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Welcome to Hardwick’s class page! We are a Key Stage 2 and 3 class supported by Jonathan (class teacher), Lisa, Wendi and Chris (teaching assistants). We have a wealth of experience between us and looking forward to having lots of fun and learning all about the world around us.

Hardwick class in DT this week planned, prepared and evaluated fruit salad. We then made our own fruit salad from the fruits they liked best.

Hardwick enjoyed their visit to Chatsworth farm this week, feeding the animals, a tractor ride round the grounds a play on the new adventure park and ice cream in the sunshine.

Summer 1: Hardwick have been very busy this past week, here are a few pictures to show how hard we have been working whilst also having lots of fun.

Hardwick class have had a great end of term celebrating Easter with an Easter egg hunt this morning, Hot cross buns for snack, and finally a dance at the disco before hometime.

Today in forest schools we used a catapult to sow some wild flower seeds. We planted our seeds in trays ready to go in the greenhouse over the Easter holidays and we built a fire and made our own lamb kebabs, which were very tasty and several children wanted seconds!

Hardwick enjoyed the egg and spoon assault course this morning for outdoor learning. Great effort from everyone.

Today at Forest schools we helped split the wood, build the fire, lit the fire and cooked our hotdogs. We all put our own sausage in a cob ready to eat for our snack and are getting good at making our hot chocolate while at forest schools too..

This morning in Hardwick class we have enjoyed peer massage.

Hardwick looked up the time table, then walked to the bus stop, then got a ticket and travelled on the bus in our Beyond Bennerley lesson today.

Hardwick have enjoyed Red Nose Day today. We dressed in red went to the yummy cake sale and made our own Red Nose Day biscuits.

Hardwick had an amazing day out on our trip to the Aeropark and Aerozone to learn all about what happens at the airport and different planes.

Hardwick have had a fun couple of weeks so far. Building bridges and catapults in science and outdoor learning and also toasting marshmallows on the fire forest schools.

Hardwick class have had a busy week so far. We have enjoyed a trip to the banks in Ilkeston in our Beyond Bennerley lesson. Enjoyed making and eating Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. On Wednesday we had a great Forest School lesson learning how to make a safe fire in the fire pit and then preparing and cooking pancakes.

Hardwick have been having fun exploring friction in our outdoor learning/ science lessons this week.

Last week in maths we were measuring in mass and volume. Lots of practical making cakes and different potions.

Hardwick have enjoyed Science and Outdoor learning this week. Learning about pushing and pulling and movement.

Today in Hardwick class we made our Christmas decorations and hung them on the tree in the hall. In RE today we learnt all about Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat.

Today in Hardwick class we had outdoor learning followed by art and science. The children all enjoyed making our nature art to freeze and learning about the water cycle.

Trips to Shipley and making seed balls!

As part of our Design and Technology project we have created seed balls to feed the birds. The children have had a great time getting messy making the seed balls, and then going marching around Shipley Park to hang the seed balls. 

Gymnastics!! 🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🏼‍♂️


Children in Need 2023

Active maths with Jeoff

Maths - Recognising coins.

Visiting the local war memorial.

Visiting local charity shops.

First week back

20/10/23 Painting Dinosaur Eggs!

This week in our Art lessons the children have been creating dinosaur eggs using clay! The children have had to practice manipulating and shaping the clay into different forms, rolling, pinching and smoothing. Clay has a funny texture so all of the children did well working with the medium! 
After the clay had dried the children had the opportunity to paint their eggs. Some excellent ideas from the children, because of course, we don’t know what colour dinosaurs eggs were!

Take care


Jonathan Price and the Hardwick Team


A busy few weeks in Hardwick class! 

The children have been creating alternative endings to one of our key texts - Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle. Lots of exciting ideas from the children as to how they could change the ending to the story, some fun and some a little bit scary!

This week we have been reading our last key text Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars, Here Come the Dinosaurs - a collection of poems by Kaye Umansky. The children have loved reading the poems, exploring the rhyming words, acting out and saying the onomatopoeias! Today we have recorded the children performing their favourite poem from the collection. Next week we will creating our action poem about dinosaurs, before we record the children performing them.

In our Maths work the children have been working hard completing a variety of tasks focusing on addition and subtraction, which can be quite tricky! The children have rose to the challenge, making lots of progress! Well done everyone.

In our Beyond Bennerley sessions we have been exploring our local area, and this week we went to a local garden centre to find a variety of item (getting used to reading shopping lists!) then having a well earned drink and snack in the cafe!

Alongside this we have been creating dinosaur eggs in Art, exploring new hobbies in PSHE, investigating habitats around the world, practicing our balancing and jumping skills in PE, learning about our families in RSE, and lots, lots more!


Take care,


Jonathan Price and Hardwick class team

9/10/23 Beyond Bennerley

Visiting the Bennerley Viaduct as part of our community work. The children were brilliant, being very sensible and had a lovely time.

A busy three weeks in Hardwick class!


Hello everyone! The children have been hard at work over the past few weeks, alongside making friends and enjoying new experiences. It has been lovely to spend time with the children and seeing them blossom, both in lessons and during social time.

In English we have been reading the wonderful story by Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are", exploring the language being used to describe the Wild Things, to help us before we create our own sentences to describe our own Wild Things. We have a lot of fun reading the story and creating our own Wild Things by going on a Wild Thing treasure hunt! 

In Maths we have been exploring the concept of length and height - as you can imagine we have been very hands on in these lessons, using cubes, footsteps, rulers, metre rulers and trundle wheels to measure, well, everything! Lots of fun and learning - its been brilliant to see the children getting involved and using their Maths skills practically.

In topic we have been learning about the life and discoveries of Mary Anning (the original fossil finder!), what fossils are and where they come from, as well as finding out about reptiles - even handling some real snake skin!

Alongside all of this hard work we have been taking on the 5 for 50 challenge! We have been dancing, rowing, bouncing, running and exercising our way to raise money for our new minibus! The children have definitely met the challenge head on and have smashed it out of the park. We are so proud of them - proud of their hard work, their enthusiasm and their achievements.


Well done Hardwick!


Jonathan and the Hardwick class team

In the Hardwick class we will be following our Bennerley Attitudes to help us learn, be safe and stay happy! We will be learning all of the skills needed to progress in Maths and English, as well as exploring the world in Science and our other topic lessons. The lessons themselves will be a mixture of practical and paper based activities, with lots of visual support and objects of reference to help support learning!


Important Information

The children will be taking part in their Beyond Bennerley session on a Monday afternoon, visiting the community and learning about social skills. Staff will inform parents when the children are going out and what clothing to bring in. PE will be on a Wednesday, please can the children bring in their PE kit on these days – dark coloured shorts, white t-shirt and PE pumps/trainers.