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 3 Learning Overview - Spring Term 1 2019

What are we learning?


Our topic for this half of the term is ‘Tribal Tales’.


As historians, we will be immersing ourselves in the world of pre-historic Britain. We will be learning about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. 

As scientists, we will be learning about the function of different parts of flowering plants and exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants.

In addition:

In English, we will studying the story ‘The First Drawing’, which is set in the Stone Age. We be writing a diary entry, character descriptions and a narrative developing a variety of writing techniques. We will also be studying other texts linked to our topic.

In maths, we will be reviewing multiplication, division and learning about mass and length. Please continue to practise your 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

In Mandarin, we will be starting a unit called 'Chinese Kitchen' which will be all about Chinese food. We will be learning the names of foods.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C), we will focusing on how we listen and respond to other’s viewpoints. 

In Music, we will learning to play the violin through simple songs and rhythm patterns.

Our Parent celebration will be on the 15th February 2019 at 1:30. This is a chance for the children to share their learning and projects with you.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.

There will also be one half-termly home learning project, linked to our topic, ‘Tribal Tales’.  Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 12th February 2019. This project could take the form of one (or more) of the following:

  • Write your own prehistoric adventure story. Will you set it in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age? Make sure your story reflects the time it is set.
  • Draw your own pet or local animal (cat, dog, hamster, rat!) in the style of a prehistoric cave painting. We know about prehistoric life from artefacts that have been found, such as food, coins, tools and jewellery. What might historians of the future find out about you from your everyday belongings?
  • Write a newspaper report about a find 1000 years in the future.
  • Use your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Are there any sites to visit or can you find any relevant online images or news stories? Iron Age people started growing crops such as spelt wheat, barley, rye and oats. Can you find these foods in your local shops? Can you find out where these crops are grown now? List your findings in a table.
  • Make a photo montage of prehistoric monuments. You can search for the best images online and download them to a PowerPoint slide or Word document.
  • Make a 3-D model of a Bronze Age settlement making sure it is historically accurate.
  • Make a list of useful websites that a historian might use to research this topic.
  • Make a list of all the skills a historian might need to do their job. Can you write a letter of application for the post of historian at your local museum? Make sure you outline all the skills you have and give examples of how you have used them in this project.

The home learning project is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the term, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that interests them.    



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’ and ‘Keys to Life’.

In school, we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour. In Year 3 children have the opportunity to earn recognition for demonstrating the school’s Keys to Success and Keys to Life. We encourage you to ask your child why they have received a special sticker and what Key to Success they followed. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thunder cloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.

Children will attend a celebration assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each Year 3 class will be awarded a Powerful Learner Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.

Other information:

P.E. Kit:  Please make sure your children have shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Children in Goldcrest class will have P.E on Monday and Tuesday, and children in Nightingale class will have P.E on Monday and Thursday. 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. Please could you check your child’s kit is labelled and girls to have a pair of socks if they usually wear tights.

Violin Lessons:  Violin lessons take place on Tuesdays; children will continue to take their violins home with them to enable them to practise during the week.  We recommend that children practise every day for 10 minutes.  Violins will be sent home on a Tuesday and must come back into school on Monday so that they can be tuned ready for the lesson on Tuesday.

Reading books and reading response: Please make sure your child’s book is in their book bags each day. Children should read daily and we ask that you record this in their reading response. Reading homework will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.