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01/07/22

Our choir, once again, blew us away joining vocal forces with to sing at the SLT conference last Saturday. It’s been quite a ride for our choir this year and we cannot wait to see where our journey takes us next. https://t.co/wT6nSi5w36

22/06/22

Year 4 Wild Wood sessions this morning saw children using tools to create these nail boards which they then used to weave. They also showed great team work during den building. So much wonderful outdoor learning 😊 https://t.co/Vs9C6u1jtT

21/06/22

Year 6 are leaping in to PGL full of confidence! The beautiful weather and stunning surroundings on the Isle of Wight have helped make our first day a memorable one https://t.co/wVaTYJK0tU

09/06/22

Our competition ‘A Warm Welcome’ has had some beautiful designs submitted. Sponsored by local Estate Agent, Sinclair Hammelton, the winning entries will be made into weatherproof boards to line our walkway into school. It’s not too late get your entries in. https://t.co/7sprmIjz5P

07/06/22

We were delighted with a surprise visit from Lord Harris who came to congratulate our Jubilee choir today. The children always love talking to him and were so excited by his visit. Thank you Lord Harris! https://t.co/oAKI4jFlEl

05/06/22

Wow! What a day! So very proud of our Jubilee choir representing our academy with pride on stage at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant. Catch us on Sky News and YouTube ⁦ https://t.co/fld9hvEVId

04/06/22

Only 1 more sleep until our Queens Jubilee Choir perform on stage at Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Tune in to watch live at 2pm on BBC 1 https://t.co/uGTrctbxar

03/06/22

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Wishing everyone a happy, festivity-filled Jubilee weekend. Do look out for the choir who will be sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday! https://t.co/kVKyeNcskp

27/05/22

Retweetd From Georgina Reynolds

It was delightful to deliver primary education training to the wonderful secondary trainees today. They were even treated to a sneak preview of the choir’s jubilee performance! 👑 🎵 https://t.co/O9tP5J1zmO

27/05/22

Retweetd From Georgina Reynolds

Today I had such a wonderful day at celebrating the jubilee. Playground “street party”, parades and performances were all fabulous! The staff really do go above and beyond for the pupils, parents and wider community. The Queen even made an appearance! 😉🙊🇬🇧 👑 https://t.co/MZEqJwYXV1

27/05/22

Thanks for being such a fantastic part of the team 🥰

27/05/22

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations are in full swing today! Our street party was a huge success and we have loved the Queen’s gallery and crown/flag parade. What a fabulous day!! https://t.co/EA8CPfxron

25/05/22

Fantastic news! Well done!

21/05/22

Well done to all the cross country racers that came to Crystal Palace Park today to compete for Harris Beckenham. Stars of the show go to the Year 4 boys with 3 finishing in top 30 positions out of 400 runners! Fantastic effort from all. https://t.co/zYzKdX4ruV

13/05/22

Retweetd From Dulwich Hamlet Junior School

Learning the National Anthem to sing at The Queen’s pageant with and and the amazing Richard Frostick! https://t.co/F1PKGhlg4x

12/05/22

So very proud of our year 6 children this week. Your attitude and the calm and considered way in which you approached the SATs was amazing. Huge well done to you all https://t.co/7ri68ZR0Xj

29/04/22

Our year 5 PGL adventurers arrived home safe and sound this afternoon 🥰Huge thank you to our amazing staff team for making this happen and well done to our awesome children for trying new things and just being fabulous🤩 Happy bank holiday team HPABe https://t.co/FkkSPNxTNw

28/04/22

This looks fantastic for y6 parents 😊 https://t.co/ls1GimmiFE

28/04/22

So proud of our football team today- the 4-1 win puts them at the top of the Bromley league 🏅🤩 Our year 5 players were even collected by a superstar parent from residential at PGL and got back in time for the match. That’s and Well done! https://t.co/vxc8odbYlM

26/04/22

Our PGL trip had some surprise visitors today! Miss Nixon and Ronnie enjoyed lunch with year 5 and hearing all about our adventures so far. It was great to see them! https://t.co/vsYNzVxVTE

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Year 6

Mr Strickland-Taylor teaches Kestrels and Miss Trushkina is the teacher in Owl class.

Year 6 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 6, 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 6 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 6 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 6, 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 6, along with opportunities to develop and apply these skills within other English lessons.