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We're soooo to have received two educational outcomes awards from - one for being in the top 20% of schools for student attainment in 2017, and the second for being in the top 10% for student progress. Great work boys, parents, staff, governors...!


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We're honoured to have received THREE educational outcomes awards for 2017 from - for being in the top 20% of schools for student attainment, the top 10% for student progress, and for the great performance from pupils eligible for the pupil premium. Great work everyone!


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Governors Conference


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Lord Harris says thank you for being & gives awards to our longest serving


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SAVE DHFC RALLY: On Saturday, have organised a Rally, March and Celebration of Dulwich Hamlet. Speakers including , and begin at 12:30pm on Goose Green, opposite . Bring your friends, family and colour to SE22 💖💙


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So proud of our Year 8 girls for winning the run by the Institution of and


Thank you to HPAD parents Mayoni & Amy & Police Officers, Deepa & Trish for supporting our project & assembly!


Science Week Fun! Thanks to Reception mum, Gemma, & her colleague, Toby, from for bringing Sami, the robot, to meet us today. Great to hear how Sami was helping to improve automation and customer experience. There were lots of very inspired young people!


Hooray! After 18 months of waiting, we finally have our yellow zigzag lines!


Thanks for the lovely messages received from parents/carers, thanking us for keeping the school running last week. Despite difficulties faced by many, we had an average attendance of 93%, lower than our usual weekly attendance but really still a positive figure – so well done!


Science Week fun! Thank you to Ava's dad, Al, who came to talk to Year 2 & 3 today about his amazing job, which involves studying Hurricanes and their impact. What a great job!


Science Week learning and fun! Yesterday, everyone enjoyed experimenting with the scientists from Sublime Science. See their website for some exciting experiments to try at home


Please note: Whateley Road is temporarily closed between Lordship Lane and Landcroft Road to allow installation of raised junction. Improving safety for our pupils!


HPAD will be open as usual tomorrow, Monday 5th March. With the extreme weather now over, we will expect everyone to be on time by 8:50am in full uniform. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Some of our Mother’s Day Potraits on display at (ed, Northcross Road). Delighted that one of the winning entries was from HPAD, although they are all fabulous!


HPAD will be OPEN as usual today. According to the Met Office, there will be more snow later this afternoon. We will remain open until 3:20pm but any parents, worried about the journey are welcome to collect their children from 2pm. Early Bloomers plan to open as usual.


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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Early Years Curriculum

The Curriculum

In Reception, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage issued by the Department for Education (DfE).

The curriculum consists of seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

There are then 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which are part of these areas of learning. If a child achieves these goals by the end of the Reception year then they are said to be working at the expected level.

To support children with working towards these ELGs we use a document called Development Matters. This breaks down each goal into different age bands and is used by staff throughout the year to assess how close children are to reaching the goals.

All of these documents, and many other useful resources, are available from this website:

In the classroom

Early Years learning and development is provided through purposeful play and through adult led structures and routines that build confidence and provide intellectual stimulus and challenge.

Throughout the day, children have direct teaching sessions for maths, literacy and phonics, either as the whole class or in small groups. The rest of the time they take part in activities inside and outside the classroom.

Some of the activities are prepared by the teacher and will focus on specific objectives. The children are also able to choose activities from any of the other resources available.

Teaching staff engage with the children during these activities and help to support their learning and development. Children’s learning is assessed by observing what they say and do during these times. This is recorded and shared with parents.


During the course of the year, our learning in Reception will be linked to the following topic themes.




Autumn 1



Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2


All about me





Traditional tales





People who help us





At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through traditional phonics and children are encouraged to read for pleasure and take books home. 


Phonics is the method used in most primary schools to teach children to read. It teaches children the 44 sounds used in the English language and then the letter or letters which make those sounds. Children are taught to apply this knowledge for both reading and spelling words. In Reception, children have daily teaching sessions for phonics and this continues into Key Stage 1. At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we use the Sounds-Write programme as the basis for our phonics teaching. For help on how to correctly pronounce phonemes. please go to


As well as taking part in daily phonics sessions, children are given opportunities to read every day either with an adult or independently. Children also have stories read to them frequently in class and books are often the basis for an entire unit of work.

Reading books are sent home with the children at a level which matches their phonic understanding so they can continue practising at home. They are also allowed to take home other books to read with an adult as this helps develop a love of reading as well as improving their understanding and comprehension. Research has shown the significant positive impact that reading at home can have on children’s ability and understanding so we encourage families to read with their children on a daily basis.


Children are taught grammar, punctuation, spelling, handwriting and writing for purpose. Some of this is delivered as part of the daily phonics sessions and also as part of the focused and independent learning activities. Children are asked to complete an adult-directed piece of writing at least once per fortnight and this is kept in thye children's Enormous Write folders.

We use a cursive handwriting script which teaches children the correct letter formations and also the different families of letter joins. In Reception, we teacher pre-cursive writing from the beginning to prepare them for cursive handwriting later in KS1.

Writing is encouraged in a range of contexts and across a range of subjects in order to engage all children.


Mathematical Development

The focus of the maths curriculum in Reception is on ensuring children have an excellent understanding of the basic concepts of number along with a real-world understanding of maths through shape, space and measurement. Children are taught how to write numbers but the focus is on the understanding of the concepts.

We use an innovative, focused program of work which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording.