Twitter is quiet over the holidays so HPAD families please tweet a photo of what you've been up to over the summer


Good luck to everyone getting their GCSE results today


The rain didn't dampen spirits at the Tropical Beach Party today


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Getting in the spirit for the tropical beach party!


Want to find the sun today? Come to the Tropical Beach Party at Harris East Dulwich 12:30-3


Soggy teachers at HPAD this evening!! Over £200 raised for at Pupil Parliament's 'Splat the Teacher' and drinks sale.


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Last Mandarin lesson of the year : making our own sequel posters to 功夫熊猫! I, for one would like to see KungFu Horse!


Help me - I'm lost! 🙁Found this afternoon on the pavement in front of our school gates on Landcroft Road


Well spotted Sarah. Thank you for sharing.


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Well done ! Spotted in over the weekend. 👏🏽


Tropical Beach Party at Harris Primary East Dulwich Saturday 22nd July 12:30-3pm. All welcome!


thank you - our Year 2 children have loved swimming this week in your pool.


Splat the teacher! Pupil Parliament raising money for on Thursday! £1 for two wet sponges! Soft drinks for sale too.


We love Botany Bay! Every time we go, we always uncover hidden pirate's treasure and letters in bottles!


Don't forget FoHPED cake and secondhand uniform sale today (Friday) at 3:20pm


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Lovely afternoon in reception starting to learn Chinese characters for colours!


Sports Day fun and competition this morning. Thanks for use of your field


Wow fab news-we passed today's assessment & achieved the L1 Rights Respecting School Award. Apparently 1st Free School in country to do so!


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Inspiring the next generation! The kids really enjoyed learning about Taekwondo at last week's assembly.

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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2017

What are we learning?

We have had an exciting beginning to the year as children shared their first home learning project with their class. Our topic this half term is ‘Ourselves and Our Families’. For the first two weeks we will be very much focusing on children settling in to their new routines and using the learning environment. Children will learn to develop their relationships with both children and adults and learning will be focused more on the prime areas of learning which are, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

In Literacy, children will learn to form letters and write their names, retell and sequence stories, role-play and build stories of their own, and much more. We will also begin taking part in a fortnightly ‘Enormous Write’ where children will write about the creative piece they make, which will relate to our topic.

In Maths, children will begin to recite numbers orally from 0-10 (and beyond!), count groups of objects saying one number name for each item and match numbers to quantity. We will learn to name 2D shapes, using them to make shape pictures. Children will also learn to write numbers 0-10, represent numbers using their fingers and will learn to create repeated patterns.

In PE, our focus this half term is balancing and coordination. By the end of this half term children would have learnt to make a sequence of movements including balances in small groups. PE will be every Thursday.

In phonics, we follow the progression of sounds of the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’ Children will learn the following sounds:

  • s, a, t
  • p, i, n
  • m, d, g
  • o, c, k, ck

Children will also begin to learn some of the reception high frequency words: a, at, as, it, is, an, in, dad, and, got, on, not and can. 


We will be going on a very local trip to Peckham Rye Park soon! We will be collecting conkers, pine cones and sticks to help us with our counting, pattern making and we will also use them in our mud kitchen to cook with!

We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.  We will let you know the dates of these visits shortly.

If you are able to support us on trips, which would involve being responsible for 4 children with the class teacher present, then please do let us know as we would really appreciate the support.

Please see our year group webpage for further information and of course take a look at what your child is learning when you come to pick them up.

How can you help us?

Children have the opportunity to build with recycled materials daily. It would be really useful if you can help us by collecting milk bottles of any size and soft drink bottles. We will use the lids too! Cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes, yoghurt pots and anything else of this sort will be useful too.

To help us and your child identify their uniform, please ensure you have labelled every piece of clothing with their name, including vests and tights as well as items of P.E kit.

Now that the weather is getting colder please make sure your child wears their school coat each day– our outdoor learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside during the winter months.