school year pupils at our school are given the opportunity to participate in various afterschool clubs. The majority of these are run by members of staff and volunteers at  no cost to the children. Some of the sporting, afterschool clubs are run by qualified sports coaches and do require a termly payment.

Clubs generally run Monday to Friday from 3.15 pm to 4.00 pm unless otherwise stated.

All afterschool clubs run by the school are now charged at £1 a session. Payment to be made in advance for the whole term.

Please click on the links below to see the range of activities on offer during the various school terms.


 Spring 2020

Autumn 2019

Spring Term 2019

Autumn Term 2018






What's been happening in clubs.....

Gardening Club Summer Term 

We are still gardening during lockdown. 

More home grown plants have been added to give colour and increase wildlife into our environment. 
Also plants added during Gardening Club which are making good progress.

Gardening Club 18th March


It might be the last week of the club however we still have seeds to sow. More beans and we were given some sunflower ones to remember a former pupil. After germination these will be planted within our Peace Garden. 
Our small crop of beetroot from the winter season was pulled up along with a couple of carrots. As you can see they all vary in size. 
We checked out what's been happening to the leaves we placed under a sheet of plastic at the end of one of the beds.
They are decaying and more will be added to try and increase the richness of the soil.
Finally we took a look at the Spring flowers coming to life in our flower bed.


Gardening Club 10th March



First successful plants from germinated seeds to be put out on the plot.


Pumpkin seeds planted, earlier than last year, but will this make a difference to the results.
We will have to wait and see.

Gardening Club  3rd March 


First job to plant our chitted potatoes.                                              
Can you find the poster around school that tells you what to do?
It also lists creatures that could be friend or foe!
                                                               We found               Which is it?
                                                    Then its time to sow tomato seeds. They need to be kept indoors on a sunny windowsill.      
A wigwam of canes has been placed ready to plant out runner beans after the Easter holiday. 


Gardening Club 25th February 2020


With lots of tidying up jobs to be done and digging the ground over so our soil is in perfect condition we actually forgot to take any photos this week apart from of our chitting potatoes!


Gardening Club 11th February 2020




 Just look how much the sun flowers have grown in a week! The other flowers are also doing well too.
We have also planted more french beans and some onions which have been brought inside into the studio to see if the warmth makes a difference to how quickly they start to sprout. Hopefully after the half term break we will see some results.


Gardening Club 4th February 2020

First job to check the pots planted last week and what a surprise we got!

We then tidied up the planters in the KS2 playground and added some more bulbs to the previously planted ones already in flower.



More seeds were also planted (french beans, peas and some different squashes) to put in the cold frame.

Gardening Club 28th January 2020

A new growing season!
First thing is to have a good look around the plot and establish which jobs need tackling.

 Leaf collection before we can get into the greenhouse.

Bulbs have been planted and the planter has been placed in the KS1 playground.

Keep a lookout for the Spring flowers.

More planting of flowers and vegetables to keep inside.                                                                                                                                                    
 Will anything appear by next week?

Gardening Club Autumn Term

1st October 2019

After a substantial amount of rain throughout the day our border from last week was very water logged! 
We've added some more Hollyhocks to this space. 
On finding an unusual seedpod we've decided to plant some seeds and see what/if anything grows.

There was great excitement when we discovered the wind and rain had encouraged conkers to fall from the tree on our field.

Some were collected to take home and lots including the shells were put in the plot. 




24th September 2019


This week was all about improving a piece of border in the KS2 playground by adding/transplanting plants and bulbs.


A new small group of keen gardeners set to work looking around school at all the places where previous crops and flowers have been grown. They picked the ripened tomatoes for use at cooking club. 
Also picked dried bean and pea pods to save seeds for next years planting. The beans that were ready to eat were shared out and taken home to cook. 



Collected seed heads and re scattered seeds in the flower bed so we hopefully have lots more flowers next spring. 

Made use of dried out plants in areas being developed for wildlife and creatures to survive the long Autumn and Winter months. 

Watched bees busy collecting nectar.   



Found a frog sheltered in an old planter.    
Cleared an area of weeds and planted shrubs/flowers.     

Planted baskets to hang outside school with plants that have all been grown by us!


Checked and watered the pumpkin (only 1) we have been able to grow.     

Unlike the small yellow cherry tomatoes which are plentiful and a great success again this season. 


What a busy time we had!

Gardening Club Summer Term

Our last week of the club so we had a few jobs to complete.
Firstly, as the weather has been hot and dry, everything needed a good watering.






Then we had more sunflowers to plant out.
Next we added more onions to the space garden so we have a continuous supply in the Autumn.

After that, we transferred some seedlings into hanging bottle planters, as we have lots of yellow cherry tomato plants popping up which have self seeded from last year.
We decided to have a look at the fruit composter to see what's happening. There were lots of flies and it was very smelly!

Finally, upon realising, we have a cherry tree bearing fruit within the KS2 playground we proceeded to pick some of the abundant ripening fruit.

24th June 2019

First job, yet again more weeding. It's amazing how quickly they grow! 

Then a good look round the plot. 
We have our first raspberries!

Flowers on our pumpkins!

We left the winter cabbage plants to go to seed so have loads of pods!

More strawberries ripening!

Which were eagerly sampled! 

Our Hosta plant has flowered! 







After all that we just had time to plant out sunflowers, tomatoes and beans to climb up the tree again in the KS1 playground!

An extremely wet day which didn't stop the club from going ahead!
A quick walk down to the plot to check on the progress of plants/seedlings previously sown and also those well established shrubs which are beginning to fruit.

Can you identify whats growing from the photos?
Ants had set up home in one of our planting trays and we could clearly see how they had burrowed through the soil in all directions making tunnels!

Our flower bed is coming along and at the moment has lots of love in a mist which hopefully we will be able to transfer around the school grounds.

We even have seed heads already!

We have been lucky and received three books from the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation through the RHS.

During the session some of the group chose to create their own spectacular plants while others made plant labels for us to use or tiny spoon scarecrows for themselves to take home.

24th May 2019


Just a few photos of ideas/ things we've been working on around the school grounds.
                    Notice explains what this area is being used for.
                                                                                            Starting planting.


             Sleeping Dragon containing potatoes and corn.                       

 Pupils creation now containing a variety of herb hair.


21st May 2019

More planting, weeding and clearing a bed of last seasons crops! 

14th May 2019

Sixteen members for this terms club; some new, which is always good to see and some returning which is even better as it shows they have enjoyed the previous experiences of gardening.

Sadly 3 members are missing but hopefully we'll snap a photo of them next week.
First job, to have a good look around the plot and decide what we are going to grow this season.
Peas are a firm favourite closely followed by climbing beans. We saved some of last years crops and dried them out to sow this year.




Weeding is a must before planting anything directly into the ground so we set to work!

Radish are good to sow as they germinate quickly and are usually ready to eat within three weeks.

Hopefully after half term the group will get to sample some!






26th March 2019


Transplanting was the word of this weeks club as we looked at moving plants from different areas (the plot and the peace garden where there are an abundance of flowers) to fill/add colour to the planters in the KS2 playground.

After doing this we added a bag of topsoil and gave them a good watering!

One of the mini scarecrows has been placed in the peace garden at the request of one of the clubs members.

Another larger one, designed on a previous week, has now been made and erected by the raspberry canes in one of the beds, ready to keep the birds away from the fruit we will hopefully produce later in the season.

As this is the last week of the club and we already have a good crop of rhubarb growing, some of the group decided they would like to take some home to try! 


19th March 


This week we looked at growing a new plant from a cutting as some of the group love the smell of the mint we have down on the plot.

The cuttings were taken and placed in a glass jar with a small amount of water. After a few days roots began to appear. These can then be potted on.

Some of the group were given the task of re weeding part of a bed.

While others chose to make miniature scarecrows.

Look out for them around the school grounds!






12th March

Sadly the rain came down heavily for most of the day so after watering last weeks sown seeds which are being kept in the green house it was decided that the group would either design a scarecrow or make a poster. They were shown examples to get ideas.

Then they set to work being creative.

These are the finished designs for scarecrows.

These are posters which will be laminated and put up outside.
Hopefully these will make pupils aware of growing areas and encourage them to follow the instruction/requests.

5th March 

This week we decided to split into two groups. Each group were given jobs/tasks to complete.
Group one had to choose vegetable and flower seeds to sow. These will be kept in the greenhouse until they become established seedlings before being planted out into one of the beds.

Then there were the hundreds or possibly thousands of leaves to collect up which had fallen from the Oak trees inside the plot. A job the boys particularly enjoyed.

The girls constructed two wig-wams ready for when we plant this years runner beans. 





We will be doing some experimental planting using compost versus natures soil and comparing the results. Looking at plant health and size of crop. 
Group two were given the task of tidying the kitchen garden area.
We disturbed a large caterpillar buried in the soil.

After having a good look at it we carefully placed it back in the soil.
We also found/pulled up lots of sprouting seed pods, the winged fruit,  from the Sycamore tree (children stick them on their noses or call them helicopters) in the playground which had been blown by the wind on to the soil.

Then it was on to the next job.

An area in the KS2 playground which the group felt needed tidying up.


We set to work re edging, defining and digging over the garden/soil space so that later in the season we can either plant vegetables or sweet peas up against the wire fence.
We think we did a fantastic job and have made a huge improvement. 

What do you think?




26th February

A new growing season with a new member and some returning ones.
The first job was to have a look around the grounds and spot/identify all the spring flowers starting to emerge.



Then off down to the plot where we found lots more from bulbs planted in August.

We also found the Carrots, Rhubarb Chard and Cabbages still going strong despite the cold,
wet weather we've experienced during the Winter months.

It was decided to pull up one solitary Parsnip to see how successful it had been.     
After that there was a third of one bed to weed.

During this we found a Shield Bug and a Lady Bird along with numerous Worms!

Next it was time for everyone to choose seeds to plant, either; Broad Beans, Peas or Carrots; which come on a strip.

Finally we weeded the planters in the KS2 playground and added some colourful pansies to the gaps.

Art Club Spring Term

12/02/2019 Sadly the last week of the club.

As Valentines Day is this week we thought it would be nice to make beautiful heart wreaths to give to the people around us who we  love and value.

Some precut hearts were available however all children demonstrated determination when drawing round templates and practising their cutting skills.
A snapshot of what went home!

05/02/2019    This week it was paper plate snails and peg areoplanes. 

Everyone took a place at the tables and enthusiastically began creating.

During this session adults observed the group showing incredible teamwork and great friendship.  

This week the group were shown 2 examples of door plaques 
then they could choose from a selection of stickers, buttons, alphabet tiles along with other bits and bobs to make their own.