Time Games

In maths, we have been learning how to tell the time.

Please find links below to some games, which will support this learning.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/time/teaching-clock

BBC Bitesize – Time Resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhk82hv

Clocking In Game

https://firstlook.educationcity.com/content/Activity/index/25812

Telling the time in words

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/117/telling_the_time_in_words#

Hickory Dickory Dock Time Game

https://ictgames.com/mobilePage/hickoryDickory/index.html

Corner Exotics – Simon Airey

This afternoon, Grasshoppers and Fireflies 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.

A blue tongued skink, carpet python, boa constrictor, hedgehog, chinchilla, scorpion, giant spiny stick insect, tarantulas, Australian green tree frog, African bullfrog, leopard gecko and an East Australian bearded dragon.

We all had a great afternoon and the children were fearless!

 

Easter Fun

Have a lovely Easter break with your families, Grasshoppers

I was told about the Easter Festival at The British Ironwork Centre by Carla. Kids get in free!

There are a few other events below too. Have fun!

https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/visit-us/

Homemade Easter Festival🐣, The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry, 29 March  to 30 March | AllEvents.in

https://www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/event/castle-dragons-eggs-trail/

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https://www.ludlowcastle.com/events/easter-trail/

Advert for the Easter Egg Trail at Ludlow Castle, with eggs and rabbits ears!

 

Ludlow Library (@LudlowLibrary) / X

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–shropshire/easter/

Easter Storytime & Craft at Booka Bridgnorth

Animal Man Visit – Grasshoppers and Fireflies

Grasshoppers and Fireflies are having a visitor on the first day back after Easter: the Animal Man.

 

As this may involve some direct interaction with the animals, could any parents/carers with children with allergies to any animals fill in the following form: https://forms.office.com/e/JDYdm3NjE9

 

Science – Alive/Dead/Once Alive/Never Alive

Grasshoppers have enjoyed learning about what makes something alive and sorting objects into groups depending on whether they are ‘Alive’, ‘Dead / Once Alive’ or ‘Never Alive’. There are some great activities on the BBC Bitesize website that they might like to try with you at home to help embed their learning.

Dead, living and non-living – BBC Bitesize

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Maths Games

In class, I have shown the Year 2 children how to play these games to support their multiplication work, at home.

I will also send home information about TTRS, next week, as the Year 2 children can begin accessing this, if they haven’t already. They should begin on their 2, 5 and 10 times tables, before progressing onto their 3 times table.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

 

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

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

Hopefully, you all feel refreshed and ready for the Spring term ahead.

Our topic for this term is ‘Australia’.

Click on the link below for a clearer view.

Australia Curriculum Overview Spring 2024

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 Katherine Brescianini.

Grasshoppers will be supported in class, at various times, by Mrs Markall, Mrs Robinson, Miss Burton and Mrs Moreton.

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.

 

Hair

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.

 

Reading

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

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’.

The children have log in details for these but if you have any problems, please get in touch.

(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: grasshoppers@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk

Many thanks,

Mrs Nicky Morris

Forest School tomorrow

A reminder that all of Grasshoppers will be going to Forest School tomorrow afternoon.
Please can they be dressed appropriately with warm clothing, covering arms and legs, and a waterproof coat.
Many thanks

Dress rehearsal & Evening performance – Wednesday 13th December

Tomorrow is our nativity dress rehearsal and evening performance, for Key Stage One children.

Please could all the children be back at school for 5.30pm.

There are 6 costumes that are still outstanding for children in Fireflies. Please let us know if you are having difficulty providing one and we will help. 

Please could the girls have their hair tied back tomorrow.

Many thanks.

 

 

Nativity Performance Tickets

There are still tickets available for both Nativity performances and all the waiting list requests have been sent down to class today.

Please contact the school office if you would like any additional tickets or you have not yet ordered any.

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

Forest School Session

Grasshoppers will all be going to Forest School on Monday 18th December, in the afternoon.

Please can the children have clothing and coats suitable for the weather conditions.

Many thanks

Have you got odd trainers?

Please can you check at home if your child has returned wearing odd trainers. Some children took their trainers off after lunch as it was raining and two pairs of trainers have been muddled up!

Please can you return them tomorrow.

Many thanks

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.

grasshoppers@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk

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

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

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

https://www.ictgames.com/saveTheWhale/index.html

Hit the Button – Number bonds/Times Tables

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Mental Maths Train

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Paint the Squares – 100 Square games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares

 

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.

https://ptes.org/campaigns/dormice/

Forest School – Monday 9th October

On Monday, we will be taking the whole class to forest school as we have a visitor coming to talk to the children about dormice.

Please can the children have available long leggings/tracksuit bottoms and a long sleeved top/jumper so their arms and legs are protected.

Many thanks

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.

https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/

https://play.numbots.com/

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

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.

grasshoppers@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk

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.

Hair

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.

Reading

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

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: grasshoppers@brownclee.shropshire.sch.uk

Many thanks,

Mrs Nicky Morris

Click on the link below for a clearer view.

Autumn Term Overview – Superheroes

Bag for books

Please could your child bring a sturdy plastic or canvas shopping bag into school tomorrow or Thursday, to take their school books home in.

Many thanks

Art Work

Grasshoppers have created some brilliant art work this year. We have really enjoyed being inspired by the artists we have focused on such as Paul Klee, Stephen Wiltshire, Lottie Reiniger, Mary White and William Morris.