We are so looking forward to clubs starting again! Parents the form is working again and we’ve changed the closing date to the 19th - thanks for your patience! If you filled it in already, you do not need to complete again. 🏀🌱⚽️🧘🏽‍♀️🎭🍳🎼🩰🎨🧩


Make some binoculars to go wildlife hunting!


Make an insect hotel! 🐜🐝🐞🕷🦗


Make or buy a bird box and put it up for our feathery friends! 🐦


Make a hedgehog 🦔 cafe!


HPAPW’s Community Challenge for April is “Wildlife”! 🦆🐛🦉🦋🐢🐌🐑🦦🦔🦢🐖🐞🐝🐜 We are sure you can do lots of things this Easter holiday to help creatures big and small! Enjoy some of the ideas below!


Thank you to the Easter bunny for visiting today with the yummy treats! See you all on Monday 19th April.


Kindness goes a long way! A lovely parent dropped off costumes for future book days, when children might not have something to wear, or for role plays as they don’t fit her children any more. Our Reception classes made a special card to say thank you.


A surprise performance from Jay Class to their Reception friends on our roof garden stage!


this reminds me of the before version of your sensory room! Maybe Mrs Barnes could share a before and after shot!


After school club love their tea every night. Thank you


We just love this planet song in Reception! Don’t blame us if it gets stuck in your head! ☄️🎶🌍🎵🪐


Remember our staggered collection times for tomorrow please everyone.


Parents please make sure you have read the letter sent home with your child yesterday. Thank you 😊


Don’t forget our temporary email is


We knew you’d like these photos! Thanks for making our crazy idea a reality!


Check out our new sensory garden signs! We’re loving our roof garden in this sun!


Reviewing our learning from this term, phonics assessments, low stakes quizzes for our foundation subjects and keeping active for our “Healthy Living” month. We’ve had a great day at HPAPW!

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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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