It is hard to believe that our third week back at school has almost come and gone already! It has been a very busy week in Grasshoppers.

In numeracy we have been exploring place value, making sure our counting is accurate and enjoying subitising and estimating. Please ask about subitising and estimating; it is really good for our learning if we need to explain what something means. Having a dice handy for subitising is helpful! We are linking our counting and knowledge of numbers to measuring, weighing and to our topic; for example, if you have ten fingers and thumbs and ten toes, how many is this altogether? Do you need to count in ones? If you do, then you are ‘doing too much work’. This phrase usually catches everyone’s attention! We are also thinking about time: days, weeks, months and years as well as telling the time. Please ask to hear the days of the week song. We are using this to help us learn the order of the days in a week.

Please can children in Year 1 bring in photographs of themselves as babies and toddlers? Please name the photos. We are thinking about time bringing change and seeing how we have changed ourselves is a powerful way of beginning to understand this concept. Everyone in Grasshoppers is watching the changes on our school field closely. We have each written a message which will be buried in the foundations of the new school building. Thinking about these being discovered in the future, perhaps when the children are a hundred years old, brought lots of gasps and open mouths during discussion; luckily, no-one asked if I had reached that age already!

We have enjoyed hot seating and making freeze frames as a part of our literacy lessons this week. In hot seating, we take turns to be a character in the story and answer questions as the character. In freeze framing, we work collaboratively in small groups to choose a scene from the story and create that scene with our bodies for the rest of the class to identify. We are naturals at both skills. Well done Grasshoppers!

In Science we have found out more about how our eyes work this week. This morning we have an extra member of the class to look at and draw! The skeleton will probably have us singing ‘Your hip bone’s connected to your thigh bone’ ! We shall be enjoying the Funnybones stories as well. We have also been thinking a lot about how we keep ourselves healthy and fit. You may have been treated to our Harvest rap already!

Everyone in Grasshoppers is settling in really well; splendid!

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.

Catherine Thomas

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