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"The best training day of the programme so far. Absolutely loved it!"Our Primary trainees enjoyed their English Subject Day


We loved having you


We are looking forward to hosting you today


Thank you for all the food donations for our harvest assembly


Y2 was not the place for the faint-hearted today! Scorpions, tarantulas & snakes were amongst the visitors.


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The reason we do our jobs


‘Magic weaving’ - an inspirational & emotional roller coaster at John Jones’ session .


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Sir Dan addresses all 4,400 colleagues welcoming everyone to the 10th Annual Conference


So proud of our pupils - part of the Harris in Harmony concert in front of an audience of over 4,000


Frankie from WE London inspiring us to 'make a difference' in this morning's assembly


A great turn out for our Reception Phonics Workshop for parents this morning


Chestnut's first Forest Time session yesterday


Don't forget Phonics Workshop for Year 1 parents today at 9am


A lively assembly yesterday for National Fitness Day with lots of ideas for improving our fitness


Don't be disappointed - she did!


Sun salutations and downward dogs at our yoga assembly last week.


If you go down to the woods today... Willow's first Forest Time session of the year.


Twitter is quiet over the holidays so HPAD families please tweet a photo of what you've been up to over the summer


Good luck to everyone getting their GCSE results today

Harris Academies
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Year 1 Learning Overview - Spring 1 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

As Geographers we will be learning about the seven continents of the world and then finding out where different animals originate and how they have adapted to help them survive.

As Scientists we will be grouping animals in different ways, learning about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores and also thinking about why animals have different features.

As Artists we will be learning to mix colours and print-making techniques to create animal paintings and collages. We will also be looking at a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of different types of familiar animals, talking about the different effects artists have used to create their piece.

In addition:

In English we will reading a variety of stories about animals including ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ and ‘Please do not Feed the Animals’. We will be writing diary entries, poems and persuasive writing around these texts. Through these, we will be focusing on sequencing sentences to form short narratives, joining words and joining clauses, using suffixes and adjectives.

In Maths we will be looking at length and height and then mass, volume and capacity. We will then be exploring numbers up to 40 and solving addition and subtraction word problems. Towards the end of the half term, we will start to introduce multiplication through repeated addition.

In Mandarin we will be learning to speak about different family members and then move onto talking about our likes and dislikes.

In Philosophy for Children (P4C) we will continue to develop our thinking skills by asking questions and making assumptions. We will be making choices based on our opinions, and respectfully listening to and responding to others.

In Music we will continue to practise the recorder and singing. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Tuesday.

In R.E we will be learning about Hinduism and focusing on the celebration of Diwali.

Other Events:

Mint class library visit is on the 9th January and Dill class is on the 16th January.

Parent Workshops:

Wednesday 11th January 5.00 – 6.00pm: Mandarin

Mr Stagg, our mandarin teacher, will be holding a workshop for parents.  Please come along and find out about how we teach Mandarin and perhaps learn some yourself.

Thursday 9th February at either 2.30 - 3.20pm or 5.00 - 6.00pm: ‘What is Mastery and how to nurture a growth mind-set in your child’

Come along to find out what you can do to support your child in their development.

We will be going on a school visit to London Zoo on the 27th January.

Our Parent celebration will be on 9th February at 3.30pm. We will be sharing our learning with you as well as the projects from this half term.


Key information:

Uniform:  Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their name.

P.E. Kit: P.E is on Tuesday and Thursday, please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Mondays and it will be returned to you on Thursdays to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

Reading Books and Reading Records: Children read daily in school, please make sure your child’s book and reading record are in their book bags each day. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record. Your child will also choose a ‘Reading for pleasure’ book from our reading corner which you can read to them or they may wish to attempt to read themselves.  

Overview of our home learning: Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. If there are any difficulties with home learning, please see your child’s class teacher.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 7th February. Our topic this half term is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. We will be learning about a variety of common animals, the world’s seven continents, where animals originate and endangered species. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose.  It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning about over the half term.