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 Term 2 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Moon Zoom’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

As geographers, we will be looking at physical features on Earth and trying to spot similar features on other planets using Google Earth and images captured using the Mars Rover. We will also be looking at map symbols, thinking about why each symbol might mean and why they might be used.

As scientists, we will be learning all about the planets in our solar system, investigating how to create a rocket, and researching astronauts.

As artists, we will be creating sculptures of space crafts using junk modelling, designing moon buggies, and using clay to create alien sculptures.

In addition:

In English, we will reading a variety of stories about space and aliens, including Way Back Home, Sydney, Stella and the Moon, Man on the Moon. We will use adjectives and conjunctions (when, if, that, because, or and but) to expand our sentences. We will also be doing a range of writing for different purposes such as reports, newspaper articles, letters, diary entries and non-fiction writing.

In maths, we will be covering mass, volume & capacity, numbers to 100, money and time.

In Mandarin, we will be recapping our learning about colours and using this to describe different foods we will be learning about.  

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 the recorder and use different percussion instruments. We will also be doing some singing, thinking about the tone and pitch of our voices.

In RE we will be learning about Christianity and focusing on the celebration of Easter.  

Other Events:

Word Book Day is on Thursday 7th March, children can come in dressed as their favourite book character, and if they have a copy of the book, they can bring that in too.

Science Week is the week commencing 18th March. The children will be participating in fun experiments and learning about famous scientists linked to their topic.

Our Parent celebration will be on Friday 5th March at 1:30pm. We will be sharing our learning with you as well as the projects from this half term.


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

P.E. Kit: P.E is on Monday and Wednesday for Dill Class. Tuesday and Wednesday for Mint Class.

Please ensure your child is brought into school on Monday/Tuesday in their full PE kit with their school uniform in their bags, PE kits will return home on Wednesday. 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. Please ensure that both books are returned to school every day.

Overview of our home learning: 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.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 2nd April. Our topic this half term is ‘Moon Zoom’. We will be learning about space and materials. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose.  It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning about over the half term.  Here are some ideas:

• Visit your local library and search for space-themed books. Read and talk with an

adult about the books you find.

• With an adult, search the web for fascinating space facts and make your very own

space fact book.

• Ask an adult to help you find the names of all the people who have walked on the

Moon. There are 12 of them!

• Use an app to find constellations, planets and stars in the night sky. Which

constellation is the easiest to recognise? Which star is the brightest?

• With an adult, explore the Hubble Space Telescope website. Check out the amazing gallery images!

• Imagine you’re an astronaut completing different space missions and make a mini

book about your work.

• Make a telescope from junk cardboard materials and sticky tape. Just before

bedtime, use your telescope to look up at the stars. Can you see any wonderful star

patterns in the sky? Grab a piece of paper and draw the pattern of stars that you

spotted. Take the pattern to school to share with the class.