Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Oak Class Go Bell Boating!

"Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" Mole (from Wind in the Willows) perfectly described our day out on Tuesday - we had a great time on the river. The weather was perfect, the views were extraordinary and the children were fabulous. We all improved our oar skills over the day, some more than others, as we learnt very quickly how to steer and stop the boats from heading into the river bank. Going through the lock was a first for many of the children, they loved experiencing the change in water level and learning about the lock gate mechanism. All signs of nerves were gone very quickly, some even showed off their amazing sense of balance by walking along the 'catwalk' (the platform between the seats) After a picnic on the river bank, the afternoon comprised of a trip up the river in the opposite direction and progressed to steering when standing up. There was lots of splashing, lots of giggles and some great team work on show. All in all a fabulous experience.

Back at school, the Year 5 children had a challenge to get round the world, beating their partner to the finish. They had to draw angles (practising their protractor skills) and the first to get to 360 degrees was the winner - it got very competitive. Year 4's have continued to develop their knowledge of position and direction and have been translating the letters in their name on a grid and playing battleships using all 4 quadrants of a grid. We also took maths outside where we made different angles on the playground and took this opportunity to refresh all the vocabulary associated with geometry.
Sports Day was another success, it was great to welcome all the parents back for the first time since 2019. It was brilliant to see all the fun events, the running races and the field events in the afternoon. We had some very tired children on Thursday after 2 fun days out of class. 
We were treated to a brilliant guitar performance of 'Smoke On The Water' by Leo and Charlie in assembly on Thursday. They are learning 'Rock Guitar' with Mr Clements and it was great to see how far they have progressed with their skills. The audience were wowed by the mini rock concert.
Still lots of fun to come next week: last session of Bikeability on Monday, Year 5 Cluster Rounders on Tuesday and Leavers treat on Thursday. It will soon be the last week ... not much Year 5 time left (sob sob).