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 4 Learning Overview - Autumn Term 2 2018

What are we learning?

This half term our topic theme is ‘Misty Mountains Sierra’, and our learning in most subjects will be linked to this.

As geographers, we will be learning about the different types of mountains and how they are formed. We will be researching famous mountains and the children will complete mountain fact files. The children will learn how to name and locate geographical features on an Ordnance Survey.

As scientists, we will be learning about the different stages of the water cycle and we will also research and explain how animals and plants are suited to high altitudes.

As artists and designers, we will be creating 3D models of mountains.

In addition:

In Literacy, will be writing for many different purposes, including; explanation writing, diary entries, non-chronological report, letter writing and poetry. The children will be studying ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’.

In Numeracy, we will continue to focus on addition and subtraction of four digit numbers. The children will be learning all of the timetables and their associated division facts. We will also be focusing on fractions where the children will count in hundredths, write mixed numbers and find equivalent fractions. 

In Computing, we will be researching a famous mountain the children have chosen. Children will collect information and present it in their fact file.

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 stimuli to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.

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. Swallowtail class will have P.E on Monday and Thursday and Peacock class will have P.E on Monday and Wednesday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.

Children will not be 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 will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. We expect home learning to be completed each week.

Our topic this half term is ‘Misty Mountains Sierra’. Please find below some ideas for the home learning:  

  • Find out about animals that inhabit a mountainous area of the world. How do they adapt and survive? Are any of these animals endangered? Why? 
  • Write an information book explaining how different types of mountains are formed. Include labelled diagrams showing each type. You could look at fold, block, dome, volcanic or plateau mountains and give examples of each mountain type. 
  • Create fact files about famous mountaineers such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hilary and Reinhold Messner. 
  • Research mountain-sports such as skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing or mountain biking.
  • Write a ‘true or false’ quiz which includes amazing statements about mountains of the world. 



We aim to develop independence so would ask that you allow your child to walk into the school building and up to their classroom on their own. We will be in the playground to greet them and another member of the team will be in the classroom to remind them of what they have to do with coats, book bags etc.

Reading continues to be a priority in Year 4. We would ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records and include any words that they struggle with.

In school we use a colour chart to encourage positive behaviour. Children will be rewarded for reaching the gold star and we encourage you to ask your child why they have received a gold star sticker, their achievement will be related to one of the ‘Keys to Learning’ or ‘Keys to Life’. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the red will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.

Children will be practising handwriting daily. They will be continuing to join all their letters using a cursive script. Once their handwriting is all joined and presented neatly they will be awarded the pen license.


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 9:30am and on 20/12/18 at 2pm.   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.


Educational Trips:

ATP tennis finals - Tuesday 13th November

Geography field trip to Box Hill - Thursday 22nd November