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Well done to all girls, enjoyed taking them through the programme 🥇👏🏼🥊


Year 10 students have had six weeks of non-contact sessions delivered by a GB boxing coach during lessons. All 27 students passed their assessment today achieving the Preliminary Award. Well done girls!


HAB Rowers take to the water... "The instructors were very helpful and they taught us how to be more patient and resilient. We felt that this opportunity helped develop our as well as our skills." HAB Breaking Barriers Rowing Team


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begin their first session with , "feeling much more confident around water now!"


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Our latest studio exhibition ‘Into the Wild’ opens this Friday 18th May featuring works from students at and , in collaboration with :


These and other photographs by our girls are on display at in until Saturday. Thanks to everyone for making this great event possible. We're really of you all! Full story at


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Really proud of year 10 art! their exhibition is open all well! Go go go! It's at


Thank you Nadia, and to everyone at PwC for the great workshop yesterday. Our girls really enjoyed it!


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Had an amazing time speaking on employability skills with the team at yesterday for . The students were an absolute pleasure to work with!


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Amazing photos from Year 10 girls at . So impressed and inspired by their ability to express the muses behind peices.


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Members of HabFemSoc selling merch on Friday


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And the tuck shop is now open for business... following on from the phenomenal supperclub the race is on to reach £1000, all proceeds to working to stop domestic abuse and make families safe.


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Fantastic to be one of the 12 London Schools participating in City Hall City Pitch today!


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Year7 are working hard with this term. They are making to learn how to program before they start to create their own. Looking forward to seeing their


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HABFemSoc are excited for their final bake and merchandise sale tomorrow of the year! Excellent production lines in progress


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Year 9 students presenting their invention as part of a Careers in Focus workshop on User Experience


Girls build dens and sketch nature , inspired by the work of artist David Milne, who lived for months at a time in the wilderness of . . Read more See Milne's art at until May 7


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Harris Academy Bermondsey hosted its first ever Teaching & Learning Marketplace today. All our teachers had the opportunity to network & take away amazing T&L ideas from our outstanding faculties. HAB’s SEND stall was busy!


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Great afternoon spent at our first today at . Fantastic to see, hear, gather and share approaches that are working in each department

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Posted on April 20th 2017

Mastery in Mathematics. HAB Teachers Adopt Innovative Approach

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‘Mathematics for mastery’ is an engaging, accessible way to teach children Mathematics inspired by teaching in Singapore and Shanghai. This approach is already used in UK primary schools and is now being used at HAB too. Mathematics teacher Aseel Showman explains.

At HAB we will soon be training a small group of teachers across different schools to become ‘Mathematics for mastery’ specialists. After being trained, they will then work with other teachers in their departments to ensure that pupils are able to gain a deep understanding of maths.

‘Mathematics for mastery’ is a style of teaching inspired by teaching in Shanghai. Already used in primary schools across the UK, we are looking at how to continue the same teaching style at HAB.

Visual representations

Over the course of this year, on the Mastery Specialist Programme, there have thus far been two training sessions in which we have looked at various key ideas to support the teaching of Mathematics for mastery. These include the introduction of more visual representations and ensuring that questions which are used in the lessons have been well thought out and picked for a clear purpose.

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I was also able to observe a lesson delivered to a Year 4 class by a teacher from Shanghai in which the differences in their teaching styles gave me ideas to bring to the Mathematics department at HAB.

There was an emphasis on discovering the key idea for the lesson, which was supported through use of visual representations, allowing much time for discussion and not rushing through many mathematical ideas at once, but only analysing one idea from various angles.

The teacher also gave pupils many opportunities to consolidate what they had learnt throughout the lesson, by re-iterating the key idea in the form of a short statement.

Model lesson

I have been able to share some of these mastery ideas with other Mathematics teachers at HAB, in which we looked at a model lesson using the teaching for mastery ideas.

Here we were able to notice the key differences with a mastery lesson and we were able to discuss the benefits for teaching Mathematics in this way. Teachers were given access to this exact lesson and were able to use this to influence their lesson planning.  

In the second year of the programme we will largely be working with other interested schools in the area to help them introduce a mastery approach to Mathematics teaching in their school. However, we will continue to work with teachers at HAB to ensure that they feel confident to adopt a mastery approach in their lessons.

The ‘Mastery for Mathematics’ programme is run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

Aseel Showman, Teacher of Mathematics, HAB