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 2 Learning Overview - Spring Term 2 2019

What are we learning?

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

As scientists, we will be making lots of different mixtures and looking at the properties of each mixture. We will be experimenting with dough, soap and other materials, exploring melting and freezing and will continue to use our scientific skills of enquiry, observation and experimentation.

As artists and designers, we will using different mixtures and techniques to create interesting decorative effects on paper. We will also be designing and making food and evaluating how this fits into a healthy lifestyle.

In addition:

In English, we will be using texts by Roald Dahl; such as The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes; as a stimulus for a variety of types of writing, including the responses to what we are reading. We will be writing poems of our own, and using our skills in non-fiction writing to create a recount.

In maths, we will be continuing to learn about fractions of numbers, 2D and 3D shapes and mass and linking this to our work on number, in particular, multiplication and division. We will also be continuing our problem solving and carrying on with our Maths Challenges.

In Mandarin, we will continue to broaden our vocabulary through songs and games. We will be especially focusing on words that enable us to talk about ourselves. We will also continue to learn how to write in Mandarin.

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 develop our musical skills using percussion instruments. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Tuesday.

Other information:

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

P.E. Kit: Both classes have P.E on a Tuesday and a Friday Therefore please ensure that your child’s kit is in school for both of these days. Please also ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Monday and it will be returned to you after PE on Tuesday ready for the children to wear into school on Friday. The children will then change back into their uniform for the remainder of the day. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

Reading Books, Records and Targets: Children read daily in school, however this may be taking place in larger groups this term; please make sure your child’s book and reading record (yellow book) books are in their bag each day. These books will be changed up to every 3 weeks depending on the text. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning this term will be in the CGP maths reasoning and reading booklets. The pages to complete for each week will be communicated to you and it 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 ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures.’ Here are some ideas of things you could try, you may have other better ideas:

  • Cook something with a grown up and create a picture record of what you have

done. Perhaps you could try one of Roald Dahl’s revolting recipes?

  • Take your grown up shopping and encourage them to buy a food they’ve never eaten before.
  • In the bath, use a measuring jug to measure different amounts of water. Create a capacity problem and bring them into school for other children to solve.
  • Create a piece of artwork, inspired by Carl Warner, using foods you have at home. Take photos of your creation and take it into school on photo paper or a digital storage device.
  • Make a slush drink by freezing a cup of juice. How long does it take to freeze? How about making different coloured drinks by mixing different juices? Record your investigation in a scientific report.
  • Set up a melting experiment. Take two or three glasses and fill them with the same number of ice cubes. Put them in different places and see which melts first. Do the ice cubes melt faster if you stir them? Present your investigation in a digital format.
  • Compare how long it takes for sugar lumps to dissolve in warm and cold water. How can you record your findings?
  • Work with an adult at home to create a clay tile, imprinted with different patterns and shapes, or decorated with clay slip.
  • Create an original piece of artwork inspired by an artist you admire and bring it to school to show your class.
  • Write a poem with the title ‘Muck, mess and mixtures’. Include some exciting adjectives and read it aloud to the class.


    Science week will be taking place from 18th – 22nd March and we will be having talks and workshops from visiting scientists. We are planning a visit to Oddono’s ice cream shop towards the end of term to find out about how ice cream is made and will send a letter home with more information on this trip soon.

    World Book Day is on Thursday the 7th of March and we are hoping to raise lots of money for Read for Good by taking part in sponsored reading throughout the week.

    Our Parent celebration will be on Friday the 5th of April at 1.30pm. We will be sharing our learning with you as well as the projects from this half term.