Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together


Willow- Week Beginning 10th October 2022

This week as part of our English lessons, the children have been learning about the features of an information text. We have learned how and why pyramids were built and what they looked like. We have explored technical vocabulary and using conjunctions to improve our sentences. Next week, we will write our own using all the features we have learned. As part of our maths the children have been learning how to use column addition and subtraction to help them solve calculations. 

In our art lessons, the children have been learning to draw life like human figures. We learned how to show movement in art, and we experimented with different proportions when drawing a figure. We will use these skills to create a final piece next week. As part of our PSHE lesson, we learned the meaning of family and what the word means to the children. We drew pictures of our family and came up with various adjectives for our PSHE floor book. 

In Science, the children planned an experiment to find out what happens to our teeth when we eat sugary snacks and drinks. We learned what happens to the enamel of our teeth and what we can do to keep them healthy and strong. We will carry out this investigation using eggs and various liquids to see what happens to the shell of the egg.

and on Friday ........ we have been time travelling and transported the children back in time 100 years to 1922 - to the time when Howard Carter first discovered the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

The children, (in both Oak and Willow Classes), became archaeologists and in small groups were allowed the enter the sacred tomb of the infamous pharaoh. They had to crawl through the tunnels to enter the burial chamber and examine the feast of treasures on display. Their mission was to describe and draw the many different artefacts to the rest of their archaeologist colleagues with the aim to produce some detailed field sketches of what they had found. They took it in turns to explore the different chambers and select the artefacts that fascinated them the most.

After all their exploring was completed, they then took their field sketches and photographs back to their research stations and used the information gathered to make some inferences about what they had found. They were tasked to answer the following questions about a few of the artefacts:

What do you think it is?    What do you think it was used for?  What materials is it made from?    What does it tell us about life in Ancient Egypt?   Who do you think used it?  Is there a modern-day equivalent?

It was a fun way to learn all about the excavation of this ancient tomb, the children really enjoyed crawling through the mock up tunnel, using their torches to find out as much as they could in the time. Real life history detectives in action!!

Check out the gallery for some pictures of this activity and the work they produced.