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21/01/20

Pupil Parliament met with Parliaments from and at the head office today to share ideas and plan for the events https://t.co/zBqbwDmgx8

17/01/20

Pupil Parliament, including past Prime Ministers, are visiting the Houses of Parliament today and taking part in a debating workshop. Watch this space for our Future MPs! https://t.co/n8t31bzNWO

08/01/20

Our beautiful inspiration gallery is ready to showcase for spring term. Inspirational role models were chosen by the children at the end of last term. They know who inspires them and encourages them to aim high. https://t.co/0rx1SmqONI

21/12/19

Proud of our Christmas Choir today who performed beautifully at The Glades despite the backing tracks not working. Well done!

20/12/19

Beautiful Harris Happiness Hampers with items donated from our families for those in our community that need a little extra happiness at this time of year. https://t.co/4ngZbmamam

16/12/19

Well done to all of the children who performed so beautifully in our piano and violin recitals this afternoon. You made us all very proud! https://t.co/sXHhR6U04f

05/12/19

We all enjoyed an end of term twilight choir concert for our families this week. Well done choir, you sang beautifully! https://t.co/clF2AsUw2B

03/12/19

Inspired by the amazing , Reception are writing their own versions of Stick Man. Look at this fantastic independent writing! https://t.co/4ZjVoq0s0N

22/11/19

Wild Wood posing the question, what was life like living in Tudor England? On the rich side we listened to music, made orange pomanders and a potent tooth salve for our rotten teeth and on the poor side we worked hard on the laborious job of building wattle and daub walls. https://t.co/D55jadwJ9H

22/11/19

Remember it’s own clothes day today in exchange for a donation for the Christmas fair. Thank you in advance for your contributions

19/11/19

Retweetd From Happy Bees - Harris Primary Beckenham PTA

The, ever popular, Harris Primary Academy Christmas Fair with fun for all the family. https://t.co/4VYAeuJwJb Christmas games, Santa’s Grotto, Elf activity room, Fairground rides, Bouncy castle (weather permitting), Market Stalls, Homemade cakes and bakes, BBQ, Bar and much more. https://t.co/OAilSpIxnu

15/11/19

Fantastic outfits raising money for So far we have raised over £280 with more donations coming in after school. Well done everyone! https://t.co/dKYc1MZCqP

14/11/19

Looking forward to seeing everyone in their pyjamas or onesies tomorrow! Remember to bring in a £1 donation for We’ll be shaking those donation buckets on the gate tomorrow morning! https://t.co/RKadkFdnHY

11/11/19

Today we celebrated with . In assembly we talked about celebrating our individuality and diversity. Well done everyone, you rocked in odd socks! https://t.co/GCamntXEx0

05/11/19

Poppy sales have started this week with Pupil Parliament carrying out fundraising duties by selling at drop off and collection. We also have various displays located in the school grounds and windows. Please do stop and take a look. https://t.co/sHkXLfNeQM

28/10/19

What a wonderful start to this half term; beautiful pieces of art work inspired by Autumn for our Principal’s challenge. We look forward to seeing what else is handed in this week! https://t.co/YtXvznbA0E

17/10/19

WOW. Year 3 had an amazing, immersive workshop with today. The Stone Age was brought to life in a incredibly fun and engaging way. Huge thank you to Outback2basics. https://t.co/WFro7wk4mF

16/10/19

We really hope that the generous and kind donations from our families help those in need that visit food bank. Thank you all for supporting us in our harvest festival and in turn helping those at Living Well Bromley. 🥫🥫 https://t.co/OrwysYOpKl

14/10/19

WOW! Year 2 had a great trip to the on Thursday. Such a fun way to celebrate all the hardwork achieved over this last half term helping to . https://t.co/BWzRvZBjDM

11/10/19

WOW! Year 4 had a great workshop with yesterday. They enjoyed learning the process involved in making a bubble comfort bar and being able to take home the finished product. Thank you https://t.co/VHr9fXlQwq

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Year 2

This year, Mr Little and Mrs Hillier are teaching in Squirrels Class,
whilst Miss Nixon will teach in Bats Class.

 

Year 2 Topic Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Art, and Music are generally taught as discrete subjects along with PE which is taught by specialist coaches. All the remaining subjects are taught through the Curriculum which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning. In addition to this, Year 2 are also being given an introduction to a range of Modern Foreign Languages such as French.

The  Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive, thematic and creative 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.

The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below.

Mathematics

We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of Singapore Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils 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

Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading, and  writing. We use the Year 1 Programmes of Study based on the National Curriculum to ensure all children gain the knowledge and skills they need. 

Reading
In Year Two, 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 understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through year one they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities.

It is essential that you read with your child at home every day. Your child will be given a guided reading book (pitched at their specific level) by the teacher and a free choice book each week. There is an amazing book library in each class room stocked with a fantastic range of children's books to offer the children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities

Handwriting
Year Two are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year One model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.

Writing
In Year Two writing is taught through two separate but intrinsically linked lessons. Firstly all children, participate in regular ‘writing skills’ sessions where the focus is on learning and developing the ‘tools’ or ‘skills’ of writing such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, drafting and improving in an age appropriate manner. Compositional and creative writing is taught in the main through our thematic topic work which allows the teachers to select writing tasks that match well with other learning in the topic, we believe that this helps them to feel that their writing is meaningful and has a purpose.

Phonics
Children in Year Two follow our Read Write Inc programme and take part in a daily phonics session. The focus is on children learning different combinations of letters that can make the same sound (e.g. /ay/ /ai/ /a_e/ in play, rain, game) or how the same spelling can be for different sounds (e.g. /oo/ in book and moon). This enables them to read more complicated vocabulary and also to spell words accurately.

SATs

The Key Stage 1 SATs happen at the end of the school year (usually in June). The best thing you can do at home to support your child is to be reading with them every day and to ensure that your child is in school, and on time, everyday.

Our first SATs results will be published next year.