Excellent home learning taking place in year 1. We are loving the live lessons.


Packing breakfast boxes for our families.Thank you#Foodmatters.


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Parents, have you applied for a primary school place for your child in 2021? 🏫 The deadline is January 15th 👇


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To all those staff who have given up their free time, their PPA, their leadership time, their break time, their lunchtime, their before and after school time, all to make our schools survive one more day- from the bottom of my heart and all my fellow heads - thank you.


What a great way to end the week! We say NO to bullying.


It was a lovely day at HPAD, celebrating all the incredible key workers and raising money for Children ln Need.


Year 6 bubble assembly on leadership.The future is in our hands; we are the young leaders of our academy!


What a great way to start the term! Year 2 reenacting The Gunpowder Plot! Watch the space for incredible learning in autumn 2.


So proud to be displaying children’s superpowers. We celebrated Neurodiversity week and just look at the children’s wonderful work.


What a great way to end the half term for Reception. Roll up roll up end of topic celebration.


It is has been a great week celebrating black voices in the academy. We couldn't resist the djembe session to end the celebration. .


Happy Take care of yourselves and each other parents, carers and staff


We are celebrating this week at HPAD. Let’s all work together to change perceptions


This week we celebrate at HPAD. Today the children are learning about the Superpower that is


Great staff inset learning about breathing work, chair yoga & how to set up support circles for staff. This lady knows her stuff and has worked with children & young people for many years. Get in touch to see how she can support your children and staff


It has been a great informative day on Teams, Read Write Inc, differentiation to wellbeing session. Well done to these wonderful team who always seek to improve their practice.Go Team HPAD!!


Staff having fun with Teams this morning.Our CPD offer as part of our contingency plan.We are ready to teach our children either actual or virtual!


What a great way to start the week! Dartmoor class orienteering session on the playground.


Our staff role playing the new arrangements for dismissing children at the end of the day. Go HPAD!


Year group bubble welcome back assembly. So many tips to help us deal with change. The wellbeing of our children and staff is our priority.

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Modern Foreign Language - Mandarin

At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich we believe it is important all children are given the opportunity to learn a foreign language.  Our chosen language is Mandarin.

The National Curriculum expectation for MFL is that all pupils learn one language from Year 3. Here at HPAD, pupils are given a head-start, with weekly Mandarin lessons beginning in Reception.

Although there are many stereotypes of Chinese being very difficult to learn, our students enjoy the challenge of writing characters and mastering pronunciation with the support of a Mandarin Specialist Teacher. Their Mandarin lessons not only equip them with the knowledge and understanding to communicate in the most widely-spoken world language, but also increase their intercultural understanding by seeing things from another’s perspective, giving them insight into the people and traditions of other cultures.  We believe that this is essential when developing global citizens.

In Reception, children have a short Mandarin lesson based around songs and rhymes.

In Key Stage 1, children’s learning is based around songs, rhymes and games. Through this, children start to hear the different sounds that occur in Mandarin and feel confident using key words and phrases. They begin to learn basic components of Chinese characters and start their journey towards reading and writing in another language.

In Key Stage 2, pupils are encouraged to practise writing characters regularly and will be given the opportunity to practise their speaking and listening. Pupils who begin Mandarin in Year 1, should be able to understand around 100 characters by Year 5 - in line with the internationally recognised Youth Chinese Test.

Children who have achieved the required standard in Mandarin in Year 5 will be entered for the internationally used Youth Chinese Test (YCT).