Some of our children have been brightening up their windows with rainbows and reminding everyone to stay safe. 🌈🌈🌈


Well done Louis!


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⁩ Louis in Eucalyptus included the NHS logo in his rainbow 🌈


Parents, please share examples of your home learning. We would love to see how the children are doing 😊


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Parents and carers with children on Free School Meals - please take note of the scam email being circulated asking you for your bank details. Please do not respond to it if you receive it.


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PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.


Some of our pupils have written messages to key workers to show their appreciation for the work they do


We have a new plaque outside Kent House. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones attended the grammar school that was previously on our site.


The children are very excited by their new climbing frame, which was officially ‘opened today’


World Book Day was a great success at HPAKH today with books by such authors as and being celebrated!


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Day 4. Paestum/ Poseidonia. Students exploring the stunningly preserved temples.


Well done to year 6 for organsing their own bake sale yesterday. They raised £131 and made most of the cakes themselves! Thanks to everyone who supported them by buying a cake or two 🍰 🧁


Who has taken part in the extreme reading challenge? If you have read in an unusual place, please share your picture with us.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. First day back for the children is Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 8.45am.


Some wonderful artwork from our year 4s at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Christmas at Kent House


Library Visit – EYFS


Library Visit – EYFS

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1:
Beech and Birch class


Miss Coxon is teaching in Beech Class and Mr Hayward and Mr Turner are teaching Birch Class.

Welcome to year 1! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn 2. Homework is due in on the 14th of February.


In year 1, the PE days are on Monday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days and all jewellery is removed.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.



Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading the book ‘Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett. Your task is to choose and read another book by the same author. Please think about the following questions-

What do you think is going to happen in this story and why?

Who is your favourite character and why?

Would you change anything in the story and why?

Would you like to live in the story?

Is there anything you would change in the story and why?


In Music, we are learning about Blues, Funk and Latin Music!

Can you listen to any of these types of music at home?

What do you like about each style of music?

What instruments can you hear being played?

In Science we are learning about the human body!

Could you create something to show your learning about the body? Perhaps you could create a labelled body-part? Perhaps you could present your understanding of the body in your own way!

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school:

Spelling – practise weekly spellings.

Reading to an adult every evening.

Handwriting – practise forming the letters of the alphabet clearly and accurately.

Counting to 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

In history we are thinking about important times in our lives, and about what happens in the past, present, and future.

Can you write about an important thing that has happened to you in the past?

Your task is to design a sorting machine (i.e. draw it!) that could sort different shapes, to support with our maths learning this term!


A note to parents, over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

Homework is due in on the second to last week of half term

What are we learning?


This term we will begin by reviewing our knowledge on addition and subtraction. We will also start to consider equations that divide and multiply.  We will conclude Spring 2 with a focus on fractions, specifically halves and quarters.


Our focus book this term is Lila and the secret of rain, written by David Conway and illustrated by Jude Davy. Lila and the secret of rain tells the story of how Lila saves her village form the heat of the sun by telling the sky the saddest thing she knows.


In history, we will continue our discussion on how we are making history every day. We will be looking at family trees as we learn about the story of our own family. We will be learning some new vocabulary such as ancestor and generation.


In Science, we will continue learning about animals including humans. We will be learning about the different ways that animals can be classified by investigating the different diets of different animals and the different physical features that these animals have. Some of the vocabulary that we will be learning this half term include; mammal, reptile, bird, fish, amphibian, vertebrate, invertebrate, herbivore, omnivore and carnivore.


In Art this term, we will be using inks to practice a variety of printing techniques. We will continue using a wide range of art and design techniques by using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape to create our prints. We will specifically be looking at artists such as Sonia Delauney and Bernice Sydney, who have famously created artworks using different printing techniques.


This term in Geography we will be asking the question ‘What is the weather in the UK like?’. We will review our knowledge on the four seasons and the weather that you might typically experience in those seasons. We will also be learning about different types of clouds, such as Cirrus, Cumulus and Stratus.


In Music we will be listening to Latin and Brazilian Music, specifically Bossa Nova. We will be listening to artists such as Joanna Mangona and Ricky Martin. We will compare the differences between the genres as well as learn how to find the pulse in a song.

R. E

In RE we will begin learning about Judaism and Jewish celebrations.  We will continue asking questions such as ‘How can we show that we are grateful?’


In PE this term we will continue practicing our dance moves. We will also be improving our hockey skills.


All the children have been reassessed and have been placed in new phonics groups for spring term 2. We will be continuing to learn new sounds and improve our reading fluency and our comprehension.


How can I help at home?.

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children have a Mathletics login in the back of their reading journals – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. They are also given a login to “Literacy Planet” which can be used regularly to help develop fluency in Literacy.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr Hayward, Mr Turner, or Miss Coxon, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mr Hayward, Mr Turner and Miss Coxon