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20/01/22

Fantastic writing in Reception today. Inspired by the fabulous book ‘Clean Up’, children wrote about ocean pollution and what we can all do to help https://t.co/oYp461Tyev

15/01/22

Enrichment clubs have started for Spring Term and we are delighted to have offering our children cooking club. Week one was all about taste and what a rainbow of colour and flavour they got to experience. https://t.co/ngQ22ULr6q

13/01/22

Celebrating some high quality pieces of writing from year 5 showcased in these beautiful displays https://t.co/J33BjSKryb

17/12/21

End of term was celebrated with year group Christmas Fairs in the playground; games, prizes and dancing in the snow! A fitting way to end a fantastic term. Happy Christmas Everyone 🎄🥳 https://t.co/l9xpE0b7P8

17/12/21

Don’t forget it’s Christmas Jumper day today. 🎄 https://t.co/TXkp6NzWLi

16/12/21

We had a surprise visit today from the one and only Father Christmas, he brought Christmas cheer and classroom gifts for every class. The children were thrilled with the surprise visit. It was a true delight to see. Thank you Father Christmas. https://t.co/RNb0EzwgTL

15/12/21

You all look fabulous 😊🎄

15/12/21

Looks fantastic 😊

15/12/21

That’s a wrap! After 3 playground performances and a few hours of recording our Nativity for this year is edited and ready for its premier. Well done to all staff and children involved you did so well to adapt to changes and really did shine. ⭐️ https://t.co/TrfFz6WkpN

13/12/21

Our wonderful choir performed at helping to raise funds for with over £600 raised. https://t.co/I1oZTOj8II

03/12/21

Great to host a football tournament for teams from and Well done to everyone for taking part! Well done to team for coming 1st https://t.co/xwJt5ggrS4

01/12/21

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Some of our wonderful children helping to spread a little Christmas cheer across our school community 🎄 https://t.co/IRlXjv4SMC

25/11/21

What a week for sport. Children took part in Bromley Schools Cross Country with a Y5 girl star runner placing 7th out of 350 girls! Football saw our Y5 and Y6 boys team take home the winners’ trophy placing first out of 24 teams at a Bromley football tournament. Well done all! https://t.co/93W1iNy5Fb

23/11/21

Our y6 students are loving these sessions! Thank you for leading them https://t.co/vAelv7uVuB

20/11/21

What a cosy day wearing our PJs into school to raise funds for thank you to all our families that have supported this fantastic charity today. https://t.co/bwWuveTCHU

15/11/21

Today children enjoyed hearing from a special visitor delivering assemblies to celebrate Diwali and deepen our understanding of Hinduism https://t.co/s7pPZ4LYGs

12/11/21

Monday wear your odd socks to school for with for 🧦 https://t.co/fxuTPmktvF

12/11/21

We are consulting on our admissions arrangement for 2023 - 24. More information can be found on our website. https://t.co/InhCQARJF4

05/11/21

Year 6 children have worked hard this week on their poppy window display and poppy appeal sales. Items will be available next Monday - Wednesday before school. https://t.co/cacfdfHl07

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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.