Hawthorn class

Mrs Marriott teaches the Year 2 class at Wirksworth Infant School. We work very closely with our friends in Sycamore classes.

Mrs Marriott is also the Federation's SENDCo and is assigned dedicated non-contact time to fulfill this role. To provide continuity for the children, our experienced HLTA, Mrs Wanford, teaches Hawthorn class on Mondays and Thursdays, in partnership with Mrs Marriott.

Hawthorn classroom is a large, airy space in the main building. 

Our topic this half term is Dinosaurs and we all enjoyed our walk to the Stone Centre looking for fossils. We spotted lots in the stones. We learnt that Wirksworth used to a lagoon and there was a volcano in Matlock!

Another fantastic Science lesson finding out what plastic bottle would be better to hold Tomato ketchup. There was a big difference in how far we could squirt the water!

All the Year 2s across the Federation joined together to learn about fossils from Richard a geologist.  He came to school as a STEM advisor. 

"There's a hole in my bucket dear Liza"

We explored which material would be best to plug the hole in our buckets.

Would cotton wool be better than newspaper or a tea towel?

We learnt about Autumn, drew around a leaf template and then wrote something we are thankful for. Together they are our class Autumn Poem.

We learnt about Mary Anning during our topic of Dinosaurs. She discovered the first Ichthyosaur on Lyme Regis beach. We used art straws to make an Ichthyosaur and we wrote books about Mary Anning.

Our display shows our wonderful work.

We made lovely outdoor decorations for our class Christmas Tree. It was lovely singing and saying our Winter poem, which we had written, to all the parents from the Federation.

We all enjoyed making gingerbread with the help of Penny. We all enjoyed a biscuit at lunchtime. It was really yummy!

Everyone had great fun wearing our Christmas hats for the Christmas lunch in school. Thank you Penny and Emma for yummy food.

Everyone had fun creating  an animation of Goldilocks using our IT skills. Very patiently making small movements between each photograph.

Hawthorn tree with berries
Hawthorn tree with berries

We have been learning about materials in Science and we loved our experiments about the properties of different materials, especially wood.

In Art we have been learning about Henri Rousseau. We have looked at different Rousseau paintings. Everyone painted different leaves by mixing paint to explore making different colours. We created our own jungle then made a mask of an animal that may be hiding in the jungle. Our inspiration was the painting Surprised! 

We had a great time playing dodgeball at Anthony Gell Leisure Centre on 5th October. We were playing against ourselves and teams from Church of England Year 2 class.

Having lots of fun on our Sense of Adventure day. We planted bulbs to take home to see them grow in the Spring. We also drew leaves and apples on 10 pebbles to make our own Tic Tac Toe game

We had a busy morning planting Spring bulbs around school in the planters and gardens.

It was great to be with the Year 2s from the C of E school for our Fire Safety Talk. We all enjoyed learning about the different jobs that the fire fighters across the road do.

We also learnt how to stay safe in a real fire and we practised our 'Drop and Roll'.

What a fantastic nativity performance from Hawthorn and Oak class. We loved the songs from our play ' Is there a baby in there?' It was lovely performing to our parents at St Mary's Church.

We enjoyed our Science lesson this week thinking about our 5 senses.

We listened to musical instruments and had to say what we could hear.

We felt different objects in feely bags.

We smelt different things to guess what they are. Vanilla was very difficult!

We played a game looking at a tray of objects to say what had been removed.

Finally we tasted 3 types of crisps to guess the flavour.

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We explored which material would be best for a car ramp. We tried different ones and decided the shiny smooth ones were the fastest.

In Music we learned to play the notes G, A and C on chime bars and glockenspiels so that we could accompany the song.

We had a great lesson with Mrs Wanford learning to play the hand bells in Muisc

One of our class brought in their box of treasures to share with everyone. We all enjoyed looking at the different fossils and gems.

We love our independent creative area in the classroom. We worked with a friend to make a wonderful Jungle in a Box after learning about Henri Rousseau. 

What a fantastic day where everyone took part in Sponsored Circuits. We were the last class to go and the total of circuits was 880!! We all had a great time and some wanted to do more!!

We explored what was 'Living' and 'Non-Living' in our outside area for our new Science Topic. There were lots of questions about our Buddleia tree that Mr Fletcher has pruned, looks dead but we could see small green shoots growing. It is definitely living.

We all enjoyed joining with our friends at the Church of England Infant School going on the Santa Train. We  joined in with the singing and loved the hot chocolate and biscuits.

When we got back to school  Santa had also dropped off presents for us in the classroom and there was glitter everywhere!!

We looked around school for signs of Winter. The thermometer said it was only 1C and the leaves on the playground were white with frost.

We all enjoyed World Book Day. We dressed up and took part in our parade. The teachers read stories with their character in and then we shared books with our friends.

Every class went to the library and heard more stories and all the children chose a book to take home.