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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.

Curriculum

Topic Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.? English, Mathematics, R.E., Music and P.E. are generally taught as discrete subjects. All the remaining subjects are taught through our thematic curriculum, which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning. In addition to this, children are taught Mandarin as a Modern Foreign Language alongside furthering their Spanish learning from last year. 

Our thematic curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge and the development of skills which has been mapped to the 2014 National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.  It is delivered through half-termly Imaginative Learning Projects which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.  Our curriculum provides children with many learning challenges throughout the year that require them to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.  Teachers work to ensure all learning is exciting, active and meaningful for children.

Music and P.E. are taught by specialist teachers. ? 

The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Superheroes

Bright Lights, Big City

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Moon Zoom!

Splendid Skies

Memory Box

             
Year 2

Wriggle and Crawl

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets Street Detectives Muck, Mess and Mixtures Land Ahoy

Beachcombers

 

             
Year 3 Urban Pioneers Gods and Mortals Tribal Tales Scrumdiddlyuptious Predator Tremors  

For more details of what your child will learn each half-term please see the Curriculum Overviews at the bottom of this page.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught daily at Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich. We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of Singapore Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English Teaching and Learning

Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children develop and progress their skills continuously. Learning objectives are taken from the programmes of study in the current National Curriculum for English.  

We teach Phonics through the Letter and Sounds programme. Phonics teaching and learning supports the development of early reading and writing skills. 

Reading

We believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through KS1 and into KS2 they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities. These activities include, reading journal tasks and written comprehension tasks. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities. 

Handwriting

Year one are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year one model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.  In Year two, children begin to learn to join letters using a cursive script.

Writing

Writing is taught through two separate but intrinsically linked lessons. Firstly, all children participate in regular ‘writing skills’ sessions where the focus is on learning and developing the ‘tools’ or ‘skills’ of writing such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, drafting and improving in an age appropriate manner. Compositional and creative writing is taught in the main through our thematic topic work which allows the teachers to select writing tasks that match well with other learning in the topic, we believe that this helps them to feel that their writing is meaningful and has a purpose.