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28/07/21

Retweetd From Primary Times London

We love this! 😍 Students, parents and staff have been working together to create a new Wellbeing Garden at ! 🌳🌻 The garden will contain a wellbeing area, a greenhouse and a performance area too. 💚🎤 https://t.co/mTMwJOQzy4

24/07/21

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Fantastic work 🥇🥇🥈🥈🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉 https://t.co/7R3ShJ5r8J

22/07/21

Year 10 girls took part in the International Model United Nations conference in the Netherlands, representing Egypt, Chile, Croatia, Armenia and other countries. It brought together students from around the world for UN-style committees and discussions. https://t.co/PYRZsajZy0 https://t.co/GbJlMlIFj5

21/07/21

Retweetd From ENGLISH@HAB

The Library received a wonderful delivery today! Thank you for this incredible donation as part of the Pioneers programme. Exciting plans for how we'll be using these next year are already underway! https://t.co/awrJFLwxUR

21/07/21

HAB girls won two gold, two silver and five bronze awards in the 2021 Biology Challenge. We're very of them, especially considering 26,828 students from 348 schools took part! Great work https://t.co/xoFeYPISwF https://t.co/tZOHDCXJly

20/07/21

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating today and tomorrow! https://t.co/eexOZEc30h

16/07/21

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

So proud of this exceptional chemist and her Silver medal 🥈 🧪🧪🧪 https://t.co/40VTenQ0O7 https://t.co/xqfpZj8esR

16/07/21

Banners created by Year 7 girls to show their support for Year 11 student Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, who has been selected for the GB diving team at the Tokyo Olympics. They are so excited for Andrea and wanted to show how her ambition has inspired them.https://t.co/VkJFIXnvcP https://t.co/FPYSHB1U1Z

15/07/21

of our brilliant Sports Day competitors! https://t.co/P6TkYqL39b

15/07/21

Retweetd From Ms Valentín Lucas

Where can Languages take you? Year 12 students at have contributed their testimonials to our new display on what’s exciting about Languages studies at A-Level and beyond! https://t.co/SpbvP0UoNP

15/07/21

Sara, one of our sixth formers has won a silver medal in the University of Cambridge’s chemistry competition for secondary students. Sara won a Ag Award (silver for those in the know) putting her in the top 4% of chemistry students in the UK. Well done, Sara! https://t.co/MdjaprwAfw

13/07/21

Year 8 girls represent the Marshall Islands at the Climate Conference. The conference aimed to model the conference that is taking place in November. Full story https://t.co/Y3scW9CaWR https://t.co/nRp47KruK7

12/07/21

Download , our school newsletter for July 2021. https://t.co/7oOyXR5mLt https://t.co/GAisbZ8Tua

20/06/21

Retweetd From Rehana Popal🕷

As part of the Social Mobility Scheme, I been shadowed by of and of this week. It has been an absolute pleasure. If this is the future of the Bar, then the future is bright! https://t.co/vnuVaOpg7j

18/06/21

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Fantastic to launch our Y7 LifeLong Readers programme today 📚 We used the amazing ‘Look Up’ to help the girls practice reading with expression & questioning when reading to their younger siblings 📖 https://t.co/b5bb6pgsO5

12/06/21

Retweetd From Ms Valentín Lucas

What a lovely end to the week at ! Our linguists have had a great afternoon. KS3 students have attended Culture Club, Year 10s have worked with their mentor from and Year 12 have explored “La Sombra del Viento” in their book club. https://t.co/joQg6Aums2

11/06/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Bermondsey https://t.co/s3eWN7Gwt2

09/06/21

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

WOW! Class of 2029, now I feel old... 🙃 Want to find out more about , our HAB girls and ? Then sign up below 👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/OOI7hqcc1h

09/06/21

We are hosting a Year 5 Open Event Webinar on Wed 23rd June, 5pm. It's a chance for our incoming Class of 2029 and their families to meet key HAB staff, and gain further information about making a successful transition. Register at https://t.co/hpe9emsNyj https://t.co/5e7OJbVQOt

08/06/21

The next Big Big session is this Thursday 10th June, 2pm – 6pm. Fancy joining us to build a shed or fill a raised bed, and create our new Wellbeing Garden? Click here to to sign up! Hope to see you there! https://t.co/U76z7GdBun https://t.co/9SW8zVQqAq

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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Curriculum Overview

Every student, irrespective of starting point or individual characteristics, will be provided full and unimpeded access to the HAB curriculum. Our staff will be given continuing professional development which empowers them to ensure this accessibility.

Every student, irrespective of their starting point, will be provided opportunity to learn rich content that allows access to excellent examination performance, facilitating broad choice when moving to the next stage in their education, training or employment. Examination results are the outcome of, not the motivation for, highly effective teaching and learning.

This page contains an overview of our curriculum across all Key Stages. Details of the curriculum for each subject can be viewed on our Subjects pages. The following documents gives parents a flavour of the topics students will be studying each year.

For more in depth information please view the Progression Plans on each individual subject page. For further information about the curriculum please contact Gillian Hodgson on Gillian.Hodgson@harrisbermondsey.org.uk or 0207 237 9316.


Deep and broad knowledge

The curriculum will intend to provide every student with deep and broad knowledge of all subjects they study so that they may work towards mastery of those subjects. There is the implicit understanding throughout the design of our curriculum that this ‘mastery’ looks different, and will be achieved differently, in each subject specialism.

The curriculum will form a well sequenced narrative that builds both substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

HABG 064We actively encourage our staff to improve and refine their existing subject ‘content’ knowledge through active engagement with the latest academic thought, publications and research. We also actively encourage our staff to seek opportunities to enhance their understanding of how this content knowledge feeds into their knowledge of how to deliver it in the classroom – pedagogical content knowledge – through subject associations, for example.

All teachers will draw on the curriculum to secure their pedagogical content knowledge and all teachers will update the curriculum with improved sequencing, narratives and explanations using evidence of the impact of the curriculum.

How the curriculum is being implemented, and its subsequent impact will be monitored routinely against the intended curriculum outcomes and teachers will be provided with feedback that supports them in that implementation - improving their explanations, narratives and sequencing within and across lessons so that all students have access to and can achieve the intended curriculum outcomes.

Every teacher, irrespective of their stage, is a leader of curriculum and is afforded opportunity to enhance their practice and contribute to the curriculum development.


HAB curriculum implementation

Harris Academy Bermondsey aspires to a knowledge rich curriculum where curriculum is the mastery of a body of subject-specific knowledge defined by the subject specialists taking account of the national curriculum and the shared wisdom of subject pedagogical communities.

The big ideas and invaluable knowledge of a subject which pupils will acquire are planned skillfully by specialist subject teams. Skills are developed naturally as students gain more subject specialist knowledge.

HABG 074All subjects taught within the academy have an intent statement which sets out the inherent worth and purpose of the subject as well the intent behind the curriculum. This is reviewed on an annual basis and all staff within the teams contribute and understand the intent.

The curriculum is sequenced in a way which allows an overarching narrative to exist across units of work, year groups, key stages and the whole time in the academy. This enables each subject to teach hierarchical elements of the curriculum in the correct order. It also allows cumulative elements of the curriculum to be introduced in an order which is appropriate for each individual subject. Teams will review the sequencing of the curriculum on an annual basis taking into account the evidence derived from comparing actual outcomes with intended outcomes.

Units within the curriculum are planned to provide a resource to share best practice and train staff in the best practice of sequencing new learning. The unit curriculum plans will include:

  • Extracts from the syllabus/National curriculum / federation curriculum documents
  • New knowledge taught within that unit
  • Gateway concepts the student need to be able to access the new knowledge
  • The vocabulary required within that unit, this will not all be subject specific vocabulary
  • The hinterland which will utilise cognitive science to ensure staff share the best narratives and explanations that make the subject memorable and avoid cognitive overload whilst providing sufficient wider knowledge to put the new knowledge into a memorable context.

HABG 040Each leader of a subject curriculum, along with their team of subject specialists, will choose the most appropriate resources for the curriculum. The curriculum will dictate the use of resources, rather than the other way around – for example, where subject leaders choose text books this will follow a rigorous assessment of the textbook and making sure that the textbook matches the expectations of the curriculum. Where quality text books do not exist the specialist teachers will create and share appropriate resources.


How will we judge the impact of the curriculum?

Assessment of the curriculum will compare the actual outcomes of students with the intended outcomes of the curriculum. Each department plans the assessments that will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum and will use this to adjust the curriculum of future units to minimise any gaps in the narrative of the subject.

In all departments, teachers will utilise live marking, corrections in class and whole class feedback to ensure students learn more and remember more. Staff review the achievements of their classes and then plan lessons to address misconceptions or extend progress.

To ensure that students learn more and remember more of our knowledge rich curriculum, in all departments, students will complete weekly or bi-weekly recall style quizzes that respond to knowledge-learning homework (subjects with more than one lesson per week will have weekly quizzes). These knowledge assessments will provide regular opportunities to recall knowledge through quizzes, exit tickets, multiple-choice questions and other tasks that require students to demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge.

Every fifth week of the each half term there will be one formal “what do I need to improve” lesson for all classes in the academy. Whole class, and where required individual, feedback will be provided on what students have learned and remembered. The teacher will identify what students need to do to improve.

All departments will have two summative assessment points each academic year to assess how well students are learning the content in the progression plan. Each assessment is in two parts. The first part is a knowledge acquisition checker that may be multiple choice, recall questions or short tasks suitable to the subject. This first part is to be a substantial examination. The second part is a demonstration assessment which assess students’ ability to utilise the knowledge. The final mark will then be an equal combination of both parts and will be collected as a percentage.


The academy assessment policy can be downloaded on the Teaching and Learning page. For further details about assessment, please contact Assistant Principal Jennifer McFadden Jennifer.McFadden@harrisbermondsey.org.uk.