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The children in year 2 were lucky enough to have a tennis lesson at Hartley Country Club on Thursday morning. They had a great time and showed some impressive tennis skills!
On Monday the children became architects for the day! They used their blueprints from the previous week to construct prototypes of unique houses. There were some amazing models and the children enjoyed talking about their creations.
As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations the children enjoyed learning about the Homowo Festival celebrated by the Ga people in Ghana. As part of their celebrations, the Ga people perform the Kpanlogo dance. During our PE lessons the children performed their own versions of this dance.
As part of our learning journey topic this term the children have been learning about the habitats of different animals. The children created their own animals using outdoor materials and chose a habitat for their animal. They were then asked to explain why the habitat they had chosen was a suitable place.
Year 2 have enjoyed a range of outdoor learning experiences so far this year. They have fun creating their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired sculptures using natural resources.
During Outdoor Learning Week the children had the opportunity to create their own paintbrushes and paint using natural resources.
As part of our topic this term the children have been learning about the homes and habitats of animals. They hunted for minibeasts in the school forest and went pond dipping in the school pond to see if they could find any animals in these habitats.
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Our unit of inquiry this term is “Understanding the properties of materials can help us solve problems.” As part of this topic we have been looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children in year two undertook an investigation to see which materials could be used to build the strongest house when tested against the Big Bad Wolf (a hairdryer!)
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Year 1 came to visit Year 2 to hear the stories that they had written about mythical creatures. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
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Wednesday 5th December
As part of our learning journey this term we answered the question “How was life different during the war?” We learnt about Britain during World War 1 and the children wrote letters to share the things they had discovered.
Friday 30th November
As part of our Learning Journey we have been looking at the Great Fire of London. The children built their own houses and recreated Pudding Lane. We then set fire to the houses to experience how the fire spread.
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As part of this topic we have been learning about inventions and discoveries that have impacted and influenced our lives. The children learnt about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a famous engineer who designed the first passenger train line from London to Bristol; they learnt about the difficulties he overcame to achieve this, as well as discussing how his work has impacted our lives today.
The children created their own bridges and experienced first hand the challenges that Brunel faced when designing his railway.
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The behaviour of pupils is outstanding…Pupils are proud to belong to the community of Hartley Primary Academy…Pupils’ conduct in lessons is exemplary.
Ofsted, March 2016
The standards at Hartley Primary Academy are exceptional. They have been consistently above average over time.
Ofsted, March 2016
The school provides a caring and supportive environment to children and there is a clear emphasis on enabling children to be the best they can be — both academically and as “people”.
A quotation from a member of staff, Ofsted Report, March 2016
I feel really safe at Hartley Primary Academy…all the teachers and my friends are all around me.Y4