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31/03/21

A lovely end of term day celebrating stars of the week, drawing and photography competition winners and all our children for the resilience and determination they have shown so far this year. What superstars ⭐️ We wish you all a wonderful, restful Easter break. https://t.co/yF2sA2hoTD

29/03/21

Such a high standard of photos entered into our photography competition 📸. Here are a few of the finalists. Winners will be announced tomorrow and then be put forward into the school wide competition with good luck everyone https://t.co/rNIMIhIxw4

23/03/21

Some of our reception children enjoyed the afternoon sunshine and helped plant some lovely new flowers for the front of school. They worked extremely well using teamwork to decided where and what they wanted to plant. 🌹 🌱 🌼 https://t.co/Ha1E47CDad

18/03/21

Don’t forget it’s dress down tomorrow in aid of we look forward to fundraising for this amazing charity. https://t.co/sUaoM4tMg5

10/03/21

Year 2 are learning about life cycles. They had a special visitor to their science lesson this morning to bring their learning to life! https://t.co/WiDRDjkUKf

09/03/21

Retweetd From British Science Week

Feeling Inspired? Have a go at growing your own plants!🌻 Enter our poster competition to be in with the chance to win a sunflower starter kit, plus loads more amazing prizes here: https://t.co/ElPLqss2v1 with thanks to for the goodies! (2/2) https://t.co/ordmbZ6RqO

08/03/21

We are really looking forward to seeing all our children and families back at our academy today. https://t.co/KxRkM9c2Ko

04/03/21

How lucky are we to have such wonderful families that get involved in academy life. Our share a story session saw parents join us online to read stories to our classes, thank you for making our virtual world book day one to remember. https://t.co/fLWMXlJkSE

04/03/21

Our school wide session was incredibly fun. Just look at all those cute sausage dogs blazing their own trail. Well done all https://t.co/BrN7pnZeBA

04/03/21

We are thoroughly enjoying and cannot wait for the highly anticipated Principal’s Share a Story session with Mrs Rigby-Drake. https://t.co/QEA6PgxR9e

04/03/21

Happy World Book Day! We were delighted to see some of the wonderful costumes being worn at home that have already been sent in. Stay tuned for more photos throughout the day. https://t.co/sZEBQmT4aQ

03/03/21

Retweetd From World Book Day UK 📚

📚 Twas the night before 📚 And all across the land 📚 Excited children were dreaming 📚 Of a new book in their hand... We hope you have an amazing World Book Day tomorrow, whether you’re celebrating with us at school or at home 📚😍 https://t.co/SvZj4yjhJH

27/02/21

Plans are under way for our taking place next Thurs 4th March. We have a school wide planned following his Sausage Dog tutorial and cannot wait to see a wonderful array of drawings. 📖 ✏️ https://t.co/gmXOmdbTyF

25/02/21

Retweetd From Trauma Informed Schools UK

As 8th March and the wider opening of schools approaches, some childen and young people may display some puzzling changes in behaviour after so long in lockdown. These may indicate anxiety. Even those keen to return may experience this - some signs to look out for as a parent https://t.co/2bwEhDaK0P

24/02/21

Lovely pebbles painted for our positivity path. Hoping to see many more placed on the pathway when the children return. https://t.co/FbCadPDwJ5

22/02/21

Look at this fabulous newspaper article on ‘The Iron Man’ written by one of our y4 children. Well done⭐️ https://t.co/bur64c4MnS

13/02/21

Lovely artwork by year 1 celebrating Chinese New Year 🐉 https://t.co/NvxG0qCGrS

11/02/21

Retweetd From NSPCC

Sadly thousands of children are struggling with anxiety and loneliness in this lockdown. Childline is here to help, there's advice online from peers, or they can talk to our wonderful counsellors: https://t.co/mO04B3TUIl https://t.co/mIGInZXEKU

11/02/21

These look fab!

11/02/21

Beautiful results from our ice lantern activity we shared yesterday. It’s not too late to try if you haven’t already as we have -3 degrees predicted this evening. 🧊 ❄️ 🧊 https://t.co/5ZMvexC4Y8

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Year 5

Miss Trushkina teaches Woodpeckers and Mr Strickland teaches Puffins

Year 5 Curriculum 

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  

Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge and skills, but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive curriculum that really engages children and gets them interested in the world around them. Learning with our curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now, as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.

Mathematics

As Mathematics is such an important life skill, we adopt the ‘Mastery’ approach to our lessons. We use a range of resources to support teaching and learning across the school. These include Effective Maths, Maths No Problem and White Rose Maths. Our maths mastery approach allows pupils to spend longer on key mathematical concepts, most noticeably number. During these longer units, we use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach as it builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations to abstract symbols and problems. Concrete is the ‘doing’ stage. At this point, pupils in all year groups use concrete objects to model problems, this approach brings problems to life by allowing the children to handle and manipulate a range of physical resources. Pictorial is the ‘seeing’ stage. Here visual representations of the concrete objects are used to model problems. This stage encourages the children to make links between the physical objects they have worked with and the pictures, diagrams or models that represent the problems they are trying to solve. Abstract is the ‘symbolic’ stage where children use abstract symbols (numbers, notation and mathematical symbols) to model problems and indicate the operation required to solve the problems.

The key features of our maths curriculum are:

•Emphasis on problem solving and application of skills, allowing pupils the chance 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

At Harris Primary Academy Beckenham, we use the 'Power of Reading' as the basis for our English Curriculum.  This is a text-based approach to English, where the children use high-quality texts, with challenging vocabulary and interesting themes, to engage them with writing.  Through a text, children will experience a range of different learning styles such as drama, identifying the features of different text types, language acquisition focusing on high level vocabulary, planning and writing extended pieces.  These skills enable pupils to write in a range of genres - both fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  It also promotes a love of literature because it helps children to develop empathy, inference and a deeper understanding of authorial intent and language choice.

Reading

In Year 5, 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 infer information in the text, but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through KS2 they will have daily whole class reading skills sessions, along with other classroom activities. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class reading areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities.

Handwriting

Year 5 continue to be taught to write using specific joins and break letters. We use the Morrells scheme to support out children in forming letters and joins correctly.  We believe that this promotes flow and speed and supports the pupils' continued development of spelling. All teachers in Year 5 model this style when working with children or marking books. Once a child is a proficient writer, they will be awarded a pen licence and will begin to use a pen in their work

Writing

In Year 5, writing is taught through English lessons that use Power of Reading texts as the main stimulus. Children experience writing in all genres, using their core text as their stimulus. This means that all children have a shared understanding of the storytelling elements of writing. Wherever possible we ensure we offer children the opportunity to write for a real purpose.

Grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Discrete teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling continues throughout Year 5, along with opportunities to develop and apply these skills within other English lessons.