Clapping our year 6 goodbye. They will be missed dearly.


It was an emotional day saying goodbye to our year 6 children. We are so proud of what they have achieved in primary school. Wishing them the best for the future.


What a performance! Well done year 6 for bringing West End performance to our door step!


Wacky Tacky Day raising money for our playground project. Well done to charity committee for organising this.


Reception having a great time in music lesson on Wacky Tacky day


It has been exciting week at HPAD. Our representatives for Count On Us competition came third across the country. Congratulations to them, we are incredibly pleased and proud of the achievement!#harrisfed .


Congratulations to Reception Class 2022! So proud of what you have achieved at the start of your primary education! Thank you parents and teachers for all the hardwork


Excellent performance by Harris Primary Beckenham and Orpington at SLT conference! Going above and beyond for our children is what Harris is about! Well done children 👏


We brightened our school with yellow for a great cause, Raising CF awareness!#HappyCFday!


You surely can't miss this great fun and oh the incredible raffle prizes!! See you all at the fair tomorrow! .


Amazing way to end the half term. Our jubilee celebration( tea party) was phenomenal! Incredible performance from HPAD orchestra and choir. Well hosted by our young leaders, pupil parliament, Rights leads,Eco and Charity Committe! We are so proud of you!


Year 1 RE workshop on Judaism! Proud of all the children they had so much knowledge to share!


We are ready for jubilee lunch before the tea party this afternoon! Congratulations to her Majesty The Queen.


Amazing time on residential trip in JCA! So well deserved after SATS! Have fun year 6


Year 4 music lesson! They absolutely loved their drumming session


Children in school during residential week having a great time in Alleyn school playing rounders! Thank you Alleyns' staff for having us


Thank you to older students from Alleyns who comes in weekly to read with some of our children! The children have loved it!


We wondered where all the roaring sounds came from! Happy dinosaurs day from Reception!!


Saying goodbye to year 4 this morning! They are in for a treat on their residential.


What a great end to the week and ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week next week… our parent Mental Health Workshop and ballet taster

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At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through traditional phonics and children are encouraged to read for pleasure and take books home. 

Our English curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and enriched and extended to challenge and interest the children. All children are taught all elements of the curriculum, which seeks to ensure they are confident speakers, readers, and writers by the end of their time at primary school.

Our focus on high-quality, engaging literature is at the root of both reading and writing at Harris Primary East Dulwich. The structure of our curriculum and our carefully chosen wide variety of core texts, ensure that children have the opportunity to read and write a balance of different text types.

Reading: We want children to learn to read quickly and accurately. We believe that an engaging diet of reading will encourage children to read for enjoyment as well as knowledge and comprehension. We are proud of the excellent reading opportunities that we provide the children daily through whole- class reading lessons, a highly structured phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics; reading enrichments and core texts in English lessons. Read more about how we teach reading in our Reading Skills Progression document and our English Intent document at the bottom of this page.

Writing: High-quality texts also support the development of excellent writing. Children are immersed in a rich diet of texts that have been selected to engage and excite, in order to facilitate excellence and enjoyment in writing. Within the writing sessions, children are actively encouraged to develop their initial ideas through a process of editing and revising. We publish a number of pieces of writing each term, making clear the audience and purpose of our work.

Read more about how we teach writing in our English Intent document at the bottom of this page.

Throughout their time at Harris Primary East Dulwich, children will develop skills in:

  • Word reading (including phonics)
  • Comprehension
  • Transcription
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.