Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Hawthorn wb 4th April

We had an incredibly exciting start to the week on Monday when a real-life explorer came to call! Matt Peacey is travelling to a previously unexplored glacier in Nepal next month to carry out some scientific research. He very kindly put together a presentation for the children and brought in much of the equipment he will need on his travels to show them. It will take his party seven days to walk to their chosen destination even before they set foot on the glacier! The children were thrilled to hear about his plans and asked some interesting and probing questions about the expedition. We presented Matt with a special Ashton under Hill First School flag signed by all the children which he has promised to take with him. We're looking forward to finding out how he gets on and are hoping he'll come back to share his experiences with the children later on in the summer.

We continued our explorers theme in English as the children found out all about the life and travels of Mary Kingsley, who journeyed to West Africa back in 1893 - a very unusual pursuit for a young lady at the time! She enjoyed many exciting adventures and encountered some incredible animals and people during her expedition. 

In maths, Year 1s continued their focus on numbers up to 100 while Year 2s practised finding fractions of amounts.

In our final RE lesson about Jewish life, the children very much enjoyed putting their artistic talents to use decorating a Hanukkiah - also known as a Hanukkah Menorah. What a creative and talented bunch they are!

Finally in our Music lesson we continued listening to music with a Bossa Nova rhythm starting with Oye Como Va by Santana (there was lots of dancing in the room) and then we used the hand chimes, chime bars and boomwhackers to play along with our Bossa Nova song, Round and Round.  First we followed the music and after that we improvised.  Lots of fun was had by all!