MANY adults can only dream of getting behind the wheel of a £140,000 Aston Martin sports car.
But for children at Highburton CE First School, its just another school lesson and exciting educational experience.
The school is lucky enough to have motoring journalist Martin Ward on its governing body.
And at least once a year, he brings a supercar to school for the children to write about as part of their literacy lessons.
The latest was an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, which Martin brought to school and taught Year Five children how to write a journalistic report on this car.
They were able to get into the car, sit in the driver’s seat, switch on the engine, hear the rev of the accelerator and touch the leather upholstery.
Mr Ward taught them the technical vocabulary and phrases needed to write a motoring review.
The children then wrote their pieces on the computer, searching the internet for technical information and pictures.
Following the lessons, Mr Ward chose the best pieces of writing to send to Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd and the school received a letter of thanks from their UK sales manager, Marcus Blake.
In his letter, Mr. Blake said how very impressed he was with the high standard of work, technical detail, exciting prose and excellent grammar.
In recognition of the hard work of the children and adults involved, Mr Blake rewarded three teams in particular for the high standard of their writing, and sent prizes including Aston Martin caps and badges.
Headteacher Lynne Rutter said: “We are so very grateful to Martin Ward for giving of his time so regularly and so freely to support all that we do in school.
“The car was parked in the school playground for most of the day and at home time the parents and carers who saw it were all very excited and wished that they could stay at school to join in the lessons!”
The Aston Martin Company was once owned by Huddersfield businessman Sir David Brown who headed David Brown Tractors at Meltham and David Brown Gears in Lockwood.
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, driven by Sean Connery as 007 in Goldfinger and Thunderball, is currently up for auction and is expected to fetch £3.5m in London on October 27.