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20/05/19

Thanks Ric from who this term has been working with our Eco Champions, thinking about reducing plastic use. Here is Ric talking to all the children about this issue - inspiring the younger generation to make changes to their own plastic usage! https://t.co/xe5fHu0owy

19/05/19

HPAD Fun Run organised by our fabulous PTA, FoHPED. Thank you to everyone who took part. https://t.co/6xkcEMV7tH

17/05/19

Delighted to welcome author and mathematician to HPAD on Thursday. Y3/4 were inspired by Rob’s range of of mathematical tricks & puzzles. The children left excited to try the tricks for themselves in the playground https://t.co/RQgTBqGQ7z

15/05/19

Now for a mini beast hunt. Lots of slugs, snails, ground beetles, ants, spiders and woodlice https://t.co/EJck5JiStt

15/05/19

Pond dipping this morning. So far we’ve found sticklebacks, water boatmen, water snails (mostly common bithynia), leeches and various larve. https://t.co/W8nAfOYQ7w

14/05/19

Bedtime story with Ms Reynolds. https://t.co/SMyuTOTsjB

14/05/19

Marshmallows, hot chocolate and singing around the campfire. Lovely way to end the day. https://t.co/xYnfkGfCpu

14/05/19

Lovely day spent at St Margaret’s Bay. https://t.co/o9Ge4vMmTf

14/05/19

Rock pooling at St Margaret’s Bay. https://t.co/aieTIdonOP

14/05/19

3 wood mice in the traps this morning. All safely released. 6 mile hike now followed by rock pooling on the beach this afternoon. https://t.co/IwduWCEB1R

13/05/19

More amazing views from our evening ramble https://t.co/pMGMR5rxSs

13/05/19

Evening ramble https://t.co/krVeWQwoEm

13/05/19

Well that was a delicious meal! Good job we are off on an evening ramble now to walk it off. https://t.co/KwIgPFVafk

13/05/19

Choosing the best spots to hide our mammal traps https://t.co/zM13stzO2e

13/05/19

Learning about the mammals living wild on the Rippledown grounds https://t.co/fRiBiA0XEL

13/05/19

The grounds at Rippledown House are just beautiful https://t.co/Qsz7HWCZJW

13/05/19

A bit of Rippledown history https://t.co/XijJ5AduxV

13/05/19

Beds made, dorms tidied, time for lunch https://t.co/jKlgBHWSSN

13/05/19

Year 4 have arrived safely at Rippledown House - looking forward to 3 days of fun https://t.co/ubIdWlbRh7

09/05/19

Balance, agility and focus during our buddy’s challenge obstacle course today https://t.co/wKyBbckXHK

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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn Term 1 2018

What are we learning?

Our topic this half term is ‘Fantastic Foods’. 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, discovering their 5 senses, discussing elements of a balanced diet 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. 

Trips

We will be going on a trip to fruit farm soon! We will be exploring fruit photography and on our return to school we will be using our photos to create an artistic representation.

 

We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.

Forest time

Forest Time visits will commence week beginning Monday 24th September 2018. 15 pupils from Willow and Chestnut Class will visit the forest on alternate weeks. We will be exploring the forest whilst making links to our termly topics. We will collect leave, sticks, pine cones and conkers which will be used in our outdoor area. This will help with our counting, imaginative and creative play.

 

In the Autumn Term, the visits will be:

Chestnut Class – 02/10/18, 16/10/18, 30/10/18, 13/11/18, 27.11.18, 11/12/18

Willow Class -25/9/18, 09/10/18, 06/11/18, 20/11/18, 04/12/18

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 trainers/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 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 Thursday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Tuesday morning.

·       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.

 

Uniform:  Children must wear the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt; navy blue Harris cardigan or jumper; grey or black socks (white for girls) or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months.  All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Long hair should be tied back with a purple, blue or black hair band.

 

If you have any questions, please see us after school, or contact the office if you would like to arrange a meeting.