Large scale art work – Uluru

Alongside the art work we have been doing in class, linked to our topic of Australia, we have been working on a large scale painting of Uluru.
The children have used a dot painting technique to create features of the picture.
They also used watercolours and the dot technique to create the birds around the painting.
Year 1 children added the finished touches on Monday.

Art Workshop

We have been very lucky to have Rory McCann, our mural artist, visiting school for the day. He has returned to deliver art workshops in different classes.
Our workshop, in Grasshoppers, was called ‘Koala up a Tree’.

Rory demonstrated how to mix and apply watercolour paint. Also, how to create highlights, how to create textures by layering the paint and the importance of putting your own interpretation into your art work.
We learnt some new skills, which we will be able to apply to our work in the future, and we had a lovely morning.

Well done Grasshoppers!

Grasshoppers Daily Plan Friday 18th February Remote Learning

Good Morning Grasshoppers.

Attached is the plan for today’s remote learning. All the links you need are included within the plan, they are in blue and just need selecting. Please send in any photographs of completed activities to the Grasshoppers email address and I will respond

Week 7 18.2.22 Remote Learning.

I hope you all have a super day.

Stay safe.

Mrs Cains

‘Animal Man’ Visit

Yesterday afternoon, the Grasshoppers had a visit from Simon, from Corner Exotics. We all learnt so much about the world and the animals that live in it. In particular, those from Australia and those animals with similar adaptations.

It was a wonderful experience and the children were very enthusiastic about touching and holding a variety of animals.

A blue tongued skink, carpet python, black ring-neck snake, boa constrictor, Madagascar cockroach, pygmy hedgehog, chinchilla, scorpion, giant spiny stick insect, Avicularia tarantula, salmon pink bird-eater tarantula, Honduran curly haired tarantula, Australian green tree frog, African bullfrog, Horsefield tortoise and an East Australian bearded dragon.

We will be exploring some of the issues that Simon talked about and researching some of the animals further, in the classroom.

I think the photographs show how much the children enjoyed the visit!

Welcome back!

Welcome to the Spring term!

Happy New Year to you all, I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas break.

Please have a look at our class information page for a reminder of PE days, water bottles, reading books and other useful information.

Our topic for the Spring term is ‘Australia‘.

You can also find the curriculum overview below, on the information page.

(Click on the link below for a clearer view.)

Australia Curriculum Overview Spring term 2022

Spelling Shed

Please can the children ensure that they do use Spelling Shed throughout the week to learn the phonic sounds or spelling patterns that have been taught each week.

Miss Relph sets assignments for the Year 1 children, as they have their phonic session with her.

For the Year 2 children, each spelling pattern that they have been taught in class will be set as an assignment but there are very few children accessing these, each week.

The log in details for your child will be in their blue reading record. Please get in touch if you have any problems.

Many  thanks for your support.

Money Games

This week, in our maths work we have been focusing on money.  Please find below some money games that I have shown the children in class. The children were keen to play them at home and will help support their learning.

Many thanks.

Coin Calculator

Toy Shop

Coins Game

Pay using 1 coin game

Nativity – A Miracle In Town!

This week, the children have been given their lines to learn for our class nativity.

Please could you support your child to learn their lines. Those children with narrator parts do not need to learn their lines off by heart, but they do need to be very familiar with the words so that they can read them fluently and confidently.

Unfortunately, we will have to video our performance to be viewed online, as we did last year. We all feel very disappointed that we can’t do a proper performance, this year, but we are still having fun learning the songs and rehearsing our parts. Fingers crossed that next year we will be back on stage with an audience.

Many thanks for your support.


Number bonds at home

Please could the children continue their learning at home by having a go at the games to help them learn their number bonds.

Click on the link below for a list of resources.

Games to help you learn your number bonds

Start with your number bonds to 10. You need to know them so you can instantly recall pairs of number that go together to make 10.

If this is tricky, find pairs of number that total 1 – 9 first.

Eg, Number bonds to make 5.

5 + 0, 0 + 5, 4 + 1, 1 + 4, 3 + 2, 2 + 3

If you are confident with these numbers try your number bonds to 20.

Year 2 children that are confident with 20 can move onto number bonds to 100.

A number bond is just a pair of numbers that go together to make a total.


Year 1: Phonics Practice

The Year 1s in Fireflies and Grasshoppers have been working hard with their phonics this half term and have learnt all the following phonemes:

/ea/ /oe/ /au/ /ew/ /ay/ /ie/ /ou/  /ey/ /wh/ /ph

We have set some practice assignments up on Spelling Shed for them and it would be really helpful if they could practice at least one game daily – as little and often practice is the best way to ensure new information gets stored in the long term memory.

All children should have their Spelling Shed log-ins to access the games.

We will also be setting spelling lists for the tricky (common exception) words – and with these words, children can earn certificates with the points that they amass!  Each point they earn goes towards their “Shed Score” – and this is the total of scores for the past rolling 7-day period.

All children start as an egg and can work their way up to a Royal Bee!