Don’t forget we return after the half term break at 8:50am tomorrow, Monday 19th February.


Our Reception children are looking forward to visiting this exhibition in a couple of weeks


Reception and Year 1 Powerful Learner lunch with Ms Conduit today for children who have demonstrated our Keys to Success throughout the previous week.


Artist Caroline Bolton launches Arts Week at HPAD this morning. Thank you


We are looking for a local pianist willing and able to give up 30 mins every Friday morning to accompany our singing assembly. If interested, please contact 0203 772 4573 to discuss further.


Thank you . These were written by children from as part of a project we are doing to help out in our local community. If anyone else in the local community has any ideas about how we can help, please let us know.


Woolly hats all round today and not just because of the cold weather! Raising money and awareness about homelessness


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Thanks to for some excellent resources and support to set up a primary school Go tournament! who do you think will win?


Rich professional dialogue at our INSET day yesterday as staff took what they had learned throughout the day and from their ongoing action research projects to plan this term’s lesson study.


We were overwhelmed with architects, paleontologists, chefs, vets, midwives fashion designers, engineers, police officers and even a Ms Conduit at HPAD today! Children came to school dressed in role as their ideal future job - all to raise money for The Make a Wish Foundation.


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had a brilliant first session teaching piano .They all played the two-black keys exercises exceptionally well


Launch of the Traditional Tales topic in Reception


Happy New Year to all! Great first day back... Can anyone guess who the surprise visitor to Reception was today?


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Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Joyful and Peaceful New Year


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We love these Christmas cards from the children of - truly heart-warming! Merry Christmas to all of you!


The charity ‘Make a Wish’ has been unanimously voted by each class as our chosen this year


Christmas dinner today!


Thank you Rev Anthony Buckley for leading our Christmas assembly this morning.


Delighted to hear this morning that we have achieved the Artsmark Silver award in recognition of the arts and cultural provision within our curriculum at HPAD. Our journey to Gold is already well underway.


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Good site visit with TfL, Southwark and to to look at road and bus safety issues this afternoon.

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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn 2 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our topic will be ‘Celebrations’.

In Literacy, children will learn to ascribe meaning to the marks that they have made as they start to hear medial and end sounds in words to write most letters correctly and in sequence. As we move on to writing simple sentences, there will be a focus on using finger spaces between words. We will also continue our 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 learn about 3D shapes and their features, we will also be learning positional language, and moving on from counting to 10 and beyond, we will be learning how to order numbers, find one more and one less than a given number as well as adding two groups of objects together.

In PE, our focus this half term is negotiating space successfully as they run and being able to adjust speed and change direction to avoid obstacles. We will also be practicing an exciting firework dance as we begin to move in different ways.

In phonics, we will continue to follow the progression of sounds of the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’. Children will be grouped into smaller groups in phonics. These are some of the sounds that the children will learn:

  • e, u, r
  • h, b, f
  • ff, I, ll, ss
  • j, v, w
  • x, y, zz, qu

Children will also begin to learn some of the reception high frequency words: get, up, mum, had, his, him, but, big, back, of, if. We will also be learning the tricky words: the, to, he, she, I, we, me, be


We will be continuing our ‘Forest Time’ trips with small groups of children every Tuesday and we will also be going on our very first whole class trip to a Hindu temple on Wednesday 8th November!


We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.  In the Autumn Term the visits will be:

Willow Class – 20th November 2017

Chestnut Class -  27th November 2017


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. Please also ensure that children have their own (labelled) wellies on the days that we go to Forest Time.


Class routines and home learning

  • Your child should have a full P.E Kit (Harris round-neck t-shirt, black or navy trousers/shorts and black plimsolls in a Harris P.E kit bag). All items should be labelled with your child’s name. Children will be expected to try to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you should encourage them to practise fastening and unfastening buttons and tying shoelaces at home.
  • Home learning will continue to include a ‘thinking question’, a maths activity and phonics (sounds of the week and high frequency words to practise reading and writing). This will be given to children on Friday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Monday morning.
  • As always, we expect all children to read every day at home.  We will be looking at the reading records each time your child reads and it will be extremely helpful to read your comments on what you focused on at home, any sounds children recognised and anything they needed support with.  We will then be able comment on progress in school and suggest ways you can support your child further.