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15/06/22

Retweetd From Lawrence Foley

Great to visit today. With thanks to and . Fairly obvious why ofsted were bowled over. Learned lots and loads to think about.

29/05/22

Congratulations to the year 9 football team who won the Harris Federation Cup, beating the competition 4-1. Congratulations to all those involved. https://t.co/8gt60NILMM

14/05/22

We are thrilled to have you onboard and appreciate your commitment to our community.

08/05/22

Retweetd From Mr M. Ismail

Thank you to Mr Keely, Principal of for taking the time to show me around his ‘Outstanding’ school. It was great to see so many engaged and enthused students completely engrossed in their learning. The english lesson on Macbeth was 👌 https://t.co/tenoV8dZxx

05/05/22

We are excited to announce our 'Outstanding' rating in our most recent inspection. We couldn't be prouder of our staff, students and the local community. Click the link to read the full report: https://t.co/tsGD5932cW

04/05/22

Retweetd From Exec Head, George McMillan

Incredibly proud of my staff and students and in particular the brilliant Principal, Ben Keely. World Class School twice in a row and now Ofsted Outstanding twice in a row too. Sustainable work / life balance in a very happy school. Next for too! https://t.co/lviafx4OEu

24/03/22

Retweetd From Aimhigher London

A huge thank you to the KS3 learners from who joined us for a Buddies session yesterday, & for their great comments & questions. https://t.co/07q3JijmJ0

24/03/22

Retweetd From Upskill Me

Yesterday, the Law Society students at conducted their first to a Jury made up of industry expert volunteers. We advocate for approaches, like our Law Society mock trial to help students practice skills https://t.co/ekJ09BGeAG

24/03/22

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

Thank you to the team for hosting our today; we appreciate you! 🏏☀️ https://t.co/skTtqzNciL

23/03/22

Retweetd From Upskill Me

Today students from will be holding their Mock Trial 🧑‍⚖️ This event has been supported by our Law Society, in partnership with and we cannot wait to see all the students’ hard work come to life!

18/03/22

This week our students visited the over 60s at MPCC. They helped out with teas and coffees and discussed the Ukrainian crisis. They represented the school well! https://t.co/WGNUxNBM7m

15/03/22

We have really enjoyed the workshops put on by the Hair and Beauty team at over the past few weeks. More careers workshops coming soon - watch this space https://t.co/71OILRqN9z

09/03/22

Retweetd From Haimo Primary School

Year 5 Freddie Mercury class visited Harris Academy today and were shown how to make spaghetti bolognese. Thank you 😀🍝 https://t.co/c6CJsQ2Qen

07/03/22

A small group of students visited Middle Park Community Centre last week. They enjoyed chatting and sharing stories. Well done to all!! We can't wait to come back again. https://t.co/LNXJVcPKuv

04/03/22

Retweetd From Maternity Teacher

Wonderful session with colleagues ! An early celebration exploring how we can and address the in education with individual action and influence! Thanks for having the ☺️ https://t.co/6217BG0YuU

03/03/22

Retweetd From Middle Park Primary

Year 5 Nergui had a great practical science afternoon with our friends down at Thanks for inviting us, we’ve loved our visits. https://t.co/BQqEwhUF9E

02/03/22

This week our Food Tech team welcomed Year 5s from . The students cooked spaghetti bolognese from scratch - well done to all! https://t.co/hlpirwYZ3C

02/03/22

Retweetd From Harris Experience

We had a really fantastic session yesterday with Y12 students attending the student leadership program. Students had some really mature and thought-provoking discussions on complex topics on culture and identity, and demonstrated leadership qualities. Well done! https://t.co/CPtaBLZJs1

01/03/22

Over the last two weeks, it’s been our pleasure to host the lovely Y5s from for some Science lessons! https://t.co/42nVEarjtV

23/02/22

A huge thank you to for preparing our year 12 students for their first-ever HAGR Law Society mock trial.

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How do students learn the curriculum at Harris Greenwich

How students learn the curriculum

Our implementation of curriculum is governed by our Teaching and Learning Blueprint. We care deeply about practising our teaching craft to ensure we are crystal clear in instructing powerful knowledge and we foster an academic climate for this teaching.

The six principles that govern our teaching craft are led by the mantra of ‘Knowledge is Power’ and  ‘Making it Stick’ to stop the forgetting happening.

Knowledge is Power

Because we know the above is true we know the teacher is the expert and therefore we carefully practise our direct instruction, dual coding and interleaving of sequenced knowledge. We know that our curriculum should be taught to be remembered not merely encountered. With this in mind, we follow the following principles in our planning, teaching and assessment to ensure pupil success.

Making It Stick

Every decision we make about learning and teaching is governed by two truths about learning.

  • If nothing has changed in long term memory, nothing has been learnt
  • Forgetting is inevitable

No matter how brilliant a year 8 Spanish lesson appeared, if the students cannot remember it two weeks later, it wasn’t learnt. Understanding sometimes gets confused with learning, but they are not the same thing. Therefore, everything we ask students to do, and everything we talk to teachers about, is designed to make more knowledge stick in long term memory.

The Teaching and Learning Blueprint

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All staff contribute to training around our six principles of Teaching and Learning which we refer to as our ‘Blueprint’. This Blueprint underpins all of our Teaching and Learning training session, training programmes and instructional coaching curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons and lesson structure

We are not overly prescriptive on how lessons should look at Harris Greenwich, but there are some principles that all teachers adhere to.

All lessons start with a high challenge retrieval activity, followed by a period of fully guided instruction (‘I do’  ‘We do’  ‘You do’). This is surrounded by a warm/strict approach to behaviour management: ‘Because we care, what we ask students to do is not optional’.

Stopping the Forgetting – How lessons start

Every lesson at Harris Greenwich starts with 10-15 minutes of high challenge retrieval questions designed to stop the forgetting of the most vital knowledge, facts and skills. The questions pull from a broad knowledge base, including previous topics and sometimes previous years!

Such is the importance we place on ‘stopping the forgetting’, it is expected that all students attempt all the ‘Do Now’ questions, and those not attempting all of them are challenged. Teachers will refrain from providing too much help in the first 10 minutes, instead motivating students to think hard without looking back over previous work.

The teacher then spends time going through the answers, reteaching the most important points if necessary, and students make corrections. The graph below illustrates our belief, that the more knowledge is retrieved in Do Now quizzes, the more is remembered.

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Examples of Interleaved Do Now Quizzing in English, History and Maths.

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An example from Year 9 English.

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An example from Year 8 History.

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An example from Y10 Maths.

Fully guided instruction: ‘I do’  ‘We do’  ‘You do’

Following the ‘Do Now’, teachers pitch high in the ‘I do’ phase. This is where teachers introduce the new content clearly with great examples, models and explanations. We pitch it high, often above the most able students in the class, so everyone is challenged.

We follow this with a ‘We Do’ phase that provides support. Here you will see processes deconstructed, lots of questions being asked, students helping the teacher do some more examples, paired talk, and practice with writing frames.

Finally, students practise the new thing they’ve learned independently without support. The ‘arm bands are popped’ - there will be no / minimal support from the teacher. Rather than different levels of task, we strive for everyone doing the same, difficult thing. The support given in the ‘We Do’ phase ensures that all students can perform the ‘you do’ practise successfully, gaining confidence and embedding vital knowledge in long term memory as they do so.

How do we get better at teaching?

We know that practice is essential to making change and therefore all teachers having teaching partners where they meet regularly for instructional coaching where get granular about how to improve in service of students learning over time using StepLab to support development.

 

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