'Loneliness' by Monty. Chosen from over 6200 entries to be exhibited at the Royal Academy's Young Artists' Summer Show. Congratulations Monty.


More climbing activity this morning


Obstacle course race


More from the nightline


Conquering the nightline! Blindfolded obstacle course


Kingswood 2019 update: Good night’s sleep had by all. Eating breakfast, ready for the day ahead.


Kingswood 2019 update. Exhausted after this evening's pool party - everyone in bed, lights out and all quiet...long may it last!


Year 3 enjoying a hearty evening meal this evening


Lots of bravery, resilience and strength on display while rock climbing at Kingswood today


Pool party in full swing!


Year 3 have arrived safely at Grosvenor Hall, eaten lunch and are enjoying their first activity.


Warmed our hearts to see children dancing in the street this morning!


Spectators are ready for today’s sporting events at Harris Federation Sports Day at the Crystal Palace stadium


Children from Years 2-4 enjoying an amazing day of sailing at Surrey Quays today thanks to


International Feast brought an end to International Week on Friday. A lovely way to bring the half term to a close.


An amazing £1131.65 raised for NSPCC


Thanks Ric from who this term has been working with our Eco Champions, thinking about reducing plastic use. Here is Ric talking to all the children about this issue - inspiring the younger generation to make changes to their own plastic usage!


HPAD Fun Run organised by our fabulous PTA, FoHPED. Thank you to everyone who took part.


Delighted to welcome author and mathematician to HPAD on Thursday. Y3/4 were inspired by Rob’s range of of mathematical tricks & puzzles. The children left excited to try the tricks for themselves in the playground


Now for a mini beast hunt. Lots of slugs, snails, ground beetles, ants, spiders and woodlice

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KS1 & 2 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.

Our thematic curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge and the development of skills which has been mapped to the 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, Mandarin 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




Year 4


Misty Mountains

I am a Warrior

Blue Abyss

Traders & Raiders

Road Trip USA

Year 5


Time Travellers

Off with her head


Peasants, Princes and Pestilience

Beast Creator

Year 6

Hola Mexico

A Child’s War

Blood Heart

Darwin’s Delight

Gallery Rebels


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 based on the progression in  'Letters and Sounds'  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. 


From Reception, children 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 model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.  During Year 1, 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. 


Page Downloads

Title Date  
YR1 Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview - Superheroes 25th Sep 2016 Download
YR1 Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview - Bright Lights, Big City 25th Sep 2016 Download
YR1 Spring 1 Curriculum Overview - Paws, Claws and Whiskers 06th Jan 2017 Download
YR1 Spring 2 Curriculum Overview - Moon Zoom 23rd Feb 2017 Download
YR1 Summer 1 Curriculum Overview - Splendid Skies 01st May 2017 Download
YR1 Summer 2 Curriculum Overview - Memory Box 25th Sep 2016 Download
YR2 Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview - Wriggle and Crawl 03rd Oct 2016 Download
YR2 Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets 03rd Oct 2016 Download
YR2 Spring 1 Curriculum Overview - Street Detectives 06th Jan 2017 Download
YR2 Spring 2 Curriculum Overview - Muck, Mess and Mixtures 13th Feb 2017 Download
YR2 Summer 1 Curriculum Overview - Land Ahoy 01st May 2017 Download
YR2 Summer 2 Curriculum Overview - Beachcomber 04th Oct 2016 Download
YR3 Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview - Urban Pioneers 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR3 Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview – Gods and Mortals 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR3 Spring 1 Curriculum Overview Tribal Tales 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR3 Spring 2 Curriculum Overview Scrumdiddlyumptious 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR3 Summer 1 Curriculum Overview Predator! 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR3 Summer 2 Curriculum Overview Tremors 27th Nov 2017 Download
YR4 Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview - Potions 26th Sep 2018 Download
YR4 Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview - Misty Mountains Sierra 26th Nov 2018 Download
YR4 Spring 1 Curriculum Overview - I am Warrior! 17th Dec 2018 Download
YR4 Spring 2 Curriculum Overview - Blue Abyss 22nd Feb 2019 Download