Curriculum Overview - Harris Garrard Academy

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18/07/18

The competition is heating up in Battle of the Bookworms. Taking place NOW. May the odds be ever in your favour! Find out more... https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd https://t.co/NfMtBUmURv

18/07/18

The stage is set for our Battle of the Bookworms final after school today. £250 to the winners of our literary quiz! Come and watch... Good luck to our six finalist teams: Active Readers; Hopes and Dreams; All Tea All Shade; Les Petty’s; Homophones; and To Read or Not to Read. https://t.co/EuWh4nNOmY

17/07/18

So much talent at our Summer Soirée last night... Thank you to the students, teachers and parents that supported the wonderful performances. https://t.co/NmHVccnmRS

03/07/18

Thank you for bringing in your instruments and showing us the different families. We love working together with to help bring music to students https://t.co/A5xd2SQpaU

02/07/18

Berlin travel update. Students are crossing from Calais to Dover now, estimated to arrive back at the Academy at 10.15-10.30pm. The secondary car park will be open half an hour before where parents can wait for the coaches, which will pull into the secondary car park. Thank you.

02/07/18

Our Year 10 Berlin trip students are now on a replacement coach and heading to Calais from Germany, following the break down of our bus. We'll give you an updated time of arrival as soon as we can. All students fine and in good spirits!

02/07/18

More pics from days 3 and 4 of our Year 10 to Berlin https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA https://t.co/zjq3XrMp0w

02/07/18

Year 10 Berlin Trip return. Due to a mechanical fault on the bus the students are currently delayed in western Germany. We are waiting for a replacement bus but everyone is well and in fine spirits! We will message again with a revised ETA in the UK asap.

01/07/18

Pics from day 2 of our Year 10 Berlin trip are at https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA. The focus of today has been resistance and terror in Nazi Germany, including a moving visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. https://t.co/L1Z8xVXnSA

30/06/18

Year 10 are on their way to Berlin! More pics and reports at https://t.co/DvkweXkKZE https://t.co/LQvAU6sKBl

28/06/18

Get the latest news from Harris Garrard Academy. Our July 2018 newsletter is at https://t.co/Xj4h0F9dXk https://t.co/aYU6zbw1yW

26/06/18

The heats of our 2018 Battle of the Competition take place after school in the drama hall, 10-12 July. 16 teams competing to answer questions on their favourite . Find out more https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd. https://t.co/xzlQ1KAAjs

22/06/18

Read this week's Primary Newsletter, with loads of news and useful info for parents. Year 6 have been learning about Ancient Greece and making their own Grecian pots! Read this week's newsletter at https://t.co/ZtRRvg8zxb https://t.co/O10KZSiRRk

21/06/18

Look at our amazing catering team supporting England whilst serving St. George cakes and a tasty roast! https://t.co/J2aZ88Jpv2

20/06/18

A fitting end to our year 12 English tour, attempting the quick crossword on the journey back to the academy. Thanks to and for their historical and literary marvels. https://t.co/EJ4xQ05FGA

20/06/18

Our Year 12 students have just finished their -themed tour at . Thank you for having us! https://t.co/EMtqrDPoh6

20/06/18

Year 12 literary tour of London begins at the Treasures of the exhibition. Highlight so far: Bronte’s handwriting, which is microscopic! https://t.co/Z9dNJZKZ9g

18/06/18

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is the theme of the latest issue of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, just published today! Includes fantastic about the high seas by primary students . Download your free copy now https://t.co/Uok4zmL6XL https://t.co/G7bxINueTx

18/06/18

Billie and Peter have entered our Creative Writing Competition. And you can too! Open to all students... Find out more at https://t.co/A06fuPBjAB. Closing date 29 June 2018 https://t.co/gUBEL1kSE6

18/06/18

'Life and learning should be a festival of the mind,' Socrates. Welcome to Ms Price from , pet therapy dog Monty and who are here to deliver the exciting Amazing Brains project - encompassing the wonders of comedy with the foundations of science! https://t.co/TdIzmEazGZ

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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Harris Garrard Academy is designed to ensure that each student is educated and supported to succeed in the world today, in line with the latest educational research.


Early Years Foundation Stage

In Reception, children are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning. Learning is based around themes such as Ourselves, Animals and Transport, with the emphasis on areas such as 'finding and exploring' and 'self-confidence and awareness' as well as reading, writing and numbers. Download our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum overview.


Key Stages 1 and 2 - Years 1-6

At Harris Garrard Academy, we help children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to move on to the next stage of their learning. In addition to following the National Curriculum, our children focus on a different topic each term which they explore through, for example, science, art, PE, history, geography or religious studies. 

Topic-based learning helps children to develop a better understanding of the world around them, make connections and apply skills in different disciplines. Download a complete list of topics for 2017-18.

We also have Mandarin as our Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7-8

Key Stage 3 is the bedrock and the foundation for our students to be successful when they leave Harris Garrard Academy. All students have a broad weekly curriculum offer of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, French, Religious Studies, ICT skills, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Art, Drama, and Music.

Our intention is to give students a ‘taste’ of as many subjects as possible, whilst preparing them for, and informing them about, their GCSE options. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed in every subject and across the curriculum. We apply the following principles when devising and constructing our Key Stage 3 curriculum.

  • Key stages 3 and 4 are equally important and we do not devote staff resources to one at the expense of the other.
  • We try avoid spilt classes (ie classes with two teachers) at all costs.
  • We liaise with our feeder primary schools to identify what students have already learned, to ensure we do not repeat unnecessary content and keep the curriculum challenging and engaging.
  • To challenge students and measure achievement in Key Stage 3, we have robust, standardised, externally set and moderated half-termly tests.
  • We place equal emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
  • Intervention (ie extra teaching for students who need it) is as important for Key Stage 3 as for Key Stage 4. We track each student and each class for progress and all the Learning Hubs have Key Stage 3 intervention nights.
  • We have subject specialists teaching in all classes at both key stages.

Details of the wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer in Key Stage 3 can be viewed on our Subjects pages


Key Stage 4 - Years 9-11

In order to help prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world, we have developed a Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) Programme of Study that offers each student a focused Curriculum Pathway, as well as an option to incorporate personal interest into their studies.  

All students follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, either Geography or History and BTEC First Sport. 90% of our students will also have a Modern Foreign Language as part of their core curriculum. Our students then select their additional subjects to make up their curriculum. This selection is made up of vocational courses and other academic subjects. The list of optional subjects is extensive and will give the students a real opportunity to experience a subject that they may then want to go off and study at university.  The Curriculum Pathway will ensure each student is academically challenged and engaged in their learning, resulting in the best chance of success across all their subjects.

Details of the wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer in Key Stage 4 can be viewed on our Subjects pages. You can also download our options booklet.


Key Stage 5 - Years 12-13

At Key Stage 5 we are part of the highly successful Harris Federation Sixth Form. Find out more about the courses on offer in the Sixth Form, from Art to English, Engineering to Chemisty. Further details of the Key Stage 5 curriculum for each subject can also be found on our Subjects pages