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 4 Learning Overview - Summer 1 2019

What are we learning?

This half term our topic theme is ‘Traders and Raiders, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

In history, the children will use ranges of sources to learn about the Anglo-Saxon age. The children will plot the chronology of the British settlement by the Anglo-Saxons, study the impact Julius Caesars’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC had in Brittan and learn about the Anglo-Saxons/Scots invasion from Ireland to north Britain.

In geography, the children will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/ computer mapping to locate the countries and areas of countries that were invaded by the Anglo-Saxons.  

As scientists, the children will be learning about sound. The children will carry out simple tests to identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating, how sounds travel and what factors can affect sound.

As artists the children will be using their observations to record sketches of Viking armoury.

In English, the children will be writing for many different purposes, including; instruction writing, narratives and playscripts. The children will be studying ‘How to train a Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell and ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ by William Shakespeare.  

In mathematics, this half term the children will be learning about money, time, mass, volume and length. The children will learn how to count and record in pounds and pence. They will make links between tenths and hundredths and decimal notation for money, compare amounts of money and how to round money to the nearest pound and understand contexts in which this would be a useful skill to know. They will use this skill to estimate amounts and totals. They will also apply these skills to problem-solving situations, finding totals and calculating change.

The children will learn about time and the 24-hour clock. They will learn how to use both the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock. They will convert between units of time, such as minutes and seconds, and hours and minutes. The children will learn how to solve time problems involving conversions and will calculate durations of time in relation to word problems.

The children will learn how to estimate and measure mass, volume and length. They will learn how to convert units of measure from larger to smaller and vice versa. We also be teaching how to measure perimeter using centimetres and millimetres. They will use their knowledge of measures to solve problems involving all three aspects of measurement.

In music, the children will continue to learn the violin. Violins will go home on a Tuesday and are to be returned on a Monday.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C) – We will be using our thinking skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimulus’ to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.

Key information:

P.E. Kit:  Please make sure your children have shorts, a Harris PE t-shirt, black plimsolls/trainers and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Swallowtails class will have P.E on Friday and Thursday and Peacock class will have P.E on Friday and Wednesday. 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.

Reading books and reading records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day.

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

There will also be one half-termly homework project. This half term it is linked to our topic of ‘Traders and Raiders’. Please find below some ideas for the home learning:  

  • Try making Anglo-Saxon bread or Viking flatbread (search online for recipes).
  • Look at King Alfred’s pledge: ‘I desired to live worthily as long as I lived, and to leave after my life, to the men who should come after me, the memory of me in good works’. Write a pledge – how would you like to be remembered in the future?
  • Look at images of Anglo-Saxon coins. Can you design a coin? You could draw a picture or use modelling clay or other materials to make your coin look like metal – use your imagination!
  •  Do some research about Viking names and their meanings and make up some suitable Viking names for your friends and family. Remember to describe something about each person’s appearance or characteristics.
  •  Research some simple Viking embroidery patterns. Using a needle and coloured threads, embroider a small handkerchief. Maybe you could give it to someone as a present?
  • Look at animals in Viking art (search online for the Urnes or Jellinge styles). Can you design and draw an imaginary beast to make a fantastic pattern?
  • Find out more about the Futhark alphabet (also known as the runic alphabet), used by the Vikings. Write a short message using the runic characters. Vikings wrote on wood, bone and stone. What will you use?

Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the week, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them.

Reading continues to be a priority in Year 4 and we ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records on the page next to their homework and include any words or comprehension skills that they are struggling with.

Children will be practising handwriting daily. They will be continuing to join all their letters using a cursive script. Once their handwriting is all joined and presented neatly they will be awarded the pen license.