Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

23 24 Hawthorn Wb 15th January

We've had another busy - if chilly - week in Hawthorn class!
In English, we're continuing our work based on the text, 'Fatou Fetch the Water'. The children have been playing detective, spotting clues that tell us the story is set in Africa and tracking Fatou's journey around her village. We've also begun to look at how they can add imaginative detail to their sentences by creating noun phrases.
In maths, both year groups have been working on number lines, with Year 1s using number lines to 20, while their Year 2 counterparts have drawn their own empty number lines for subtraction. 
This half term in computing, our focus is programming, for which we're using the BeeBots. The children had lots of fun creating programs for them to go forwards and backwards along a 2D shape track. Next, we'll move on to left and right turns, and also plan to use them to develop our understanding of the four main compass directions - linking brilliantly with our geography-based topic.
And speaking of topic, on Tuesday the children started to find out more about our oceans and labelled them on a map of the world. Do take a look at the photo of our class display featuring their creative interpretations of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'. They look even better in real life!
We continued with our science topic of Plants and used our observation skills to look at several different types.  We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the leaves, stems and flowers and then we drew an accurate observational drawing of one of them.  It was amazing to see how different each of the plants were!
In PE we started our new unit, Country Dancing!  The children worked in sets and they learned how to swing their partners and move up the set as part of a dance called the gallopede.  They had a super time!