Welcome to The Orchard
We are an Independent Special School, based on 4 separate sites in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire.
Our nurturing principles bring out the very best in our learners who thrive in an environment of enrichment and unconditional positive regard.
Useful resource for explaining the Coronavirus to younger children. ... See MoreSee Less
🌈😄SMILING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY!!!😄🌈
On a lovely fresh Saturday morning like today, we thought it would be great to share a few magic moments from this week at our Orchard school! 📸
It’s been great to see so many of our families meeting this challenge and crisis head on, what’s even more inspiring is seeing them smile in the face of adversity whilst still supporting each other! 😄💚
Checkout a sample of pictures we received this week, congratulations to all our learners and their families, you’re doing an amazing job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Have a great day and weekend everyone. 👍🏻
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🌈🌈TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT THIS VIRUS!!!🌈🌈
It’s been a difficult week across the country and especially for the schools still trying to support all their learners. 🙏🏽😊
At the Orchard we have ensured every child as access to:
✅ Bespoke learning packages with all the resources they need to complete work every single day with support from their tutors & support team.
✅ A home delivery service to ensure all learners have a healthy balanced lunch daily!
✅ Therapeutic support for all learners and parents through our super therapist Gemma from Fortis Therapy! 👌🏻😊
✅ We also have been supporting any of our learners families that are isolating by doing their shopping for them and delivering it to their doorstep whenever they are in need.
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We wanted to ensure that school doesn’t stop for our learners it just looks a little bit different throughout this difficult time. 🙏🏽ℹ️ 📚
We have had some fantastic feedback to the amazing work our team has carried out this week and we wanted to share this video with you all from one of our parents! 😊💚
Congratulations to our amazing children and families you’re doing a great job, together we will beat this virus.
Everyone at the Orchard School💚🌈💚🌈💚
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WORTH A READ - EXPLAINS MORE THAN WE KNEW
From an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University
Not really feeling sick and do not want to be..but if you are feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...
It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.
Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.
Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..
H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.
Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.
And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..
That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater...And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.
Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...
And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.
Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not needed right now.
#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on. To copy and paste, hold your hand on the text till copy appears, then go to your page and hold you finger down again till paste appears. ... See MoreSee Less
We would like to update that we are still monitoring government and LA guidance regarding the current pandemic.
In preparation for any changes to school, we are creating specific subject and key stage work packs for all students to complete. If the school is closed these will be provided for all students to maintain their education whilst at home. These will be monitored externally by all class teachers.
We will continue to use this school Facebook Page and our school website to communicate with our school community, as well as phone calls and texts home.
For those students who like to access additional online learning, and for any parents/carers worrying about work and revision for their child we have put together a list of FREE online resources.
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures or self-isolation due to coronavirus.
Worksheets and PowerPoints that can be used to revise. hey are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures, use the specific logon www/twinkl.co.uk/offers with the password UKTWINKLHELPS
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Educational online games
Worksheets and powerpoints that can be used to revise.
Take care and please ensure you are following the latest guidance in keeping yourself safe and healthy.
Any questions please consult the Facebook page, website or call the school, 01472 898498. ... See MoreSee Less
Parents/Carers Information – The Orchard School is currently following Government guidance in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak. We receive daily emails from the Department for Education and North East Lincolnshire Council with updates about any changes in advice for Schools.
We have ensured that all toilets, individual classes and social areas have anti-bacterial handwash. We encourage students to regularly wash their hands but particularly on arrival at school, after visiting the toilet, before lunch and if they cough or sneeze.
Please help us keep everyone safe by encouraging that your child follows basic hygiene practices and wash their hands before leaving home in the morning.
If your child is displaying any symptoms, fever, cough, short of breath. Please do not send them into school and follow advice via the NHS website and call school.
The school is preparing a full subject homework package which can be made available in order to limit any disruption to their education. This will be rolled out extensively should government advice change in relation to the closure of Schools. ... See MoreSee Less