HPS News December edition

Notes from the Head

I can’t believe it is the last week of term. As you will be aware we are really getting into the Christmas spirit here with the KS1 and KS2 Christmas concerts. I have been fortunate to have attended both and have been so impressed by the quality of the performances: HPS children are confident performers; their behaviour is impeccable and they sang tunefully and with gusto. It was a real Christmas treat to see and one that made me very proud of all the children at HPS. Thank you for your support, providing Christmas jumpers, helping children learn their words and for your moral support in giving them the confidence to stand up on stage and perform. And a HUGE thank you to the PTFA for adding some extra Christmas magic to the performance with their teas, coffees, the raffle and not forgetting the warm welcome from the Christmas elf!

Supervising children at the end of the school day – I would like to remind you that it is your responsibility once the children have left class to supervise dyour children whilst waiting for older siblings in the playground. Please don’t let your child swing from the trees or climb on the top of the playhouse. Thank you.

And finally, on behalf of the staff at HPS, I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and the very best of New Years. See you in 2017!

DiAry Dates

Rights Respecting

As is now tradition at HPS, the final day of term sees our school community supporting a national and local charity that both provide support to those people who need it at Christmas. Please see the email that has been sent out given the details of our Christmas Jumper Day (including the Honiton Food Bank) on Friday 16th December. If you have not received these details, please ask the office for more information.

Sports News

Despite it being such a busy time across the school, luckily, there has been just enough time to squeeze in a cluster event! Twenty five children from Years 3 and 4 were fortunate to be invited to a Dance Festival run by Arnikah Brown at Honiton Community College and four terrific sports leaders. The children had the opportunity of learning a complicated set routine to a popular Christmas song; and were challenged to choreograph their own section which was hard work but lots of fun! A great way to put ourselves in the Christmas spirit - if we weren't already! Well done Year 3 and 4

Around the School...


Wow! What a term. Every year we are amazed at how much our children change throughout their first term at school. From apprehensive newbies, all of our cohort are now confident, evolving learners who are excited by the challenges we set them on a daily basis. We hope you also have noticed a difference in your children's skills, confidence and learning since the start of September. It has been great talking to parents who have noticed their child starting to want to write at home or be eager to attempt reading words in books. This is what it is all about! Developing independent, creative and hardworking young learners who are able to apply the skills we are teaching them. From all the team at HPS FU, may we wish you all a happy and safe Christmas. Remember, the greatest gift you can give your child this year is your time (talk, draw, play, sing, walk, make and create!)...enjoy the festive break and we will see you back, ready to learn, on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Year 1

It's been a very busy end of term in year 1! In storytelling, we have learnt and performed a journey story featuring a girl called Penda who needs to take milk to her father watching his goats up in the hills. Then, we set about creating our own innovations for the return leg - taking a juicy mango back home to mum! We needed to learn how to use 'and' to join ideas in a sentence as there was so much for Penda to see!

In maths, we have been learning to identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes with lots of games. Please talk to your child about all the 2D and 3D shapes they can see at home and when out and about!

Also, as we hope you got to hear, the children worked really hard in rehearsing and then performing their Christmas songs to two full houses. They were so confident and sang their hearts out. Well done!

A final request to keep up the regular reading at home over Christmas. Your support at home makes a HUGE impact on your child's reading progress. Thank you and merry Christmas everyone

Year 2

What an exciting last couple of weeks we have had in Year 2. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas Concert as much as we did, and a very special thanks to all of you who helped to make it so wonderful!

In Literacy we have been busy finishing off our finding tales and making sure we use the best descriptive words possible to give our audience a picture in their mind as they read.

In Numeracy we have been proving how we know a calculation is correct and inventing games to help us to learn our doubles all the way up to double 20. Perhaps you can continue to help us learn them over the holidays. And speaking of holidays, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! The Year 2 Team.

Year 3

Wow! We've reached the end of our first term in year 3... Where did the time go?! Well done to all of you for your hard work this term. The last few weeks have been very busy indeed what with concert performances and final pieces of learning to finish. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas Concert and now feel ready for the festive season!

Our final piece of writing took us to the woods where we had to imagine that Leon had found himself in a new setting that we needed to describe. It was very important for our reader to picture the setting in their mind. To do this, we used lots of awesome adjectives and adverbial phrases. We finished our BBI learning with a bang by making real volcanoes which we then erupted on the playground - how exciting! We have loved this unit of work and now feel like we our mini volcano experts!

Enjoy your Christmas holidays. Be sure to rest up ready for a new term in the new year. Merry Christmas from everyone in year 3!

Year 4

What a busy end of term we have had! Well done to all of you in the KS2 Christmas concert, you blew everyone away with your singing. The jars looked amazing, as result of all your hard work.

We've spent the last few weeks thinking carefully about how we can write an effective setting description, particularly through the use of adverbial phrases. We wrote some beautiful descriptions of Santa's grotto which we even shared with our Year 1 twin classes - you inspired them with your magical writing.

We were lucky enough to have a rather interesting visitor in last week - a local policeman! It was so interesting to hear about the history of the police force, and how different it was compared to now.

From all of year 4, we wish you a very merry Christmas. Enjoy your break!

Year 5

In Year 5 we have had an amazingly busy and varied time! Some of us were fortunate enough to visit the local Thelma Hulbert art gallery and spent time creating our own awesome art with clay, charcoal, leaves and mosaics! We had a super time and were able to bring some of our art back to the school to share with our friends. In maths we have been working on short and long multiplication, and while this has been tricky we have enjoyed the challenge and have since moved onto division. Also, in maths, we entered the recent Sumdog competition and both classes came in the top 4 in Devon, with one of the students achieving the best score overall. We have already entered the National competition, which ends on Fri 16 Dec 16, and we hope to score well up the field. In literacy we have continued to write descriptive and imaginative language, which we have just used in our cross-curricular write and produced our own incredible books. We have also spent time learning about football and gymnastics and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Alongside all of this varied and remarkable learning we have also been preparing for Christmas, which has included our seasonal production, which we are very proud of and hope you enjoy. Wow! What a lot we have crammed into such a short time, which just leaves us to wish you all a super Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Year 6

Wow! What a term! We have had a really busy couple of weeks in year 6.

In storytelling we have been putting our persuading skills to good use by writing a persuasive speech about a topic we feel passionate about. We've had a range of topics from deforestation to why Pokemon go should be banned. This has resulted in some fantastic writing from our year 6 children.

We have been lucky enough to have two interesting visitors over the past week. Last week we were treated to a workshop about sustainable fishing. Some of us even got the opportunity to pretend to be fishermen (and fish!). On Monday we had a visit from a member of staff from the Jurassic Coast Trust. He brought in fossils for us to handle (some of them were really heavy!!) and talked to us about how fossils are formed and what they can tell us about the past.

Finally, a big well done to our year 6's who have been working really hard on our ks2 Christmas concert. Merry Christmas year 6! Enjoy your well-deserved break!

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