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23/01/22

Year 4 problem solving in PE! We were impressed with your problem solving skills! Well done 👏 . https://t.co/qB99dzohov

22/01/22

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🎉 👏🏻 Congratulations to our wonderful staff, parents and students on receiving such a glowing OFSTED report! https://t.co/Hz36dbAVkK

19/01/22

Music with Mr O, great music reading skills year 6! https://t.co/nLy80P5gLh

15/12/21

What a fantastic afternoon with so many learning experiences! Year 6 baking bread experimenting with different toppings. It smells and taste yummy! https://t.co/MOTQ6robhX

15/12/21

Year 5 enjoying their collage in the style of Sarah Eisenlohr. https://t.co/tEWazrIAcr

15/12/21

It has been a busy day in Reception performing the Christmas story! We are so proud of you children! https://t.co/TNH0B7MN7D

11/12/21

What a great way to start the Winter Fair, a peep through Santa grotto! Well done Friends of Harris for the amazing job done! Having the Fair outside is awesome!#harrisfed https://t.co/hIoQ1DWtdT

09/12/21

Our children are learning a lot about neurodiversities this week. As we know children and adults are not in neat boxes…. https://t.co/7De6IrkdYr

08/12/21

P4C happening in year4 class this afternoon. Interesting thoughts from children on which planet they would like to live on and what they would like to take with them.We loved the science knowledge that came through this session https://t.co/6vshnBhQzH

08/12/21

What an incredible way to learn key vocabulary in science! Well done year 1. https://t.co/Ixtq4ly6rX

08/12/21

A quick glimpse on what to expect from our upcoming Winter performance!#Harrisfed performance https://t.co/S65WXslRnx

07/12/21

Neurodiversity week at HPAD: We are learning about different neurodiversities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, and ADHD. We’re learning about celebrities who are neurodiverse and how their neurological difference makes them successful e.g. https://t.co/raGzieId2n, Jamie Oliver https://t.co/UktvwjN8M4

23/11/21

Well done to and girls football team today. Great conduct and teamwork by both teams. Well done to for your first win! https://t.co/J6y5O0W58J

15/11/21

Odd Socks Day celebrating anti bullying week! All it takes is ONE KIND WORD. We are all different and we celebrate our differences in a kind way. . https://t.co/tRb6vJg7gX

15/11/21

Admission consultations for 2023-2024. Visit our Website for more details. https://t.co/NgimewEkyE https://t.co/FpVz1JPmON

05/11/21

Reception Stay and Read this morning. We enjoyed reading with mums and dads this morning. Thank you parents for making our reading with you so much fun. https://t.co/kxXP1lYsFo

15/10/21

Year 2 trip to church this week! Jadiael enjoyed being baptised in the church. https://t.co/PVzYvySK1E

15/10/21

Children enjoyed sharing all their incredible home learning projects this week! https://t.co/hja2EufrMy

15/10/21

Year 4 trip to Buddhist Temple! Children enjoyed speaking to Buddhist monk to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the topic this half term! . https://t.co/o5J59ztOPl

14/10/21

We are proud of our heritage, we are proud our diverse community! We are proud to be HPAD! https://t.co/cv1aTNnetX

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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 themes.

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

 

Summer 2

Roll Up Roll Up

Let's Celebrate

Traditional tales

Dinosaurs

Space and Beyond

Rainforest

 

Literacy

At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through our phonics programme 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 the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme. More information about how we teach phonics and the RWI programme, can be found here https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

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 mathematical concepts.

We use a focused programme of work which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This work feeds directly into the mathematical learning the children will continue in KS1.