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08/12/18

Thank you to the fabulous young ladies from ⁦⁩ for helping out at our Christmas Fair today https://t.co/hgyMOCB1he

08/12/18

Christmas Fair in full swing at Harris Primary East Dulwich today until 3pm. Come along for some festive cheer! https://t.co/W9tGYryLG5

07/12/18

This Christmas, our Charity Committee have decided to support SE London initiative, Big Red Box . A list of required items can be found at https://t.co/irdNiKunVB https://t.co/MFF9lYlXul

06/12/18

Look at the amazing prizes on offer in our PTA raffle! Tickets on sale at our Winter Fair on Saturday. Thank you to these fantastic businesses for their generous donations! https://t.co/WJPYHjarOQ

03/12/18

Hong Kong Poet inspires Mandarin beginners https://t.co/GjCMDytxvR

03/12/18

Don’t miss the event of the season! Harris Primary East Dulwich’s Christmas Fair is on Saturday 8th December 12:30-3pm. https://t.co/L40f5PKXp4

29/11/18

‘I’ve decided I want to be a civil engineer so I can build underground water pipes, so that people in Sri Lanka, where my family are from, can have running water’. Year 2 child after a talk yesterday from a civil engineer as part of their ‘Towers, Turrets and Tunnels’ topic.

29/11/18

If you noticed smoke emanating from school on Friday, I hope you were not alarmed! There was a sudden end for Year 1's Tudor houses last week, as the Great Fire of London was dramatically brought to life! https://t.co/DaWZu3nsi4

29/11/18

Thank you - we raised £108.13 during the recent Poppy Appeal https://t.co/Y5ALDtFR3B

23/11/18

Year 4 spent a fabulous day at Box Hill yesterday, acquiring new skills and learning lots about Box Hill. All part of their Misty Mountains Sierra topic this term. https://t.co/QUtewthM4K

23/11/18

Two of our Eco Champions proudly showing the bronze STARS award they collected at the TfL STARS award ceremony on Wednesday https://t.co/aLgedgTIVa

16/11/18

Today, we finally got the chance to perform the poetry we have all been focusing on during performance poetry week. https://t.co/5DifQIXQRk

16/11/18

A firm message from HPAD to 'Choose Respect'! Odd Socks Day today brought Anti-Bullying Week to a colourful end. https://t.co/gVGVeWteyw

13/11/18

Retweetd From Harris Sixth Form

Thursday 15th Nov 4.30pm to 7.00pm - Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich (Homestall Campus) - Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich (Rye Campus) More details on our website. https://t.co/usa0BPsxo0

01/11/18

Year 4 avidly listening to Ms Reynolds’ father talk about his many hiking expeditions, both in the UK and overseas, as part of their topic 'Misty Mountains Sierra'. https://t.co/B4PD10GUEg

01/11/18

Some of Year 4 took part in a football tournament on Tuesday, playing against other Southwark schools. Not only was it an enjoyable day but the team came 4th out of 17 teams, won a ‘Team Work’ award and was awarded ‘boy of the tournament’. A successful day all round!

01/11/18

Much excitement in Year 1 this week when we hosted a visit from a very important visitor! https://t.co/WkBUIrLijg

24/10/18

Retweetd From Dulwich Hamlet FC

STATEMENT: Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust announce the club’s return to Champion Hill Read More Here: https://t.co/DCELnFyFgP https://t.co/tmrbHw3F97

22/10/18

Retweetd From Lauren Juliff

Our funding applications are done for this year. Fingers crossed we receive council support for our school Air Purification Project 🤞🤞#cleanergreenersafer

18/10/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

Thanks and for encouraging our brilliant young poets to experiment with Chinese characters https://t.co/I6MhOfNhXt

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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

 

Fantastic Foods

 

 

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 teach phoincs using our own phonics programme that we have developed using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. 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 each week 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 week in their writing book.

We use a pre-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.