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22/07/21

our children took home a very special present for their summer holidays - two brand new books just for them! Thank you for donating these to us. https://t.co/IW4GyRbqLt

22/07/21

Wishing all our families a very happy and restful summer holidays. Thank you all for an incredible year. For our Years 1-5: see you on Friday 3rd September. https://t.co/Fmz3ng1NW0

22/07/21

Well done to all the children receiving awards in our end of year assembly! https://t.co/WAfwhuUYrI

22/07/21

Retweetd From Ashanti Geminijah

Massive thanks to all the staff at Ashanti has enjoyed every minute of reception and has excelled in all areas. The school has gone above and beyond to make sure the children have remained as settled as can be. The support has been none stop and very much appreciated. ❤️

21/07/21

Year 1 loved their time at the carnival stalls. Thank you to all the parents who donated on ParentPay - don’t forget there’s still time to send in your contribution. https://t.co/ONQWHS8BYO

21/07/21

Channeling his inner Marcus Rashford dummy move look at Andrew out skill Coach LaMel! https://t.co/CAH44iba4G

21/07/21

Year 2 enjoying carnival. Thank you to our parent helpers this morning. https://t.co/OX2kwH5Jf1

21/07/21

Children and staff enjoying the stalls this morning!!! CARNIVAL FUN FOR ALL! Parents see you later! https://t.co/34hdqlqzVd

20/07/21

All our children took home their books from the year today. Wow they have worked so hard! Well done everyone! We hope your parents enjoy looking through them. https://t.co/tcQ3Gwql3C

20/07/21

Retweetd From Gem

An amazing school report for this one…hard work deserves a treat 🍦 https://t.co/IikMgqm4h1

20/07/21

We can’t wait for carnival tomorrow! It starts at 2.30pm tomorrow so make sure you join us! https://t.co/Ad0HIUWVKW

19/07/21

Today, Year 1 put their learning on Christianity this year into action. They looked at important features and religious artefacts at St George’s. Thank you for warmly welcoming our pupils. https://t.co/DrTEnm9lDC

19/07/21

Years 1, 2 and 3 all visiting the local St George’s Church throughout the day today. We are looking forward to visits to other places of worship as soon as we can - the others are a bit too long to walk to! https://t.co/pk1vIdvXpc

16/07/21

Outdoor dining in style at our sleepover https://t.co/Z951uPGm3Y

16/07/21

Year 4 sleepover fun! https://t.co/5nfXQTdsIg

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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.

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • 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: www.ruthmiskin.com

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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