Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Willow Class wb 23/10/2023

This week we combined our Food Technology with our Topic to create Stone Age jewellery out of biscuits. First, we began by identifying the symbols and images which represented the lifestyle of hunter gathers before designing six different symbols that could make up our jewellery. We worked together to make our biscuit dough, create templates for our chosen designs and then baked them before threading them onto string. The childrens' designs were effective and they tasted even better! 

On Wednesday, the whole school took part in ECO day which was based on life in Peru. In the morning Mrs Sheils talked to us all about Machu Picchu and the geography surrounding this fascinating site. We then split into groups to carry out research all about different Peruvian animals which could be found in the rainforest. We had to create information pages which included their habitats, what they ate and what their special features are. As part of our work on Peru, we looked at traditional Peruvian music, focusing on the panpipes. We listened to some different panpipe music and then used  boomwhackers to investigate how they work. We learnt that the shorter the pipe, the higher the pitch. We then measured and cut straws to create our own panpipes before decorating them, taking inspiration from traditional Peruvian patterns. 

In English, we have been writing about journeys as part of our poetry work on 'The River' text. We tried to apply our knowledge of the Stone Age to our poetry unit and worked together to build in expanded nouns and prepositions to create a detailed poem describing a Mesolithic site. In Maths, the children have continued to work on written column methods for addition and subtraction, ensuring we recognised the value of each column and were accurate with our calculations.