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 - Spring Term 1 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our topic theme is ‘I am Warrior’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

In history, the children will use a ranges of sources to learn about the Roman and Celts past. The children will also learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

In geography, the children will compare geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of Britain and Italy.

As scientists, the children will be learning about the digestive system and teeth. The children will learn of the main organs in the digestive system and the function of these organs to break down food so it can absorbed by the body. The children will also be learning about the different teeth humans and animals have and why they are needed.

As artists, the children will be creating mosaics which will capture history and everyday Roman life.

In English, the children will be writing for many different purposes, including; explanation writing, diary entries, letter writing, playscripts and poetry. The children will be studying ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ and ‘Tar Beach’.

In mathematics, the children will learn how to interpret picture graphs and bar graphs and use information collated in a table to draw graphs. Children will use their tables and knowledge of place value to multiply multiples of 10, leading to the multiplication of 2-digit numbers using short multiplication. They will use their knowledge of multiplying multiples of 10 when multiplying multiples of 100, leading to multiplying 3-digit numbers using short multiplication. Children will learn more about division and will divide 2-digit numbers using two methods, including numbers with remainders.  Children will learn how to estimate and measure mass, volume and length. They will learn how to convert units of measure from larger to smaller and vice versa. Children will also be taught how to measure perimeter using centimetres and millimetres. They will use their knowledge of measures to solve problems involving all three aspects of measurement.

In music, the children will continue to learn the violin. Violins will go home on a Tuesday and are to be returned on a Monday.

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.

Key information:

Uniform:  Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt or polo shirt; navy blue school cardigan or jumper; grey or black socks 9white for girls) or grey tights. All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair below shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.

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. Swallowtail class will have P.E on Friday and Thursday and Peacock class will have P.E on Friday and Wednesday. 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 will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday.

There will also be one half-termly homework project. This half term it is linked to our topic of ‘I am Warrior’. Please find below some ideas for the home learning:  

  • Write some number calculations using Roman numerals, for your friends to solve.
  • Find out the dates of birth of your family and friends and record them in Roman numerals.
  • Research Roman life using books from your local library. Which were the most useful? Recommend the best one to your classmates.
  • Find out if there are any Roman forts or settlements near where you live. Try to visit one with your family. Take lots of photographs of what you see.
  • Look at Roman artefacts in detail at a local museum or on the British Museum website. Create a PowerPoint presentation, showing the artefacts that most interest you, and provide information about what they were used for.

Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the week, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them.     



Reading continues to be a priority in Year 4 and we ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records on the page next to their homework and include any words or comprehension skills that they are struggling 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.

We encourage children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘keys to success’, we have updated these from last year. Now we have the ‘skills to life’ which are Determination, Community spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Kindness, Communication and Responsibility. The ‘skills to learning’ which include Curiosity, Resilience, Conscientiousness, Independence, Collaboration, Challenge-seeking, Attentiveness and Resourcefulness.

Children will attend a Celebration Assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each year 4 class will be awarded a Powerful Learner Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes. Additionally the children will be awarded powerful learner postcards when they have shown excellent behaviour or learning during the week.

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.

Key dates this term:

Roman workshop – Thursday 10th January

INSET day – Monday 21st January

Fishbourne Roman Palace trip – Monday 11th February  


Thank you for your support, we hope you are looking forward the exciting year ahead, as much as we are.