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We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the foundation level of the International School Award and partnered with Chongqing Bashu School in China and look forward to further developing links with them across this year.


Space Mission YR2019 has begun. Reception are enjoying their WOW day to launch 🚀 topic with astronaughts looking to find the hidden alien planet 👽 🌍 🌓 and searching the stars ✨ to gather more information.


We have travelled back in time for our Yr3 WOW day topic launch with and have been exploring the prehistoric world. A woolly mammoth made an appearance and helped with our role play and art inspiration.


Yr2 are launching dress as someone that helps in your community. How inspirational to have mini-me teachers and the heroes that are the healthcare professionals and firefighters within the academy today🔥 👨🏼‍🚒👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏼‍🏫


WOW days are happening across the academy today to launch our new topics. Yr1 are starting with and is ever so fun when you’re dressed as and oh my!


WOW days are taking place today. Year 1 have their topic and can be enjoyed even more when dressed as a lions, tigers and bears! Oh my!


We hope all of our Hpabe families had a wonderful holiday. We are looking forward to seeing all of the children back tomorrow


We had a brilliant last few days of term. Christmas lunch, staff Christmas quiz, pantomime with , a surprise for the children from and lastly the Christmas houses competition winners announced by Wishing you all a very merry Christmas


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Lovely new primary Mandarin displays going up around the and who just heard they got the International Schools Foundation Level Award


Well done to year 3 for a fantastic festive concert. We loved listening to your singing


Year 3 have been writing instructions for how to have a Merry Christmas.


The first edition of our brand new newspaper ‘Newsfuse’ hit the playground newsstand today. A brilliant read! Well done to the Newsfuse Year3 team and the wonderful Amanda Potter for bringing the paper to life.


Our nativity performances raised the roof today. All children were superstars, remembering lines, dancing their funky camel hooves off and judging just like the pros! Well done KS1 children,staff and everyone involved it was fabulous darling!


Thank you for an amazing music recital our children performed so well on piano and violin. Musicians in the making.


The windows of are flooded with our children’s artwork as they run their ‘Christmas Houses’ drawing and colouring competition. Voting takes place this week by passerby votes and winners will be announced on the 21st of December. Good luck all!


The stage is set and rehearsals are well underway. Can’t wait for our big show!


Thank you so much for the very kind donation of our wonderful Christmas tree and Alexander’s Florist in Beckenham.


So proud of our singing superstars! Thank you for organising such a lovely community event


What fantastic news! Well done to all our amazing singing superstars. We look forward to proudly presenting our prize tree and decorations in our school reception area.

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Year 3

Mr Little will be teaching in Wrens class and Miss Trushkina will be teaching Robins.


Year 3 Topic Curriculum


Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Modern foreign language (French) 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.  


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.

Autumn 1 Urban Pioneers
Autumn 2 Scrumdiddlyumptious
Spring 1 Gods and mortals

Spring 2 

Tribal tales
Summer 1 Predator
Summer 2 Tremors




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.




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 3 Programmes of Study based on the National Curriculum to ensure all children gain the knowledge and skills they need.



In Year 3, 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. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities.



Year 3 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 3 model the pre-cursive script 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



In Year 3 writing is taught through English lessons that use Power of Reading texts as the main stimulus. Children learn to write all the genres of writing, using their core text as their stimulus. This means that all the children  have a shared understanding of the storytelling elements of the writing they are doing. Wherever possible we ensure we offer children the opportunity to write for a real purpose.


Grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Discrete teaching of phonics ends at the end of Key Stage 1 and is replaced by grammar, punctuation and spelling lessons. These skills are taught discretely and are also embedded within English lessons.