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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Reception Learning Overview - Spring 1 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our focus is on 'Traditional Tales'.


In Literacy, most of our activities will be linked to our chosen stories: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. We will develop our language and vocabulary by learning to describe characters, story settings and events, beginning to be aware of how stories are structured and using our own ideas to imagine and predict what will happen next. We will also use our phonics skills to write and read sentences.


In phonics, we will learn the following letter-sounds: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er (Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds).


Please continue practising reading and spelling reception high frequency words and tricky words with your child. If you would like to do extra phonics activities at home with your child, please look for activities on the Internet and focus on phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds. The following websites have some good activities and resources:


In maths, we will engage in counting, adding, subtraction and estimating activities. We will also begin learning to use vocabulary related to time and money in context, with our shop role-play. The story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ also allows us to explore the concept of weight; we will learn to measure ingredients and compare which ingredients are lighter or heavier. Children will also learn to tell the time on the hour.


Children will develop their creative skills by having opportunities to create story characters using a variety of materials, build bridges for the Three Billy Goats investigating the most sustainable construction materials, retelling stories in role-play, learning to weave by making a basket for Little Red Riding Hood and much more.


We will learn a new song this half term in relation to our theme - When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.

How can you help us?

To support your child with reading and writing, please continue taking the time to listen to your child read their home reading book daily. Encourage your child to ‘press the sound buttons’ and blend sounds together. Please remember to record when you read with your child in their yellow reading diaries with some comments. You can also encourage your child to write a simple sentence about their weekend or interests, using finger spaces and ‘sound fingers’ to help segment sounds to spell.


In addition, read other texts related to your child’s interests, discussing what you can see in the pictures, who the main characters are and what they think will happen next in the story.


There are several maths activities that you can do at home that will also help support your child such as, counting toys to 20 and beyond, finding one more or one less to 20,  number hunting  for numerals in the environment and also problem solving activities related to sharing equally such as, setting the dinner table.



Our project for this half term will be to create a ‘story box’ for a traditional tale of your choice. You can use a box such as a shoe box (it is good to have a lid) and create the setting and characters using various materials. Projects should be completed and brought into school on Tuesday 15th January 2019.



We will be going to watch Sleep Beauty at Stratford East Theatre and will continue with our library and Forest Time trips this term.