four more days together next week for our Hub! We’ll be sad to see you go! See you Monday!


Always working hard at the hub and we know you are at home too!


Broad beans, lettuce and radishes from our garden - picked by the children - were enjoyed at lunch today!


The staff would like to wish all the parents and children a very happy half term. Enjoy the break! Enjoy our last staff video of the half term!


We recommend sharing this book with all your children. Thank you for the recommendation 😊👍


One of our lovely pupils has recorded their own Enjoy!


Wonder how many of the HPAPW children will test this at home today... 🍏🍎 Reply with your photos!


and we think you’ll enjoy this Reception learning from home!


Our orange and purple ones are coming out at school! No sight of the others yet!


Wow! This is amazing! Well done.


Mr Hollis brings you today’s


Not that we think you should get close enough to a tiger to check this out! 🐯


Well done Vibisan! Don’t forget to check out our extra weekly challenges on our website


Even with all the excitement today, don’t worry because we didn’t forget this special


We would like to say a massive Thank You to Miss Jones for her weekly check up and much needed phone conversations and Thank You to all the other hard working Teachers at Harris!


I'd like to thank the staff who have made this testing time as pleasant as possible with excellent materials every day and a special thank you to Miss Aluko, Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Catley for checking up on us and answering queries. Look forward to our return!


Happy Teachers Day to this outstanding team! We will always be thankful for all the patience, time and dedication. We truly miss you and especially during this time we admire and appreciate your work more than ever. Thank you so much. Enjoy this day you all deserve it.


Thank you for your continuous hard work, we really appreciate you and even more so during these times! Miss Arnold thank you for looking after my baby as if he was your own, I feel so confident he’s being nurtured fully when he’s in your care. Ms Lambert-Dale thanks for being you


BIG THANK YOU to all the staff esp Miss. Parris, Miss. Simms & Mrs. Lambert Dale. We appreciate everything you have done for us to continue learning & teaching, you have made us laugh (thanks Mr. Hollis) with your videos & you have never failed to call us to see how we are doing!


To All the Amazing staff at HPAPW Thanks for your continued hard work now more so than ever! You are a great team of teachers and a real credit to the Harris Federation.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Early Years

The Early Years refers to children in Reception at our academy.

Children within the Early Years learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult led and independent activities. At Harris Primary Academy Purley Way, we plan a wide range of exciting activities that promote independence, communication, self-confidence, determination, the ability to think critically and opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas. The children have independent access to a stimulating curriculum both inside and out of the classroom on a daily basis.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides a structure of learning opportunities through which we develop the different aspects of early education.

We believe our curriculum helps children meet learning opportunities within a happy, secure and interesting environment through practical activity, enquiry and purposeful play, with consolidation through practice, talk and reflection.

We plan activities and lessons carefully to inspire the children's curiosity, understanding and development. All seven main areas of learning are incorporated into the indoor and outdoor provision and planning is cross curricular across all areas. Throughout the EYFS curriculum, we are always incorporating children’s skills and development under the characteristics of effective learning.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into “prime” and “specific” areas of learning:


Prime Areas

The three prime areas of learning form the foundations for all future learning and therefore place a lot of emphasis on ensuring that all children feel, happy, secure and settled into the school environment.

Personal and Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care


Specific Areas

There are four specific areas of learning which supplement the prime areas and allow children to become confident active learners when the prime areas of learning have been supported and applied. Through these areas, we believe children can further develop their knowledge of the world around them and develop an understanding of all future learning that waits them. Here children will continue to become effective learners and develop the dispositions to learning through being curious, resourceful, persistent and courageous.


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

  • The world
  • Technology
  • People and Communities

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

Phonics and Early Reading

Phonics is taught to all children in daily sessions that are tailored to each child’s ability starting in Reception and continuing throughout Year 1 and Year 2. We follow Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read Write Inc.’ scheme of phonics.  Children are taught in ability groups to enable focused development of their phonics knowledge and application. For more information go to:

Children should read at home for ten to fifteen minutes a day. Children's reading at home should be recorded on their 'Read the Rainbow' bookmark. Certificates and prizes are awarded for children's completion of their bookmarks.

At the beginning of Reception, children bring home 'sound pages' to show what sound they have learnt during the day. Parents are encouraged to practise this sound with their child. This practise can be recorded on the child's reading bookmark as this is the first important step of learning to read.

Once children reach a higher stage of the phonics programme they are allocated (and take home) colour banded books of different reading skills levels as they work through the school. One of these colour banded books is the one studied in phonics lessons and the second is a linked text with similar content/characters.

We encourage all parents to read daily to their child and children are also encouraged to choose from a wide range of age appropriate books from their year group's selection. These texts are high quality picture books for parents to read to their child at home. Children will be able to join in with familiar words, rhymes or patterns and as the year progresses will be able to read more elements of these texts.

At Harris Primary Academy Purley Way, we believe the holistic development of children is paramount and we take great pride in understanding the uniqueness of each child. We are proud that children in our Early Years setting move to Key Stage 1 as confident, happy and resilient students, who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress through their time with us.

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