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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

17/10/18

We continued with our Makaton learning today. Here we are practising the word for house. We learnt mum, dad, house, home and pink today. Follow our progress at home via: https://t.co/cFlnuEpePR https://t.co/8q6uxvtajh

17/10/18

Thank you for your generous Harvest donations which will be delivered to the Peckham Foodbank tomorrow. Mint class were the overall winners of the most bountiful box competition ⁦https://t.co/NtrFYPe4g6

13/10/18

Ms Conduit is running the Royal Parks half marathon in aid of St Mungo’s on Sunday - a charity which supports people out of homelessness. For those of you who watched Ms Conduit run the inaugural HPAD Fun Run will know how much of a challenge this is https://t.co/4Tv0ICCgFx

13/10/18

The joint winning teams at the 3rd annual FoHPED quiz. No hard feelings from the staff team who came in the upper half of the 15 teams (just!). Lovely evening, packed to the rafters as usual and brilliantly compered for the first time this year by HPAD mum, Jane. https://t.co/jmvBxAvccd

10/10/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

Lovely cartoons showing understanding of radicals from Y3 https://t.co/3nBgFztMOU

08/10/18

Our Year 4 pupils performing their fabulous 'Chinglish' poems at the Changing China Festival at the Southbank Centre on Friday. https://t.co/L8u4iU2sW2

08/10/18

Some of our Year 3 pupils performing with pupils from other Harris Academies with the ‘Harris in Harmony’ choir to over 4000 delegates at the Harris Staff Conference. This particular piece was beautiful https://t.co/FM5naWd1o5

03/10/18

If you go down to the woods today.... Forest Time is in full swing in Reception. https://t.co/2QxH9dBktH

26/09/18

Thank you for all your support! https://t.co/s5ciXL7FRQ

26/09/18

So proud of our East Dulwich community https://t.co/85wrqGjPlT

22/09/18

They made it!!!! Soggy, freezing, exhausted but still smiling! The news that they have raised an astonishing £6,832 made their smiles even broader. What an amazing achievement! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/QtQKSvIi7h

22/09/18

A motivating surprise for our riders this morning - a signed letter of encouragement from Sir Chris Hoy and news of two signed jerseys - one will be framed and hung in the school, the other will be a prize in our next raffle! https://t.co/hUWXRUAD2f

22/09/18

More riders conquer the Green Monster! Once the whole group are reunited at the top, they ride together for the last 13km down to Brighton Pier. Last call for any sponsorship before we announce the grand total to our exhausted riders in about 45 mins at the finish! https://t.co/ExYiYZkY4l

22/09/18

The front runners have reached Ditchling Beacon but will have a while to wait for the rest of the group. The Ditchling cheerleaders just saw some pretty pained looks as they can through - what troopers!! They’ve been going since 7.30am! https://t.co/BWGIdlHywf

22/09/18

Pit stop 3, 65km in. “Rain and pain” was the accompanying message🌧 😖 Please sponsor our valiant riders if you haven’t already https://t.co/d7LTsOpEqC

22/09/18

Here’s group 2 at the second pitstop - 40k down, another 50k ish to go! Spirits still high, we’re told. Go team! https://t.co/oJ8SLeO9Rc

19/09/18

Retweetd From David John Wyatt

good luck too all the parents doing the London to Brighton bike ride on Saturday for a good cause hope the wind dies down

19/09/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

I love shān they have crept into my 心. I love how the 水 falls down the 水 falls. I love the 木 on the 山 In a thousand 日and 月it will all change. There will be no more 木 or any 水 falls because of the hand of the destroyers. Now I now I am there. Wilf, Y4

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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 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

Superheroes

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

Beachcombers

 

             
Year 3 Urban Pioneers Gods and Mortals Tribal Tales Scrumdiddlyuptious Predator Tremors  
             

Year 4

Potions Misty Mountains I am a Warrior Playlist Traders & Raiders Road Trip USA

For more details of what your child will learn each half-term please see the Curriculum Overviews at the bottom of this page.

Mathematics

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. 

Reading

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. 

Handwriting

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

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.