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 - Summer 1 2019

What are we learning?

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

As geographers, we will be looking at weather around the world and instances of extreme weather, we will also be comparing the weather within the U.K and weather in Africa and China.

As scientists, we will be looking at the types of clothing needed during the four seasons and discuss the months of the year and which season they fall into.  We will measure rainfall, wind direction and temperature and complete weather reports using what we have found. We will be looking at our shadows and investigating how they change position throughout the day. We will also be looking at the different types of flowers and trees we see during Spring and how this varies over the year.

As artists, we will be creating seasonal pictures inspired by Turner, using wax and thinking about which colours he used to depict different seasons and why. We will also be creating still life sketches of natural objects, which we found on our nature walk in the park.

In English, we will reading a variety of stories about the weather around the world and writing diary entries and letters. We will focus on creating sentences using the correct punctuation, thinking about how we can add detail to our sentences to make them more interesting and using the suffix ‘-ing’ to write in the past tense.  

In maths, we will be covering money, time, shape and solving word problems involving all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) in different contexts with numbers up to 100.

In Mandarin, we will continue to broaden our vocabulary through songs and games. We will be particularly focussing on learning the Mandarin numbers and being able to count objects in Chinese. 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 use different percussion instruments.

In RE, we will be learning about Islam and learn about Muslim beliefs, what Muslims believe about God, how Muslims give thanks for the creation and family life.


Other information:

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 and Tuesday and Wednesday for Mint class, please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on the first day and the children will wear it home on Wednesdays to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name. NB. For the first three weeks there will be no Monday or Tuesday PE for Year 1.

As we are now over half way through the year, please check your child’s P.E kit for size and wear and tear as children are growing so quickly and plimsolls may become too small.

Recorder lessons: Children will be doing music on a Wednesday afternoon, these lessons will involve recorder practise so please ensure your child’s recorder is in their bag. If a recorder is lost or damaged, please speak to your class teacher about getting a replacement.

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. Please ensure your child completes their homework with some support if needed, writing themselves instead of someone scribing for them.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 21st May. Our topic this half term is ‘Splendid skies’. We will be learning about the four seasons and weather within the UK and around the world including extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose.  Here are some ideas:

  • Learn how to fly a kite, asking an adult to help you.
  • Visit your local library to look for stories about the weather. Which is your favourite?
  • Make a weather chart and keep a record of the weather every day.
  • Learn how to spell weather words such as hurricane, tornado, thunder, rain, wind, snow, sun, storm, wet, dry, hot and cold.
  • Go on a walk, taking photographs of signs of the season, such as buds, new leaves or leaves falling from the trees.
  • Collect rainwater in a container. How much can you collect in a week?
  • Show an adult how to make a shadow with a torch.
  • Make a mini book containing pictures of yourself wearing outfits suitable for each season or weather type.
  • Take your teddy with you on holiday or a day out. Write about where your teddy went, what he did and what the weather was like. 


Other Events:

On Monday 22nd April and Monday 6th May school will be closed due to bank holidays.

Monday 29th May school will be closed due to an INSET day.

Library visits: Dill class will visit the library on Friday 10th May and Mint class will visit on Friday 26th April.

20th - 24th of May will be International Week in school. On the Friday, as it is the last day of term, we will be finishing at 1.30 and will have an international feast for the children and families to enjoy. More information to follow.