KS1 & 2 Curriculum - Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich

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05/07/18

Enterprise Fair this evening brought to an end a fabulous Enterprise Week. Profits have been calculated and the winning class will be announced shortly - watch this space! Thank you to all friends and family who supported our endeavours. https://t.co/x2kfxPiTGK

05/07/18

We are looking forward to our assembly next Wednesday when will be launching the at HPAD https://t.co/3pOaQXg210

04/07/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

How cute are these mini-books made by Y3 ?! https://t.co/BCKdluFg5p

30/06/18

Pleased to have received the TfL STARS bronze award this week https://t.co/ITvfjyHFAT. We’ve increased our ‘active’ travel to school from 40% to 59% in a year.

30/06/18

Summer Fete in full swing at Harris Primary East Dulwich. If on Lordship Lane today, do pop in to number 173 and join the fun! Warning: cash points on Lordship Lane not working so bring cash with you! https://t.co/1Lu0zw88W1

30/06/18

Preparations for today’s Summer Fete ⁦⁩ in full swing. Come down between 12 and 3 and enjoy the fun https://t.co/crfJdjG7Wc

28/06/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

"In 58% of schools where class teachers are involved in delivering languages , there has been no CPD for languages in the past year" Glad to see and are bucking the trend!

27/06/18

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What a great day celebrating our favourite panda, 熊熊‘s birthday with a teddy bear picnic! https://t.co/zpXQT59YRt

26/06/18

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Mace’s project in London has been awarded a Very Good rating. A fantastic result following hard work from the whole project team, incl. Mace’s Public Sector consultancy team, , , , & Clements Acoustics https://t.co/h59PJvO25m

26/06/18

The smell of baking bread emanating from Reception yesterday was irresistible...tasted great too! https://t.co/ddTKZ1z9Cn

22/06/18

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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss climate and air pollution with kids on Clean Air Day! Let's speak up and take action to stop climate change and clean the air we breathe https://t.co/xfo0Bpdiot

21/06/18

Big thanks to Charlotte for raising the issue of single-use plastics in our kitchen. After a few emails this practice has now been stopped. A suggestion box is on order to make it easier for our amazing pupils to let us know their ideas for making changes for the better!!

21/06/18

Results for the KS1 inter-school sports hall athletics tournament are in Proud and delighted to hear our Year 1s got first place and our Year 2s came third!

21/06/18

Come along to our fabulous Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June between 12 and 3pm. https://t.co/T0XfKgtk2n

21/06/18

Thank you for supporting our cleaner air initiative with a generous donation of air purifying plants for our classrooms

21/06/18

Thank you to Year 2 parent, Emmanuelle, for leading our assembly. Important issues discussed and lots of discussion about changes we can all make. Here is a clip Emmanuelle shared https://t.co/ZgyQ9nxelu https://t.co/RVKGisGJ7Q

07/06/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

An amazing job for a Mandarin HLTA working with and I. Tell all your friends! https://t.co/bYWjOpPfOu

25/05/18

A community feast to mark the end of our International Week celebrations. Thank you to everyone who contributed a dish from around the world! https://t.co/OBqKDonmq4

25/05/18

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Thank you - it was great fun! We are acting out Hokusai's here 🌊 https://t.co/Dt578sYtJV

24/05/18

This week, every child took part in a workshop in which they were encouraged to observe & explore the world around them & to think creatively & critically. They looked at a range of art related to their topics. Thanks Alison https://t.co/3aJoeoVepi

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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  

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.