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16/12/17

Retweetd From Caroline Pidgeon

Good site visit with TfL, Southwark and to to look at road and bus safety issues this afternoon.

15/12/17

Super Christmas concerts this week from Years 1-3 and Nativity performances from Reception. Well done everyone. Thank you families and friends for coming to watch. https://t.co/kgSwjYFFBr

15/12/17

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

圣诞节快乐! From Year 1 and https://t.co/WoiJkj9Bbq

15/12/17

Such generosity. An incredible selection of gifts collected for the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal https://t.co/Ca3KFmwAaO

09/12/17

Fun festivities at our Winter Fair today. Mother Christmas and her elves were busy all afternoon. Thank you FoHPED and everyone who supported the event. https://t.co/dQ7sGG7G6X

07/12/17

We were delighted to hear today that we have achieved the Foundation level of the British Council International School Award

05/12/17

Thank you Bart from for educating us today on what should and shouldn't go down the toilet in order to keep our rivers and waterways clean. Who knew fatbergs could be so interesting as well? Great assembly!

05/12/17

Thank you for donating our Christmas tree this year.

01/12/17

Retweetd From Southwark Council

Tomorrow is the big day: The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker is back! Start the festive season with a bang and lots of cheer https://t.co/8ajyHmxCG7 https://t.co/hD7ZzJtoo5

30/11/17

Retweetd From Literacy Trust

Do you know the communication milestones your baby should be reaching? We've got lots of info on : https://t.co/DeYePou9Mx https://t.co/UCK3GSEDP4

30/11/17

Thank you FoHPED! The cookers you funded for our practical room are being put to good use! https://t.co/u8kSRW6CtX

30/11/17

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

Congrats to these Y5s for beating my quizlet record! Looking forward to more competition from in the coming weeks! https://t.co/MmlJRzPq69

29/11/17

All are warmly welcome to our Winter Fair organised by the Friends of Harris Primary ED on Saturday 9th December 1:30 - 4pm https://t.co/nyonZamfH3

29/11/17

Thank you to for visiting us this morning and answering our many questions about what it is like to be a Mayor. https://t.co/XRhq1VK2cn

23/11/17

Scooter safety training with Reception https://t.co/HQVfOl9sXO

22/11/17

Retweetd From Heber Primary School

Great to get together to do some cross school writing moderation with and St Anthony’s and Horniman Primary https://t.co/DAPqbmCLjP

22/11/17

HPAD parent, Samantha Francis, has written this book which looks at a child’s feelings when a new sibling arrives. Worth a read if you have recently had a new baby or have one on the way. https://t.co/fFI8dGb3hK

22/11/17

Hosting writing moderation session for teachers from Harris Free School Peckham and local schools Heber, Horniman & St Anthony’s. Great professional dialogue with colleagues from other schools. https://t.co/3aoXIVo6xV

20/11/17

Year 1 really got a feel for the Great Fire of London, when they set fire to the Tudor Houses they had made on Friday. https://t.co/f3nSYmk4UW

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: www.foundationyears.org.uk

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

 

 

Celebrations

 

Traditional tales

 

Dinosaurs

Space

 

People who help us

 

Growing

 

Literacy

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

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-eTO8L3t40

Reading

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.

Writing

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.