Attendance & Punctuality

Well done to Year 2 who achieved 💯% attendance during week commencing 28/02 – an amazing effort! Our school average was 97.5%, above our school target of 97.2%. Keep it up! Year 1 accrued zero lates during the same week too! #WJISRR 📈✅⏰🗓️

401 Challenge Update

Nearly 45K miles travelled in the @the401challenge so far…… There is only 0.5 miles difference between Years 3 and 2 in 2nd and 3rd place respectively! Year 2 are currently in Auburn, Kansas, they can probably see Year 3 in the distance! Keep going everyone! #WJISPESSPA

Ukraine Day own clothes – how it went

Hi everyone!

The kids looked awesome today in their own clothes and it was great to see so many children in yellow and blue supporting Ukraine and the poor people who have been caught in the awful conflict there. Naturally, the motif of the day drew a lot of questions from the children about the war and what it means.

I made the decision to hopefully alleviate some of the possible misconceptions or worries the children have by explaining in simple terms what is happening. This is what I told the class:

  • There is a war between two countries called Ukraine and Russia and Russia is trying to take over the country.
  • Not all Russian people are bad and that a lot of Russian people are against the war just as nearly all countries in the world are.
  • England is a safe country and nobody in this class has anything to be worried or scared about.
  • It is not the responsibility or need for children to think about or worry about wars in other countries. They need to focus on enjoying themselves and having fun, focusing on their learning, and spending time with their friends and family.

Afterwards, I tried to divert conversation away from the topic when the children brought it up in the day. Some of the children did have a reaction to my short explanation but I redirected their thoughts to things they liked and they cheered up. It may be worth checking on your child regarding what they’ve heard from me today about the situation and their thoughts on the matter.


Mr Markham

Cricket T20 Discounted Tickets

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am delighted to inform you that Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School has signed up for Six4Schools again for the Birmingham Bears. Your code remains the same as last year to make it easier to purchase tickets.

What is Six4Schools?

Six4Schools is an initiative by Birmingham Bears which offers adult tickets for only £12 (normally £25) for their T20 matches this summer when using a discount code unique to the school. U12s are always free and 12-15 year olds £5.

Our school will benefit because for every adult ticket sold, the school will receive £6 back. As an example, if we sell 200 adult tickets, we will receive £1200! This is meant to be used to reinvest in the education of the pupils (for e.g., for: computer equipment, playground equipment, or cricket coaching sessions).

It’s a great opportunity for the school and hopefully a chance for you to enjoy the incredible T20 atmosphere at Edgbaston this summer.

To purchase your tickets, follow the instructions below:

1. visit:

2. At the top of the page enter this promotional code: WJIS

3. Select the Birmingham Bears fixture you would like to attend this summer (please note the discount does not apply for the match vs. Worcestershire Rapids on June 24 2022). If you did not enter the promotional code before this can also be done here on the right-hand side of the page.

4. Select the stand in which you would like to purchase your tickets. U16s must be accompanied by an adult and for every 1 adult ticket sold, 5 U16 tickets may be selected.

5. Make your payment using your credit/debit card

You will receive your tickets via email.

As an added bonus, schools that sell over 20 tickets will be entered into a prize draw to win £1000 worth of building supplies from Selco Builders Warehouse.

It would be fantastic to see as many parents as possible take advantage of this offer to head to Edgbaston this summer to watch some exciting cricket and in the process help us win the interactive board!

Yours Sincerely,

Ms Lodge

KS1 Lego Club

KS1 Lego After School Club at Woodthorpe JI School

We are pleased to be able to offer our Lego after school club running from 3:15-4:15 every Monday for 4 weeks from 14th March 2022. This club is open for Years 1&2 and there are a maximum of 15 places available. The club is organised, administered and supported by Kids With Bricks Ltd, an external provider who deliver after school clubs across the whole of the UK.

As well as completing a range of exciting educational challenges, students will have the chance to work both individually and to work in teams. As an added bit of fun, students from the club will also take part in a weekly inter-school LEGO competition where parents can vote for their favourites and points are won for the
national leader board.

The club costs £3.99 +VAT per child per session and is paid for termly in advance. All club places are reserved and paid for online. Just go to to book your child’s place.

Any problems please contact us on 01633 383211 or

Kind regards,

John Gallacher


Non-Uniform – Thursday 10th March 2022

This half term our school value is ‘kindness’. Therefore, our focus is on demonstrating this core value in all that we say and do, how we live our lives and interact with people and the world around us. 

As current events develop and the situation in Ukraine escalates, we cannot ignore the need to support this humanitarian crisis in whatever way we can. So we will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday 10th March for a donation to The British Red Cross who is providing support and aid in Ukraine as a DEC member (Disaster Emergency Committee). The money raised will help The British Red Cross get food, medicine, shelter, first aid, clean water and warm clothing to the people affected by this conflict. (

We appreciate that there are other fundraising charity events coming up in the next few weeks, however, as a Rights Respecting School, we feel we must do all we can to help make a difference.

Please see the link below to support you at home in talking to your child/ren about the crisis in Ukraine and we have also attached a parent pack you may find useful:

How To Talk To Your Child About The War In Ukraine (YoungMinds)

Yours sincerely,

Ms L. McGrath

401 Challenge Update

Year 5 are still out in front in the @the401challenge at the moment, closely followed by Years 2 and 3! After-school clubs start from this week! Year 5 are currently in Augusta, Kansas. Keep up the great work everyone! 🇺🇸 @401foundation #401VirtualSchoolMission #WJISPESSPA