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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.


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


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



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 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 using our own phonics programme that we have developed using our expertise in the area. Phonics teaching and learning supports the development of early reading and writing skills. 


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. 


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 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.