Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Oak Week Beginning 6th November 

In English lessons this week, Oak Class have been studying some examples of war poetry and seeing how they use emotive language. We have written our own poems reflecting emotions that often accompany conflict. They have also helped us to embed our SPAG knowledge of word classes. The poems we wrote are called Diamante and have a particular structure, using just nouns, adjectives and verbs. The overall look of the poem creates a diamond shape. We wrote them onto a poppy to gives them extra significance. Look in the gallery for some examples.

Our new topic in Maths is Multiplication and Division and our first lesson revised how we can represent multiples using the concrete resources. The children worked in pairs to make multiples of six in 5 different ways. It made some of them think very carefully. We have also been practising our times tables recall by watching video clips on Super Movers and playing a time limit game against each other which they love!

The highlight of the week was the very special assembly, led by the Year 5's to commemorate Remembrance. They did a wonderful job reading beautifully and explaining to the rest of the school the significance of this special date. They made all the staff exceedingly proud and their performance was really appreciated by the adults in the audience.

In our Science lessons we have had a big launch of our new topic all about rocks. The children are bursting with enthusiasm for this topic and it has really caught their interest. We have set our Big Question; Why don't all rocks look the same? and we have already started investigating this answer. The children now know the three rock types - igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary - and they are starting to understand how they are formed and name examples of each of these rock types. We went to look at rocks in the local environment during our forest school session, we started off looking at some stone walls and then studying the weathering on the headstones in the church yard. Finishing up with toasted marshmallows around the fire pit in the playground!  

This first week has flown by filled with all the new challenges they have been met with. We have also welcomed a first year BEd student from Gloucester University to Oak Class, Miss Fox has been a real hit with the class especially when they found out about her skills as a semi professional footballer! She will be with us for three weeks this term then return in the Spring term for a longer placement.

Next week has a kindness focus and there are lots of enrichment tasks to support this. We will also all be taking part in a cross country event with all the Year 4 and 5 children in our cluster. Phew, I'm exhausted just thinking about it!!