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!


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

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Year 1 Learning Overview - Autumn Term 2 2018

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Bright Lights, Big City’, and our learning in most subjects will be linked to this.

As historians, we will learning about the Great Fire of London, we will be sequencing events and looking at maps to identify where it started.  We will be taking part in a specialised workshop by a theatre company where the children will learn to remember the key events of the story through dance and role-play.

As scientists, we will be looking at different types of materials, their properties and their suitability to make a house. We will also be exploring leaves by drawing, describing and labelling their parts.

As designers, we will be recreating Pudding Lane using a variety of materials and building Tudor style houses and shops. We will also be thinking about strong shapes, materials and using this knowledge to build bridges.

As geographers, we will be learning about the four countries which make up the United Kingdom and labelling these on a map. We will also be comparing London as a city to a city in another country, thinking about how they are different and if they have any similarities.

In addition:

In English, we will be writing captions to match photographs and writing a recount of our visit with the Queen. We will be re-telling the story of the Great fire of London and writing fact pages. We will also be writing instructions on how to bake bread as Thomas Farriner’s bakery assistant.

In Maths, we will be looking at position and direction, using numbers up to 20, sequencing events in chronological order, and learning the days of the week and months of the year.

In Mandarin, we will be learning family names. We will also be learning a song in Mandarin to sing at our Christmas carol concert.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C), we will continue to develop our thinking skills by asking questions and making assumptions. We will be making choices based on our opinions, and respectfully listening to and responding to others.

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

In R.E, we will be learning about the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus.  We will also explore the many reasons people give gifts at this time of year.

Additionally, we will be making fire safety posters, thinking about how to keep safe near fire and which rules we should follow so we do not get hurt.


P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have navy blue or black shorts, a Harris t-shirt, black trainers or plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school, with each item clearly labelled with your child’s name.  In Dill Class, PE is on Monday and Wednesday. In Mint Class PE is on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please ensure your child’s kit is worn to school on the first day.

Reading books and reading records: Children read daily in school, please make sure your child’s book and reading record are in their book bags each day. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record. Your child’s reading for pleasure book which they bring home is to be shared together.

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 ‘Bright Lights, Big City’. We will be learning about The Great Fire of London, The UK and its capital cities, and The Queen and Buckingham Palace. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose.  It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning about over the half term. 


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.

The End of Term Concert will be taking place on the 18/12/18 at 2pm and on the 19/12/18 at 9.30am. We hope you can be there to celebrate with us.

Finally, we would like to invite you 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.