The first of three amazing end of year performances at the ⁦⁩. This is Reception & Year 1.


Just heard that we have achieved the silver Eco Schools award! Well done to our Eco Champions for their work on this.


A thank you received this week from the NSPCC for the amazing £1,131.65 raised from the sponsored obstacle course.


Pupil Parliament discussing our curriculum with Mrs Johnson today as part of our curriculum review.


Week 3 of our journey through traditional playground games. This week: tiddlywinks


This time of the year is great for reflecting on the progress the children have made. Here an example from a Reception child


Sometimes we don't need to look far for our inspiration. Here is our very own Eva winning Gold as part of the Southwark BMX team at the London Youth Games last weekend. Even more amazing, she was only a week out of plaster, having broken a bone coming off her bike.


Week 2 of our traditional games - French skipping!


Thank you to the boys from and girls from for helping out at our Summer Fair today


Harris Primary East Dulwich Summer Fair well underway. Come along from 12-3pm today, Sat 22nd at 173 Lordship Lane


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Come along to our Summer Fair this Saturday, 22nd June from 12pm to 3pm. Look forward to seeing you there!


Delighted to hear today that we have achieved the bronze Eco Schools award and are well on the way to silver. Great work from our Eco Champions - well done!


We are introducing some traditional games to playtime this term. This week it’s Cat’s Cradle.


'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

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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