Nativity Tickets

If you have not yet let the school office know how many tickets you would like for the KS1 Nativity Performances taking place on Wednesday 13th December at 6pm and Thursday 14th December at 2pm, please could you complete the form below and return it to the school office as soon as possible. In the first instance tickets are limited to a maximum of 4 per family over the 2 performances. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for additional tickets once everyone has had the chance to order theirs, please let us know by indicating this on the form.

Please could you let the school office have this information by this Friday so that we can start allocating tickets to those on the waiting list next week.

Nativity Letter – Tickets

Nativity Costumes

If your child has been asked to provided a costume for the nativity performance, please can they bring it into school by Friday 8th December.

If you have it ready before that date, please feel free to send them in from Monday. Please ensure that they are in a plastic bag, which is clearly labelled.

We appreciate parents providing costumes. For the past few years we have managed to sort out a costume for all the children but some of them are now looking very well-worn.

Many thanks,

Mrs Morris & Mrs Fox

Spelling Shed – Year 2

Please encourage your child to use Spelling Shed to learn the new spelling patterns taught in Year 2.

Log in details can be found in the front of their yellow reading record.

I have set assignments for each new spelling pattern, covered in class.

Once they have logged on, they need to click on ‘View’ in the ‘Assignments’ box. (See below)

I will check the activity of each child, every week and the children can see how they are doing on the class league table.

It does have a big impact on their spelling skills!

5 – 10 minutes each day, if possible. Please let me know if you have any issues with Spelling Shed.

Many thanks.

Games – Number Facts/Number Bonds

Here are some great resources to help the children with their maths. I have shown them how to use the games and would encourage them to have a go at home.

Many thanks

Number Fact Families

Save the Whale – Learn your number bonds to 5,6,7,8,9 & 10

Hit the Button – Number bonds/Times Tables

Mental Maths Train

Paint the Squares – 100 Square games


Art work

Grasshoppers have been learning about ‘Pop art’ this term. We have focused on the artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The children have created two different self portraits and repeated the image to create an Andy Warhol inspired piece of work.
They have also designed their own comic book style onomatopoeia word. In the background, the children have used the Ben-Day dot technique, which both Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein used in their work.
We also created digital ‘Pop art’ images of the children with a superhero background.

Forest School Visitor

In our Forest School session yesterday afternoon, we were very lucky to have a visitor, called Lucy. She came to talk to the children about dormice as there have been signs of them on our site. Hazel nuts had been found that had the tell-tale signs that they had been eaten by dormice. The children examined nuts to see if they could find those that had a smooth inner rim with tooth marks at an angle to the hole on the surface.

The children were able to see a scale replica of a dormouse made out of wool. Lucy has put up two nest boxes in the forest school site which any dormice can use for hibernation. The children looked at a nest which had been made by a dormouse. They use stripped bark, leaves and moss and weave them tightly, forming a sphere.

Lucy also set up a footprint tunnel so that we can look for evidence of the dormice. This has ink inside and a strip of paper so footprints can be recorded. The ink is made out of charcoal and olive oil.

We had a really enjoyable afternoon and learnt a lot about this shy, nocturnal animal.

To read more about dormice click on the link below.

Forest school

In Grasshoppers, the children will continue to have a Forest School session, with Mrs Rollings.

This will be on a Monday afternoon, starting on Monday 18th September.

The class will be split into two groups, which will alternate each week.

Please can all children have a waterproof coat in school for break times and Forest School.

Children coming to school in PE shorts may want to bring some long leggings or tracksuit bottoms with them to wear during Forest School but we do have waterproof trousers available to wear as well.

I will send an email to say which group your child is in and when their first session will be.

Many thanks.

Spelling Shed, Numbots & TTRS Homework

As part of your child’s homework they will have access to Spelling Shed, Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars.

Your child has their log in details for these games in the front of their yellow reading records.

Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars have the same log in details.

Children in Year 1 can use Numbots. Year 2 children should continue on Numbots and after Christmas can begin to use TTRS as well.

Spelling Shed will help your child learn the ‘Common Exception’ words that they need to be able to read and spell by the end of Key Stage 1. It will also help to support them with spelling words containing all the sounds and letter patterns from Phases 2 – 6.

I can see how many times each child has accessed these games throughout the week and so will check on a Thursday that children are completing Spelling Shed and Numbots.

If you have any problems accessing any of the games, please get in touch.

Welcome back Grasshoppers!

Welcome back!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Summer break and enjoyed spending time with your families.

Hopefully, you all feel refreshed and ready for the new school year ahead!

Please find below some information about the ‘Grasshoppers’ class.

Monday – Thursday, the class is taught by Mrs Nicky Morris.

On a Friday, the class will be taught by Mrs Claire Wright.

Grasshoppers will be supported in class, at various times, by Mrs Markall, Mr Smith or Mrs Robinson.

This year, we have 26 children in class: 22 Year 2 children and 4 Year 1 children.


PE Days

Monday: Gymnastics & Dance (Indoor PE kit)

Friday: Games (Outdoor PE kit)

Water bottles

Please can water bottles be plastic, not metal and they must have non spill spouts. Children need to have a clean water bottle in school every day.

Bags and Coats

The children will need one bag for their belongings which will be placed in the cloakroom at the start of the day. They will bring their reading book, reading record and water bottle into the classroom only. There will be a box outside the classroom for lunchboxes to be stored.

Children must bring a warm, waterproof coat every day. They will be going outside at playtime whatever the weather.

Please ensure that all belongings are named, especially school jumpers, cardigans, coats and bags.


Long hair (below shoulder length) should be tied back. Hair should be kept out of children’s eyes using headbands or clips.

Trinkets and toys

Please can you ensure that the children do not bring into school trinkets or other small toys from home.


The children will be expected to read regularly throughout the week and have their record signed by an adult.

The children must bring their reading record and reading book to school every day. They need to bring them into class and place them in the blue box.


Homework is reading, learning the spellings for their year groups and learning their times tables. To support them to do this they will have access to ‘Spelling Shed’, ‘Numbots’ and ‘Times Table Rock Stars’.

I will give the children log in details for these and put more detailed information about spellings and times tables at the beginning of term.

(You can also find our school ‘Homework Policy’ on the school website.)

Please look out for regular updates on the Grasshoppers page of the school website. Here you will find reminders, photographs and information about the curriculum we follow in class.

All this information can also be found in the ‘Information’ section on our Grasshoppers class page.


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email, send a note or arrange a telephone call/ appointment via the school office.

Our class email address which you can contact me directly on is:

Many thanks,

Mrs Nicky Morris

Click on the link below for a clearer view.

Autumn Term Overview – Superheroes

Grasshoppers – Forest School – Monday 10th July

As Monday will be the last Forest School session of the school year we will be taking the whole class.

Please could the children wear or have with them clothing that will cover their arms and legs. The forecast shows some light rain for Monday afternoon, at the moment, so please could the children have a coat available.
Many thanks


Tractor Visit

Yesterday afternoon, Grasshoppers were treated to a visit from Mr & Mrs Preece and their two tractors.
A 71 year old Ferguson and a John Deere, for the children to have a look at and compare. They were able to ask lots of questions about the two tractors and took to the seats to try them out for size! This complemented our work this term on farming.
The children also spent some time sketching the tractors.

Thank you very much!

Bodenham Arboretum trip

On Wednesday, Grasshoppers went on their class trip to Bodenham Arboretum, in Kidderminster.

Our day began with a guided tour of the arboretum with Sandra, Forest School leader. She talked to the children about all the different species of trees, some native and some non-native. We continued our tour with a visit to the working farm, which sits in the middle of the arboretum. The children enjoyed looking at all the animals. We looked at the old and new barns and Sandra talked about how farming methods have changed over the years.

We then walked over to the Forest School site for a session there. The children had a wonderful range of activities to choose from. Den building, bug hunting, clay modelling, weaving, natural printing with leaves, mud kitchen and rope climbing. They also toasted bread on the camp fire and had it with jam or honey from Sandra’s bees. After our session, we sat around the fire pit and had our lunch.

After lunch, we said goodbye to Sandra and went on our own walk before heading back to the coach.

We really enjoyed our day!


Bodenham Arboretum trip

Please ensure your child is prepared for the hot weather forecast tomorrow when we go on our class trip to the arboretum.
We will be outdoors all day so the children will need sun cream applied before they arrive at school. Please clearly label water bottles, sun hats/caps and lunch boxes.

We will try to keep in the shade as much as possible.
Many thanks


Marmalade Loaf Cake

In English, Grasshoppers have been listening to Paddington Bear stories. We have also been learning about the famous landmarks of modern London after exploring how the city changed, after the ‘Great Fire’. We have enjoyed seeing these landmarks in the stories of Paddington.

This morning, some of the Grasshoppers made two marmalade loaf cakes.
They went down very well, with the children happy to have a second piece!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break.

Fire Service Talk

Yesterday afternoon, the Grasshoppers were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Bloore from West Midlands Fire Service.

We explored the fire fighting methods in 1666 compared to modern day. We also looked at how fire engines, uniform and equipment has changed and developed over the years.

Mr Bloore brought in his uniform for the children to look at and try on! We agreed that it is very heavy and hot to wear and that fire fighters do an incredible job in our communities.

The children were also taught about dangers and hazards in the home and the fire safety technique –  Stop, Drop, Roll.

We would like to thank Mr Bloore for his time visiting us, we really enjoyed the afternoon.


Grasshoppers have been doing some brilliant gymnastics, this term. I’ve been really impressed with their focus and determination. They have also worked very well with their partners and supported each other to achieve the correct body position and helped each other to make improvements.