Sunday, 22 July 2012

Goodbye to the class & blog of 2011-12!

Well it's time to say goodbye to the Ash Class blog of 2011-12 - this will be the last post here, although we'll continue to publish any comments you'd like to make. We've had an amazing first year of blogging - nearly 29,000 visits from 94 different countries - you should all be so proud that your work has generated so much interest from around the world! You have been a fabulous class to teach and I am 100% certain that you will be an outstanding Year Six group.

I think my highlight of the year was our trip to Borth (even though it was a bit soggy!), but another highlight has been seeing the tremendous work you have all produced, especially in ICT - videos, iPad music, Sketch-up, Scratch - you have done it all to a fantastically high standard.

You can find the new Ash Class blog for 2012-13 here - please do leave us a comment!

Mr K :-)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Our best Y5 memory!

Thank you Mr K for your teaching and all the jokes you have made.
I hope you enjoy the movie we have put together for you. THANK MR K!!!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

An Olympic Visitor!

Today we had a visit from Alison Williamson, an archer on Team GB for the London Olympics. These will be the sixth Olympics that Alison has competed in - amazing!!! She showed us her bow and arrows, Olympic Torch and also her bronze medal from the Athens games!
Good luck for 2012, Alison!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Team HSM Investigates the Toxic Robot!

Here's the long-awaited final version of our disaster movie:
Team HSM Investigates the Toxic Robot!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Back home from Borth!

What a great few days we've had in Borth! Even though the weather wasn't great, the children were fantastic and had heaps of fun - here's some photos of our trip - we'll get the children to do a full post soon!

Borth day three!

Our final morning in Borth and the weather is WET! Also the tide is high so we're sheltering in the classroom behind the hostel at the moment.
The children have packed their soggy, sandy, smelly clothes into their bags and cleared out their rooms - we have a group of tired but happy children who are ready for some home comforts! We'll be leaving Borth at about 12.30 so should be back at school by 3ish.
The children have been great, although they need bed-making practise before Manor next year!
Mr K :-)

Borth day two!

We all woke up early this morning because we were all excited for the long day ahead. We woke up and ran downstairs to see what the cooks had provided for us. We also found out that we would be going to the Animalarium that morning! We all rushed to get ready and then we were off!
When we got there, we all split up to see what we could find - we all found the meerkats, but there were so many that we couldn't compare them (not simples!). There were goats, a lynx, marmosets, rabbits, peacocks, emus and lots more! A bit later we all sat down and were shown some different reptiles, and even got to hold a massive cobra!
On the way back to the hostel we were lucky that it didn't rain. Later on we went to the beach for a sand castle competition, which Teifi dorm won (well done Karis, Gracie, Elise, Mya, Dana and Molly for their magnificent mermaid)! Then we played games and did whatever we wanted on the beach - it was awesome! Soon after, when we were all showered and warm and had eaten our dinner (curry!), we went down to either watch a dvd (Tangled) our draw or play games. A great, long day!
We'll see you all tomorrow!
By Emelia and Chloe :-)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Meerkats - simples!

Borth day one!

Well the first thing was the journey - it was wet! All the way it was raining! It wasn't much better when we got there, but then we saw the dormitories which were great! Unfortunately we had to make our own beds, it was tough for some... Then we went to the seaside - everybody got sandy and wet! We had a few competitions at there sand dunes (rolling down, climbing up and scrambling up on out hands and knees!) But son we were back for lunch. Afterwards we played on the beach - games, sports and a few sandcastles. In the evening there was a three course meal (soup, tuba pasta, macaroni it baked potato, and finally apple pie and custard - yum, yum!) and some time to rest in the dorms. Then we ended our devils day with a movie night - Gulliver's Travels - a brilliant day!
By Grace and Poppy :-)

Monday, 2 July 2012

Safe, sound and soggy in Borth!

We've arrived in a wet Borth and have had a great walk to the sands dunes. Bed making has been hopeless! BIG NEWS! It has stopped raining at last! Mr K

Saturday, 30 June 2012


Let's hope the weather's not like this!
That's more like it!
So it's nearly time for our trip to Borth - is everyone packed and ready? I'm not!
Here's where we're staying - Borth Youth Hostel - you can click on the link to see their website.
And here's a link to the weather forecast - remember to pack those waterproofs!!!
We'll try to keep in touch via the blog while we're away, but it depends on if the internet's working at the hostel (it hasn't for the past two years!!!).
Mr K :-)

KS2 Shrewsbury Olympics!

We had a fantastic day at the Sports Village on Friday 29th June for the Shrewsbury KS2 Olympics. Mr Holmes, Mr Kenyon, Mrs McClure and Mr Hughes took a group of children who had a great time, taking part in Tri-Golf, Athletics, Cricket, Archery, BMX, Boccia and Wheelchair Basketball! A huge thanks to the parents who drove the children over to the Sports Village and an even huger thanks to the children, who competed and behaved fantastically!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Chloe's 100wc - week 36

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Sam G's 100wc - week 36

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Callum's 100wc - week 36

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Isaac's 100wc - week 36

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Amber's 100wc - week 36

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Oscar's 100wc - week 36

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

D&T at Belvidere!

Here's some snaps from our fantastic D&T days at Belvidere High School - a big thank you to Mrs Cooke and the DT department for a great day!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Grace's Olympics Project!

Here's a wonderful presentation about the Olympics that grace has made for us - excellent work, Grace!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Spellings 25th June 2012!

A bit of a difference this week! You need to learn the rule of removing the 'e' and then adding 'ing' - this should make them simple!

Samantha's 100wc - week 35!

Jack W's 100wc - week 35!

Ester's 100wc - week 35!

Becky's 5sc - wk8!

Independent Work.

Sammy A's 5sc - wk8!

Independent Work.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Ash's Sketch-up skills!

Molly and Sam have been busy at home with Sketch Up recently - here at their designs!

Molly's Dream House from Ash Class on Vimeo.

Sam's Sketch Up villa from Ash Class on Vimeo.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Mya's 100 Word Challenge- Week 35

The noise was terrifying but I managed to sprint out of the house with little strength in my body. My head was throbbing and my ears ached. Cold air flooded into my lungs and I felt the cool breeze blow on my red face. Safe. At last. Though not for long . A sharp screech pierced the air and shot into my ears. The sound made my skin crawl. A shadowy figure emerged from the darkness. “Oh no” I said aloud a gravelly cackle came from the figure in the doorway. I completely froze, my legs wouldn’t move. She came for me then. Right then.

By Mya

Molly's 100 Word Challenge- Week 35

My feet crunched through the undergrowth of Vines Wood. I knew I was being followed, I kept on hearing footsteps padding behind me, every time I stopped, they stopped. Suddenly, there was a deafening squeal. The noise was terrifying but I soon realised it was just my mind making up things. I look around, and all that I can see is trees, they’re surrounding me. I shut my eyes, hoping that everything will go away. I was right, everything did go away. Now, I’m in complete darkness. No one to see, nothing to do. I’m slowly dying, I’m fading away…

By Molly

Friday, 15 June 2012

Lucy's Choir Presentation!

Here's a fantastic presentation that Lucy made - it's about her hobby: singing with the Shropshire Junior Choir! Well done, Lucy!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Trailer for our Disaster Movie!

Inspired by the toxic spillage on the playground (the Feeder Lings, aka Greenfields, virus!), we planned, wrote and filmed a movie - here is the trailer!
Be warned - not for the faint-hearted!!!
Team HSM Investigates... The Toxic Robot from Ash Class on Vimeo.

A fantastic review of James & the Giant Peach!

Review Of James And The Giant Peach! from Ash Class on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Pass the Blog up and running!

Our week in charge of Pass the Blog has got off to a great start! Make sure you visit the site and leave lots of comments by clicking here!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Lauren's Grandparents cruise photos!

Here's a final set of amazing pictures from Lauren's grandparent's cruise!

Film - Don't judge a book by its cover!

Don't Judge a Book... from Ash Class on Vimeo.
Here's the wonderful film the class made based on the work they did on Darwin Day - we had talked about stereotypes and not judging people without getting to know them. The children, Mrs Duly and I then came up with a list of people who may be judged by many people, but may have a surprising side to them!
We hope you enjoy our film - do leave us a comment if you do!
Mr K :-)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

We take over Pass the Blog!

Exciting news! This week Ash Class are taking control of the 'Pass the Blog' website. We will be able to show of our work throughout the whole week, before the blog is passed on to another class in another school!

Pass the Blog is a project where a single blog is shared between 52 schools over the course of 52 weeks. Each  class involved has control of the blog for a week only - I have a teacher log-on and there will be a pupil one for you all to use too!

By the end of the year, the blog will have been passed around schools all over the world! I think that this is a fantastic project and I can't wait for us to show off what we can do!

We are only the second class to take control of the blog - if you want to see what the first class got up to, then click on the picture below!

Spellings Monday 11th June:

Test on Friday 15th June!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Heading Home!

Hi All,
Well our holiday is almost over and it has been the most fantastic experience. The weather has been perfect and when we were having our lunch yesterday we saw some dolphins. We have been told that all the left over food is pulped down and when the ship is a certain distance from the shore the pulped food is discharged into the sea and it helps to feed the fish and other marine life. All the paper, glass, batteries etc, are sorted just as at the recycling plants on land and dealt with in the same way once the ship reaches the shore.
On our visit to Barcelona we saw a church that was designed by Gaudi, they started building it in 1892 and guess what? They are still building it and it will not be completed until 2026, it is called La Sagrada Familia.
Tomorrow we arrive in Southampton and as part of the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, The Queen Elizabeth will meet up with her sister ships, the Queen Mary 2, the most senior and Queen Victoria, just off of Cowes on the Isle of Wight and they will sail up the Solent in formation with the senior ship leading the way.  Then late in the evening the three ships will all set sail together back down the Solent before going their different ways.  As part of the celebrations it is anticipated that lots of small boats will come out and join us on our journey up the Solent, this is the first time that all three Cunard Ships have been together in UK waters.  Later in the day the Red Arrows and Fireworks will also be part of the fun.
Photographs will be following!
Lozzer's G and G.

The Coliseum in Rome:
 The Leaning Tower of Pisa:

Exclusive Trailer for 'Don't Judge'!

Here's an exclusive peek at the trailer for our Darwin Day PSHE movie, 'Don't Judge a Book by its Cover'...
The whole film will be released on Monday 11th June 2012...

Don't Judge - Trailer from Ash Class on Vimeo.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Olympic Torch relay hits Shrewsbury!

On Wednesday the whole school walked to town to see the Olympic Flame work its way through Shrewsbury - all the children should be very proud of themselves as they were a credit to the school (especially during the hour-long wait!).

Ash Class - if you'd like to write a report on the Torch Relay, email it to me and I'll add it to this post!
Mr K :-)


Lauren's granny & grandpa have arrived in Monaco, only a few days after the F1 grand prix was held there!
Here's a photo they sent of the grand prix grandstands being dismantled and their latest update is below:

Hi again,
We have arrived here this morning, the sun is shinning and it is just a few days after the finish of the Grand Prix.  There is still has a lot of disruption around the streets,  with barricades and seats being dismantled.  Will send a few photographs separately.  We went ashore in tenders lowered from the side of the ship as there are no docking facilities for cruise ships in Monaco.  We walked around the harbour and up to the famous Casino that is at Monte Carlo and sat in the sunshine at the Cafe du Paris, next door to the Casino and enjoyed a coffee before walking back to the ship.  We are now waiting for the last of the tenders to be hoisted up and we will be setting sail for Barcelona.  We hope you have a good week off school and all enjoy yourselves, we will continue to keep in touch and you should have another email waiting on your return to school.
Lozzer's G and G.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

100wc - week 33!

If you'd like to do the 100wc over half term, here are the details!
The prompt is quite long - there are two stories about children living in Africa. Both of the children have difficult lives - your task is to write a letter to one of them, either telling them how you feel about their story, or explaining how your life is different to theirs.

You can see the prompt by clicking here.

Remember that you only have 100 words to use!
Email in your entries to and I'll put them onto the blog :-)
Mr K.

Sam G's Google Earth video!

Sam G made this video to show how to use Google Earth - well done, Sam! This is a great effort by one of our Digital Leaders - what could Sam add to it to make it even better? I thought perhaps use a microphone to add a voice-over to the video - then you wouldn't need to type the instructions!
Excellent work, Sam!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Owen's 100wc - week 32!

Oops! I nearly forgot Owen's 100wc - and it is fantastic! Just press play to listen!

Stopping off in Gibraltar!

Hi Everyone in Ash Class,

We arrived in Gibraltar yesterday morning and after lunch went on a visit to Europa Point and St Michael's Cave which is a natural carven with stalagmites and stalactites and they
sometimes hold concerts there because the sound is so good.

We also met the apes, there are five colonies of apes living on the rock and they are all called after members of the royal family or important people.  Gibraltar belongs to Britain and history has it that as long as the apes remain on the rock it will remain British, so the people of Gibraltar look after the apes very well indeed!   One of the ladies bought an ice cream and as she walked out of the shop an ape landed on her shoulder and made off with the ice cream.

When we were in Gibraltar we could see North Africa.  Do any of you know what the Twin Pillars of Hercules are?  Another question how wide and how long are the Straits of Gibraltar?
From Lozzer's Granny & Grandpa.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

EK's 100wc - week 32!

SG's 100wc - week 32!

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CT's 100wc - week 32!

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More Ash Class champions!

First we had a champion boxer, then a rugby player, and now we have a champion dog handler who came 2nd in the Young Dog Handler category and 3rd in the Gun Dog category at the West Mids Country Show at Shrewsbury Show Ground - well done (and well done to Indie the dog too!)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Molly's 100wc - week 32!

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Friday, 25 May 2012

GTH's 100wc - week 32!

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IH's 100wc - week 32!

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A new message from out at sea!

Hi all,
Another day at sea.  We left Southampton at about 5pm on Wednesday, a lovely sunny afternoon, fellow passengers were milling about on the decks and a Calypso Band played on the Lido deck where one of the swimming pools is situated.  Through the night we sailed down the English Channel and just before 6am we passed Lle d'Ouessant  on the north west point of France and into the Bay of Biscay.  All of yesterday was spent sailing through the Bay of Biscay and at times you could feel the boat swaying, the Captain called it a 'low swell' - the waves were about 2.5metres in height,  the motion on the boat is similar to that of flying in an aeroplane.

During the night we left the Bay  Biscay after rounding Cape Finisterre and are now sailing parallel to the Spanish and Portuguese coasts Heading for Cape Vincent after which we will take a south easterly course for Gibraltar. There is not a lot to see but sea and the odd ship in the distance.
This is a picture of the QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Pyjama Day!

We had a great (and extremely hot!) pyjama day today to raise money for the school - well done everyone!

Guess the mystery famous visitor to Lauren's grandparents' cruise!

Do you know who this important famous person is? She visited the cruise liner that Lauren's granny and grandpa are having their cruise on:

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Callum's 100wc - wk32!

Alex's 100wc - wk32!

Chloe's 100wc - wk32!

Emelia's 100wc - wk32!

Emily's 100wc - wk32!

Lauren - 100wc - wk32!

Sam B 100wc - wk32!

Oscar's 100wc - wk32!

Amber's 100wc - week 32:

I am writings to you because I what to tell you how brillant the 100wc is.

Dear David Cameron,
The 100wc is brillant because it gets children to think about what to write and to use punctuation. Each week their is a different prompt for the children to tack part in. Some times over 600 children take part in it. The 100wc is soitable for all ages, for the 100wc their is a show case and five of the 100wc get put into the show case and then people all over the world get to see your work. That is why I think the 100wc is sow good.

From Amber.

Jack M's 5 sentence challenge - wk7:

With a little help from Mr Hughes :-)

Klaudiusz's 5 sentence challenge!

Big city big buildings and the colours waters on the sky.
Red, blue and yellow glittering colours.
Or the water there are bouts swimming and the statue of liberty.
A helicopter flies in the black sky.
There are big small and tiny building in New York City.

By Klaudiusz - Ash Class (with a little help from Mr Hughes)

Olympic Maths out on the field!

On Wednesday 23rd May we went on the field for some Olympic maths. Here are the records for the class olympics:
Javelin - Owen with 14.7m.
Long jump - Amber with 2.2m
100 metres - Callum with 17.6s
Discus - Ethan with 26.1m
Triple jump - Alex and Liam with 5.90m

Here are the real Olympic records:
100 meters - 9.58s
Long jump - 8.91m
Triple jump - 18.29m
High Jump - 2.45m
Javelin - 98.48m
Discus - 74.08m

By Ella and Sam B.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Experimenting with Garage Band on the iPads!

On Wednesday 23rd May we had music with Mr K, but it wasn't a normal music lesson - we had the IPADS! On the iPads we were on an app called GarageBand, which is an app which lets you play the guitar, keyboard, bass and even an orchestra even if you haven't played them before. We were split up into groups and went inside the classroom or outside on the playground and made are own cool music.
By Ella and Sam.

100wc - week 32!

This week's prompt is all about persuasion - you need to use 100 words to persuade someone why doing the 100wc is great, or perhaps why it should win the award for 'educational blog of the year'. Or, you can write a persuasive piece about anything you wish - it's totally up to you!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Grace's Olympic Writing!

Here's what Grace produced in a Live Writing session this evening - the prompt was a photo of someone carrying the Olympic Torch. It's an absolutely wonderful piece of writing - well done Grace! Which is your favourite part? I think mine is the line where people are flooding her with questions - a great line!

As I sprinted through the gritty street I suddenly felt overwhelmed: why was I chosen from everyone in Longberry? My supporting friends cheered to me though, I felt extremely proud. I heard them over the screaming crowd and my thumping heart. A trickle of sweat dropped from my forehead, as slowly as a tortoise, I remembered my parents joy when we got that stunning phone call - I am holding the Olympic torch! Immediately I was determined to carry on. My arm was like iron with the weight of the, somehow holy, torch. A mob of people were following me, pushing freezing cold, metal speakers at me, flooding me with questions. Then, they stopped. All at once everyone started roaring! I'd crossed the line!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Lauren's Grandparent's Adventures!

Lauren's Grandparents have left us lots of great comments on our blog this year and are now off on a wonderful cruise around the Mediterranean Sea - you can see their route on this map and also click on the markers to see pictures of where they'll be visiting:

View Lauren's Grandparent's Cruise! in a larger map

Friday, 18 May 2012

Charlotte's 100wc - week 31:

“Wow at last Moby, at last. We’ve found it.” As Moby and I were searching for the golden treasure for three years, we had finally reached it. The shine of gold blinded us as we opened the tatted lid, the walkie-talkie rang. “Have you found the treasure yet?” asked our smarty boss, “Hello, are you there?” There was no answer from us, only the gross duel all over the treasure. Suddenly a loud dressed up man, came by and pulled us away… “Were are we?” I asked Moby. But were where we? A deep dark cave it looked like… To be continued…

By Charlotte.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

100wc - week 31:

This week's 100wc has another video prompt, made by the people at Brainpop - enjoy!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Y5/6 Live Writing session!

Ash, Chestnut and Maple took part in a Live Writing session on Friday afternoon - you can read all about it and some of the fabulous writing produced by clicking here (there is also a link on the right-hand side of the page).

The prompt for the session were some photos of mountaineers on Mount Everest!

Chloe's 100wc - week 30:

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Emelia's 100wc - week 30:

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