Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Celebrations in Holly class!

We have had a lovely and busy week full of celebrations in Holly Class. We have celebrated being back together after a week off, with Diwali and Bonfire Night! 

It was so lovely to hear about everyone's half term adventures on Monday. All of the children worked hard to be respectful listeners and then enjoyed sharing their news with each other when it was their turn. 

It was the Hindu festival of Diwali on Thursday, so this week we have learnt the story of Rama and Sita and found out why it is called the Festival of Light. We enjoyed watching some videos showing us lots of ways that Diwali is celebrated and then we took part in some of these traditions ourselves. We made a huge Rangoli pattern on the playground with the Acorn children and particularly enjoyed making our own Diva lanterns with some beautiful autumn leaves. 

The children have been brilliant mathematicians this week. Year 1 have been working on addition and learnt about the part part whole model, whilst the Reception children have been recognising numerals to 10 and went on a number hunt all around the school grounds to see where they could spot them! This week we have also enjoyed sharing the story Room on the Broom; retelling it by creating little books, spotting the rhyming words and a creative challenge to design and then build their own magnificent broom. There were some lovely creative ideas whizzing around!

 Today we had a very special forest school morning as it is Bonfire Night tonight. Everyone came to school wrapped up warmly in their forest school clothes and after assembly we went out to the fire pit.  First we found out about how to keep safe around fire and then we had our very own bonfire here at school. It was very exciting to watch the fire build up and then the sticks start to turn white as they got really hot. Some of the children used a new word we have learnt this week to describe something really hot and said it was 'scorching hot'. We used the heat from the fire to boil water for hot chocolate first and then each toasted our own marshmallow. It was the very best way to celebrate Bonfire Night together.