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14/05/22

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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

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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

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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

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

23/03/22

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

23/02/22

Retweetd From Middle Park Primary

Thank you to for inviting Year 5 Auggie down for an exciting secondary science lesson. The children really enjoyed the learning and having a little taste of secondary school life. https://t.co/38fwGTTqmV

17/02/22

Please find the link to our latest Newsletter: https://t.co/5lSGVBir0o

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The Harris Academy Greenwich Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview

The primary aim of Harris Academy Greenwich is to offer every child, regardless of circumstance, the chance to thrive both personally and academically.

This page contains an overview of our curriculum across all Key Stages. Details of the curriculum for each subject (for secondary and sixth form) can be viewed on our Subjects pages. Our curriculum policy can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. For further information about the curriculum please contact Georgina Charles on G.Charles@harrisgreenwich.org.uk or 020 8859 0133

Purpose of our Curriculum

We deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum which teaches a depth and breadth of ambitious, broad and diverse knowledge. It is every child’s right, regardless of their academic ability or prior attainment, to access this powerful knowledge: it ensures they are not only able to perform well in public examinations but develop the disciplinary knowledge and social capital necessary to successfully navigate and interrogate the future world they will encounter. For staff at Harris Greenwich, this is a matter of social justice. Every year our results at both GCSE and A level are second to none in the local area but our school is more than just an exam factory. Put simply; Harris Academy Greenwich is a place where all children will Step into their Greatness.

Curriculum leaders constantly review and improve curricular choices by engaging in regular debate on ‘what’ to teach before considering ‘how ‘to teach it. We acknowledge that the curriculum is alive and needs nurturing, it is not a list of content but a canon that must be considered and amended constantly to ensure we teach the best that has been thought, said or written. Leaders set an ambitious intent for curriculum as we know that ‘powerful’ knowledge’, which is specialised and takes its authority from leading academic institutions, gives students power in life.

Examples include:

  • In English, we want students to experience the majesty of Shakespeare, and to create deep, cognitive connections in their knowledge by exploring the origins of Greek tragedies and epic poems and its impact on drama across societies, cultures and time periods.
  • In Geography, students will develop an appreciation of our dynamic planet, initially identifying how long-standing landscapes like the glaciers of Antarctica have been transformed by modern processes, but also how contemporary lifestyles are transforming landscapes in otherwise barren locations.
  • In music, students experiment, rehearse and develop performance skills across a wide range of instruments including piano, keyboard, guitar and vocals, alongside being exposed to and analysing music from all over the world including South American and Eastern Europe. This musical journey allows students to experience, interpret, comment on and perform music of diverse origins and cultural heritage which they otherwise might not have been exposed to

 

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'Recovery curriculum' - Covid-19

Due to Covid-19, we were forced to close our gates for most pupils and have been working hard to ensure pupils still have access to our curriculum when not in the building. Moving forward, we are putting together a strategic plan to ensure that pupils catch up with their learning and that exam classes still achieve highly.


Identification of knowledge gaps and misconceptions from Covid-19

The key parts to our plan include identifying gaps in pupils’ understanding or knowledge and then addressing gaps in a timely manner, which will need to be carefully aligned with home learning.

Subject leaders review students' learning regularly to ensure we are up to date with any gaps and misconceptions students have, we then use this information to amend our curriculum plans. The knowledge gaps and misconception maps, as identified by subject leads, which were used to inform our planning for 2021/22 are:

Secondary - please see our subjects pages

We are also acutely aware that pupils will not have had the structure and routines of the normal school day and so we are working hard to manage any stress or mental health issues that may arise. Our ‘recovery curriculum’ will include a mental health provision, as well as our usual subject offerings, within our Personal Development curriculum and assembly programme. Pupils will be fully inducted upon their return to the classroom and our staff have now all received training on managing this.

Our recovery curriculum is shaped around the principles of future learning by Tim Oates.

  • Early literacy and numeracy are vital foundations for broad and balanced learning.
  • Curriculum coherence – the alignment of curriculum content and standards, teaching practices, learning resources and assessment – remains fundamental to high equity and high attainment.
  • Curriculum and its assessment and all other requirements, should be a manageable load for teachers and schools.
  • Effective learning should be built on variety, using a well-managed mix of approaches and modes.
  • Excellence in teaching and elevated attainment can be supported by well designed and carefully chosen technology that can support teaching and attainment
  • Well trained and well supported teachers are central to high quality pedagogy, high attainment and the well-being of learners.
  • Evidence should inform teacher practice on effectiveness, and good practice and insights from cognitive science should inform schools’ actions and teachers’ practices.
  • Access to high quality teaching and learning materials is essential for high quality, manageable schooling.
  • Dependable assessment is vital for social justice, learning support and equitable progression.
  • Clear standards are important for equity and progression for all.
  • Equity and high attainment.

 

 

 


Curriculum choices

The purpose of this academy, and the curriculum it provides, are truly intertwined. We do not believe in pre-determined curriculum pathways that can limit a student’s choice based on their ability, characteristics or background.

We passionately believe in giving students the information and knowledge to make informed decisions about their curriculum entitlement, supported through comprehensive careers guidance at pivotal times in a child’s life.

High quality teaching is the medium by which skills, core knowledge and applied knowledge can be dissipated through a well-sequenced curriculum model. The nature of the Harris Federation makes us collaborative, and this collaboration of subject specialists and researchers means our students benefit from the very highest quality in teaching and the most powerful knowledge. It also enables us to ensure that curriculum knowledge and understanding of our teaching and support staff is central to the personalised and continued professional development that all our staff receive to ensure it has impact in the classroom, for every child, every day.

Our curriculum, then, becomes a deliberate and explicit guarantor of equality as we work to close the limits to opportunity that exist in society. We ensure all our students have access to a broad and balanced body of knowledge regardless of demographics and starting points. We harness the expertise from within our Federation across primary and secondary phases to develop a challenging and rich ‘all-through’ curriculum model, whilst systematically sharing best practice across academies, phases and the wider Federation.

KS3 Offer

Students in years 7 to 9 study the National Curriculum, which has been interpreted, designed and sequenced by subject experts to prepare students for their next steps. Subjects such as Drama, whilst not forming part of the National Curriculum, are core parts of a weekly timetable for our students at key stage three as we understand how it contributes to the personal development of students in areas such as communication, empathy, discipline and emotional intelligence. 

Our curriculum is knowledge-rich and delivers broad, diverse and ambitious knowledge, invaluable for ensuring all children are ‘in the know’ and are taken beyond their everyday experience. We believe our curriculum will enable all students to excel, not only in public examinations, but in their interactions with the world, ensuring they are prepared for their next pathway and for them to lead happy, successful lives.

Details of the curriculum for each subject can be viewed on our Subjects page, but a summary of the subjects all students attend includes:

  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Design Technology and Food Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • PRG (Politics, Religion and Government)
  • Religious Studies
  • Careers education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economics education (PSHE)
  • Sex and Relationships education (SRE)
  • Enrichment – Elective

 

KS4 Offer

Students go on to study a rich and varied key stage 4 curriculum which is exemplified by the increasing numbers of students entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the large numbers of students accessing more creative subjects at key stage 4 such as art, design technology and music.

The curriculum is filled with ambitious qualifications that match the drive to ensure that all our students achieve outstanding results to enable them to access their chosen pathway at Post 16.

Details of the curriculum for each subject can be viewed on our Subjects page, but a summary of the subjects available to KS4 students is outlined below.

Year 10

  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Media
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE P.E.
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Sociology
    GCSE Triple Science
  • CTEC Sport

Year 11

  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Media
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE P.E.
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Sociology
    GCSE Triple Science
  • CTEC Sport

 

In addition to their GCSE and vocational qualifications, all students at KS4 also attend lessons and assemblies in the following disciplines to supplement and enrich their education:

  • Politics, Religion and Government (PRG)
  • Careers education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economics education (PSHE)
  • Sex and Relationships education (SRE)
  • Physical Education (Core PE)
  • Socially and culturally significant events (Black History Months, LGBTQ History Month, International Women’s Day)

 


EBacc - an academic curriculum

As adults, we know that life can be demanding as we work our way through the ups and downs that it brings. Responsibility, character and resilience are so important as we face these varied challenges head on, whilst trying to remain positive, determined and aspirational.

A key element of this aspiration is ensuring that students have the opportunity to develop these core skills through a highly academic and challenging core curriculum which is blended with additional curriculum options that allow all students to access a range of qualifications. These qualifications will serve them well in life, whichever pathway they choose to take or door they decide to open.

Qualifications give students choices in life. They open doors and provide new opportunities and fulfilment. To achieve this vision we ensure that our curriculum is not shortened at Key Stage 3 and not narrowed at Key Stage 4.

The EBacc qualification involves students studying English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a language. This is a very demanding set of curriculum subjects and has high level of expected knowledge development, retention and application. This curriculum intent will robustly challenge all students academically. For those students who do not study the full compilation of the EBacc subjects, they will all still study a very demanding compilation of core curriculum subjects which includes English, Maths, Science and either History or Geography. This again, will require a high level of knowledge development, retention and application when covering the curriculum intent.

The table below shows current and projected entries into the EBacc qualification.

 

Cohort

% of cohort entered for EBACC

Number of subjects studied

Year 11 in 2018-19

(Previous Cohort)

 

87%

Linguists study 9 subjects

Non-linguists study 8 subjects

Year 11 in 2019-20

(Previous Cohort)

87%

Linguists study 9 subjects

Non-linguists study 8 subjects

Year 11 in 2020-21

(Previous Cohort)

 

83%

Linguists study 9 subjects

Non-linguists study 8 subjects

Year 11 in 2021-22

Current Year 11

 

84%

Linguists study 9 subjects

Non-linguists study 8 subjects 

Year 11 in 2022-23

Current Year 10

 

91%

Linguists study 9 subjects

Non-linguists study 8 subjects

The aims and principles of our curriculum

To provide all students with opportunities to access and engage with the best that has been thought and said, but also to help students comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving. We encourage our students to see themselves as contributing to scholarship.

An enriched vocabulary enables a better understanding of concepts and ideas, and we facilitate access to knowledge beyond our students’ ordinary daily experiences. We do this by expanding their cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary. Children are exposed to a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, a wide range of creative arts and thoughtfully-planned learning outside the classroom.

We recognise that “the curriculum” is not just a timetable and that engagement in extra-curricular opportunities is encouraged at every stage through everything from the co-curricular after school programme, The Saatchi IGNITE programme, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Personal Development Programme, the Harris Experience, the Federation Sports Day and the events that give platforms for all the talents.


Design Principles of Harris Academy Principles of curriculum design and sequencing at HAGR

To ensure that our curriculum empowers our pupils to step into their greatness, our curriculum has been carefully thought through and designed.

Our subject team leaders have designed and planned their curriculum according to the following 6 principles:

  1. Our curriculum is ambitious, offering an immersion in the most powerful knowledge of each subject.
  2. Our curriculum is sequenced so that new knowledge builds upon old, and students become increasingly fluent over time.
  3. Our curriculum is specified in detail so that teachers and students are clear what needs to be learned.
  4. Our curriculum is taught to be remembered not merely encountered
  5. Our curriculum is supported with a literacy strategy that supports increased vocabulary acquisition and reading fluency.
  6. Senior and Middle Leaders have the skills and knowledge to design, implement and review the live the 7-year curriculum

The research and beliefs driving these six principles are as follows:

  • Powerful Knowledge – Michael Young (2007) advocates that one of the primary purposes of schooling is to teach rich knowledge that enables pupils to understand and think about content beyond their own experience, and to engage with the ongoing, intellectual conversations and discourse across a range of subject disciplines. By teaching pupils powerful knowledge at Harris Academy Greenwich, we will seek to empower our pupils to realise their potential by widening their horizons and opportunities, equipping them to engage with that intellectual conversation and contribute meaningfully to society. 
  • Procedural knowledge and Automaticity – Pupils will be explicitly taught the skills to apply powerful knowledge in subject disciplines, so that they are able to engage with the procedures, processes and methods fundamental to success with increasing automaticity and expertise.
  • Learning for Mastery – Pupils will get better in their subject disciplines, each and every lesson, irrespective of their starting point. Pupils will learn the value of practice, hard work, and resilience in achieving success, so that they can apply this approach to anything in life.
  • Disciplinary Literacy – The ability to read, write, listen and speak with precision and confidence is crucial for deepening mastery of content. Disciplinary literacy sits at the heart of our curriculum, encouraging our pupils to increasingly communicate with excellence.
  • Sequential & Coherent Planning – In order to prepare our pupils for later life, our subject curriculars are planned from university study and expertise, so that learning is incremental, orderly, and progressive for pupils to build knowledge and skills in a manner encouraged by cognitive science and educational research.
  • Depth and Breadth – Amassing expertise and proficiency in the identified core knowledge, skills and concepts in all subjects, will support pupils in thriving in all topics within those disciplines. Knowledge and skills are incrementally built up by encouraging pupil mastery over content, enabling pupils to access the full curriculum entitlement.
  • Ambition – To ensure our pupils seize their inherent greatness, our curriculum is ambitious, challenging, and designed to push pupils to their capacity.
  • Assessment – We will engage with both formative and summative assessments to check the progress of our pupils, so that we can respond to their needs and offer an education that is flexible and responsive. By regularly assessing pupils, teachers’ scaffolding, support and stretching can be differentiated accordingly.

 

Ongoing Curriculum Review Cycle

In service of ensuring our ambitious curriculum is enacted as intended, the senior leadership team work throughout the year with subject team leaders to review and evaluate the design, sequencing and common approaches to implementation. We believe in ‘curricular thinking’ and know that this work of reviewing happens constantly. We review curriculum in numerous ways:

  • Through regular debate and discussion in Monday CIGs (Curriculum Implementation Groups). This is where subject content is discussed, and instruction rehearsed.Curriculum Snapshots: In regular line management meetings, leaders get curious about the intent of curriculum and go and see how the curriculum is enacted

 

Curriculum Deep Dives:


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