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 - Spring 1 Term 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this. We will be learning about a variety of common animals, the world’s seven continents, where animals originate and endangered species.

As geographers, we will be learning about the seven continents of the world and then finding out where different animals originate and how they have adapted to help them survive.

As scientists, we will be grouping animals in different ways, learning about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores and also thinking about why animals have different features.

As artists, we will be learning to mix colours and print-making techniques to create animal paintings and collages. We will also be looking at a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of different types of familiar animals, talking about the different effects artists have used to create their piece.

In addition:

In English, we will reading a variety of stories about animals including ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ and ‘Please do not Feed the Animals’. We will be writing diary entries, poems and persuasive writing around these texts. Through these, we will be focussing on sequencing sentences to form short narratives, joining words and joining clauses, using suffixes and adjectives.

In maths, we will be looking at multiplication through repeated addition.We will then be exploring numbers up to 40 and solving addition and subtraction word problems. We will then move onto mass, volume and capacity.

In Mandarin, we will be focusing on learning animal names and the story of the Chinese Zodiac in a topic about Chinese New Year.

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 different musical instruments and singing. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Wednesday.

In R.E, we will be learning about Hinduism and focusing on the celebration of Diwali.

Other Events:

10/1/19 Animal workshop - On the first week back we will be having an animal workshop at school to celebrate our new topic.

London Zoo School visit 1/2/19 - You will receive a separate letter regarding this nearer the time.

w/c 28/1/19 - This week is Arts week in school where the children will be creating masterpieces using different manipulatives! These will be displayed in our own gallery in a classroom upstairs for all to see.

8/2/19 - On the 9th of February, (the last day of term) we will be finishing early at 1.30pm to have our learning celebration.


Other information:

Uniform:  Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their name.

P.E. Kit: For Dill class P.E is on Monday and Wednesdays, please ensure your child’s wears their kit to school on Mondays and it they will wear it home on Wednesdays to wash at home. For Mint class P.E is on Tuesday and Wednesdays, please ensure your child’s wears their kit to school on Tuesdays and it they will wear it home on Wednesdays to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

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 will also choose a ‘Reading for pleasure’ book from our reading corner which you can read to them or they may wish to attempt to read themselves.  

Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. If there are any difficulties with home learning, please see your child’s class teacher. Please encourage your child to do their own homework with your support, this means getting them to write their answers to the thinking question as it is good practise for them.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 5th February. Our topic this half term is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose, this could be a poster, a presentation, a model, a fact file, a newspaper report, an observational drawing – let your imagination run wild!  Whatever it is, it should demonstrate what your child has learnt during the course of the topic. It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning about over the half term.