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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Reception Learning Overview - Spring Term 2 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our topics are ‘Dinosaur Stomp’ and ‘Space and Beyond’.


In literacy, we will be writing our own information books on dinosaurs and space. We will be using captions and labels to accompany pictures that we draw. The children will continue to write sentences, remembering to start with capital letters and end with a full stop. As a challenge, we will be looking at question marks and starting to use these in our writing when asking questions.


In phonics some children will be moving onto phase 4 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase the children will not learn any new sounds but the focus will be on consolidating their knowledge of the sounds they have already learnt and continually using them in their writing. We will also be encouraging the children to read and write longer words containing these sounds such as: tonight, midnight, furniture, picture etc.


We will also continue to learn new tricky words over the term, please see your child’s home learning book.


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, 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds. The following websites have some good activities and resources:


In maths, we will be focusing on numbers including solving problems by counting in groups of 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also develop our learning of adding and subtraction. We will also be drawing on our dinosaur theme by ordering dinosaur bones by length, as well as including other shape, space and measure concepts within the learning environment.


The children will start to learn to play the recorder this term.  All children will be given a recorder, which they will need to bring into school for their lesson and take home each week to practise.


How can you help us?

To support your child’s writing at home, please encourage them to write about things that they enjoy to influence a love for writing. This could be as simple as labelling their favourite toys or writing a diary about what they done at the weekend. Your child could also help you with daily routines, helping you to write the shopping list. Please continually revise the new sounds they have been learning in phonics to emphasise and to help them remember the sounds when they are writing.


To support your child’s maths, please continually work on recognising numerals up to 20 and beyond. This includes writing these numbers so get them to write numbers for different purposes at home, for example when they are counting something. Also, encourage your child’s adding and taking away at home with simple activities.


To help us and your child identify their uniform, please ensure you have labelled every piece of clothing with their name, including vests and tights as well as P.E kit clothing. Also to ensure your child wears their school coat each day – our outside learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside.

Home project

For our project this half term, we would like you to make a dinosaur costume at home with your child. We would like you to plan it with your child first, thinking about what they want their dinosaur to look like and what materials you may use. Once it is made, your child can name their dinosaur!


These dinosaur costumes will need to be ready by Friday 8th March for our Stomp and Roar experience, where we have special visitors coming in. Your child can come to school in their made costume so that we can all dress as dinosaurs for the day! We would advise that you maybe start thinking about making these costumes in the half term.


Class routines and home learning

·       Willow and Chestnut class will continue to have PE on Thursday. Your child should have a full P.E Kit (Harris round-neck t-shirt, black or navy trousers/shorts and black plimsolls in a Harris P.E kit bag). All items should be labelled with your child’s name. Children will be expected to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you could practise fastening and unfastening buttons.


·       Homework will include a ‘Talk question’, a maths activity and phonics (sounds of the week and high frequency words to practise reading and writing). This will be given to children on Thursday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Tuesday morning. Please ensure that you are completing the homework with your child every week. Homework is a great way for children to share their learning with you and to recap what we have been learning in school.


·       As always, we ask that all children to read every day at home. This is great practise for the children and gives them a chance to show you how their reading is continually progressing as they begin to learn more sounds in school. It is helpful when you write comments in your child’s reading book as we do read these as it can support your child if for example they are struggling to read a certain word. We can then make sure we implement this word into our planning. Please make sure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day.