Harold Hillier Gardens
Class 2 enjoyed a fantastic day at Harold Hillier Gardens on Monday 12th July. During the day, the children were able to 'feed' a fire which they then used to toast apple slices on and enjoyed eating these with honey. They also were able to have a go at starting their own fire using a flint and burning a small piece of cotton wool. Despite the weather, all the children were able to light a fire which burned for a short amount of time.
After lunch, we took a walk round part of the gardens and enjoyed the edible garden, where they were able to pick either a pea pod or a sugar snap pea to taste - many of the children loved the sweet taste of the peas.
After enjoying the peas, we had a go at pond dipping, where all the children caught a variety of water creatures from pond snails, pond skaters to newts. The children all enjoyed trying to work out what they had found in their little ponds.
We finished off our day by building small animals dens for either a mole, rabbit or fox. All the children worked brilliantly together to build the dens and were creative and imaginative in their design. One of the animals even had it's own personal campsite they could use.
All the children had a smile on their face from start to finish and many of them asking to go back and do the activities again!
Today, Class 2 enjoyed a day of learning outside. To begin with we created some leave prints by placing a leaf under a piece of fabric and gently hitting hit with a hammer. The results are amazing! During the morning we also wrote a selection of nature poems which included Kennings and Acrostic poems.
After break, we participating in orienteering, the children had to find a selection of letters which corresponded to a letter. At the end, the letters made a message - Keep Fit, Stay Healthy, Live Longer. All the children worked together amazingly and really enjoyed the challenge of finding the numbers hidden around the field.
For lunch, we enjoyed a class picnic outside where we all sat together to eat.
This afternoon, we have challenged ourselves mathematically but having some maths challenges outside. These included creating 2D and 3D shapes using what they could find, creating patterns and finding items which represented numbers.
All the children smiled for the whole day and have enjoyed every minute.
Summer term 2020/2021 Survival
With our topic theme of 'Survival', this term we will be learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age within the UK. We will be kicking off our topic with a Stone Age day where the children will get the chance to understand what we mean by the Stone Age and handle a range of Stone Age and Bronze Age artefacts. We will be linking our topic to Art where we will be trying to recreate our own cave paintings.
In science, we will be continuing to investigate magnets, before moving onto the reproduction of plants. Within our topic, we will be looking at seed dispersal and the importance of pollination.
Hawthorn class have enjoyed a superhero themed day for Red Nose Day - we have designed our own superhero's and supervillains, written character descriptions about them and joined in with a whole school quiz.
Spring 2 Term 2020/2021 Rivers
Welcome back to school Hawthorn class! We have had a really good first week back to school following the lockdown period. The children have been very keen to return to learning and play with their friends in our bubble.
This term, we are continuing to learn about Rivers and forces.
Back to school !!!
It has been a very exciting first week welcoming everybody back to school. On day one all children were greeted with balloons at the gates, and then we all had a lovely class breakfast where we could all catch up. It has been fantastic to see how excited all the children have been to get back into school and see all their friends.
We hope this will be a very exciting term. We are doing football and gymnastics in P.E, as well as looking at the topic of Rivers where many students are already demonstrating their fantastic knowledge.
I hope to have a fantastic few weeks before Easter and we are all so proud of what the children have done at home.
Violin Lesson 1
Class 2 had their first violin lesson today! We learnt all the different parts of a violin and how to correctly hold a violin - this is trickier than it looks!
The children also started to learn to read music and make some sounds by plucking the violin with their fingers.
During the lesson there were lots of smiles from the children and an eagerness to learn...we are all looking forward to our next lesson!
Monday morning Mrs Dickson, Miss Halle and Mrs Wyatt spotted some strange creatures roaming our field. Lower School went to investigate what the creatures might have been doing...
After a thorough investigation of the school field we found eggs! After some careful examination and our powers of deduction, we came to the conclusion that these are dragon eggs!
Autumn 1 2020/2021 Ancient Egypt
We begin the new academic year with our history based Ancient Egypt project. We will be learning about the the Ancient Egyptians and how ancient civilisations lived and how they have influenced our modern world.
On Friday 13th March, Class 2 enjoyed a whole day of dance which was linked to ‘Super Mario’.
During the morning we worked together to learn and rehearse a whole class sequence for the dance. Before lunch, the children divided themselves off into groups. For the rest of the afternoon the children worked together to choreograph and rehearse their group dances.
All the children were really enthusiastic to presented their dance to parents and Class 1 and 3.
Mystery in Lower School
Over the weekend, a tunnel appeared in the Lower School area.
We set the children off being detectives to investigate what happened in Lower School. Children had to search for clues and gather evidence to determine what catastrophe had happened. A number of children also interrogated several staff members who they believed were suspects.
Yesterday, the children enjoyed a visit from a number of animals from the Rainforest. Quirks Animal Roadshow brought along Twix the millipede, Legs the tarantula, Sting the scorpion, Splat the tree frog, Rainbow the chameleon and Monty the python.
All the children had the opportunity to stroke and hold some of the animals and learnt a lot about the different layers of the Rainforest.
Ancient Egyptian Day
Congratulations to all the lower school children who made such a fantastic effort at dressing up. You all looked fabulous. Our first activity was to create a lucky amulet out of salt dough. Our designs included hieroglyphics or other lucky charms such as scarab beetles, ankh. In the afternoon the children created their Egyptian collars and had a treat of ice cream and Egyptian Khoshaf sauce.
eSafety Morning in Lower School (Wednesday, 29th June 2016)
This morning in lower school we had a workshop on eSafety led by a man called Nick from the company Harrap. We learnt how to be SMART when using the internet.
S - Safe
M - Meet
A - Accepting
R - Reliable
T - Tell
We learnt that when playing games online and communicating with people through email, text and social media we should never give any of our personal details such as real names, email addresses or where we live. We also learnt that we should never meet up with online friends as we do not know who they are. If we are contacted by someone we don't know, we should always tell an adult.
If we receive nasty messages we should keep the messages as evidence and also tell an adult about them. You can also block people you don't know.
When using the internet for research we should always check at least 2 websites to ensure that the information is reliable.
If you are unsure on anything online, you should always check with an adult to ensure it is safe.
If you would like to find out more you can have a look at this website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Summer Term Chocolate Topic
On Monday, 18th April we were fortunate to have a visit from Rosie's Chocolate Factory. This was a really exciting start to our summer term's lower school topic of chocolate. Each child received a hair net and disposable apron to wear; they had the opportunity to design and make their own chocolate bar and lollipop. Thank you to our parent helpers Mrs van der Giessen, Mrs Walke and Mrs Johnson who's "joushing" skills (ask your children for details as the spelling is hard to pin down) were needed. After this practical session, each class looked at where cocoa trees can be found and how the cocoa beans are farmed.
What a fantastic start to the new term; enterprise week!
We started enterprise week with forming our own groups and learning to co-operate with people we might not normally work will with. After brainstorming product ideas and conducted our own market research with another class.
We started the day by writing adverts for our products to encourage people to come and visit our stall. This meant that we had to include the 5 W's and use all of the persuasive features we have learnt in Literacy last term.
Lower school are busy with our Cooking topic. This started with an exciting visit from Debbie Hearn, a food writer, who made a fruit pizza. This was a delicious twist of a savoury dish.
On Friday 27th November, we tasted a variety of flavours of breads and the cheese was definitely the class favourite. This helped us to understand different flavour combinations and has got us thinking about our own cooking session on Monday 14th December. If any parents from Class 2 are able to help on that day please let the office know.
Lower school have immersed themselves into the Romans era with a fascinating trip to the Roman Baths in Bath. We learnt about who the Romans were and how they regarded hygiene as an important factor of daily life as well as how to dress like a Roman and creating mosaic masterpieces.
Using our knowledge of the Romans, we choreographed a dance routine depicting what life was like as a Roman soldier and the different roles within the Roman army.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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