HPAD Fun Run organised by our fabulous PTA, FoHPED. Thank you to everyone who took part.


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


Now for a mini beast hunt. Lots of slugs, snails, ground beetles, ants, spiders and woodlice


Pond dipping this morning. So far we’ve found sticklebacks, water boatmen, water snails (mostly common bithynia), leeches and various larve.


Bedtime story with Ms Reynolds.


Marshmallows, hot chocolate and singing around the campfire. Lovely way to end the day.


Lovely day spent at St Margaret’s Bay.


Rock pooling at St Margaret’s Bay.


3 wood mice in the traps this morning. All safely released. 6 mile hike now followed by rock pooling on the beach this afternoon.


More amazing views from our evening ramble


Evening ramble


Well that was a delicious meal! Good job we are off on an evening ramble now to walk it off.


Choosing the best spots to hide our mammal traps


Learning about the mammals living wild on the Rippledown grounds


The grounds at Rippledown House are just beautiful


A bit of Rippledown history


Beds made, dorms tidied, time for lunch


Year 4 have arrived safely at Rippledown House - looking forward to 3 days of fun


Balance, agility and focus during our buddy’s challenge obstacle course today


Predator invasion in Year 3 today

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Year 2 Learning Overview - Autumn Term 2 2018

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’, and our learning in most subjects will be linked to this.

As geographers, we will be learning to locate famous towers and tunnels all over the world, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Channel Tunnel, and learning how to spot these on different kinds of maps.

As historians we will be learning about significant historical events, people and places, supported by our trip to the Tower of London. We will also ask questions about the past and discuss significant events in Britain beyond our living memories.  

As scientists, we will be carrying out investigations into a variety of things such as how germs spread and the reasons why bridges are designed the way they are. We will be continuing to develop our core skills of investigation, recording and observation.

As artists and designers we will be showing our ideas and imagination through drawing, painting and sculpture. We will use exploring to find ways to make structures more stable so they are freestanding. We will also use different types of joins to create a structure and evaluate how well our designs meet the design criteria.

In addition:

In Literacy, we will be writing for many different purposes, including stories, poems and recounts. We will be using well-known stories as the basis for some of our writing. We will be continuing to learn about word classes and sentence types in our grammar sessions.

In Numeracy we will be continuing to build our understanding of number, by Mastering Numbers to 100 and multiplication and division by sharing and grouping.

In Mandarin, we will start to learn the importance of the different intonations in our pronunciation and continue to learn vocabulary and answer questions.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C), we will be using our thinking skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimulus’ to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.

In Music, we will continue to practise the recorder and learn a variety of Christmas songs for our Christmas carol concert.

Other Events:

It will be Anti-Bullying Week the week beginning 12/11/18. Children will be discussing what bullying is and what they can do if they or others are being bullied.

The week beginning 19/11/18 will be Road Safety Week.  We will be finding out about the risks of the road and what we can do to stay safe as the evenings get darker.

Our Christmas carol concert will be held on 18/12/18 at 2pm and on 19/12/18 at 9:30am.   We hope you can be there to celebrate with us.

Finally, we would like to invite to the parent celebration on the last day of term 21/12/18 where you will be able to come into the classroom at 1.30pm to view the children’s books.

P.E. Kit:  Please make sure your children have shorts, a plain white t-shirt, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Both classes will have P.E on Tuesday and Friday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.

Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit.

Reading books and reading records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. We expect home learning to be completed each week.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 18th December 2018. Our topic this half term is ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way children choose.  It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning over the half term.