❤️ Tomorrow is our PTA Valentines Cake Sale. ❤️ We are asking any student who wears red to school tomorrow to bring a cake for the bake sale. ❤️


Reminder to all parents that we will be closed to all students on Friday 14th February for our Federation inset day. All children return after half term on Monday 24th February at 8:40am


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Our Year 7 girls played a federation league game at home against Harris Academy Peckham last week. The girls played a fantastic game winning 7-0 with Tianna Reader scoring all 7 goals. Well played girls!


We will be holding a meeting for our upcoming Kingswood residential trip for parents and carers, to find out information about the trip and to ask any questions you may have. Tuesday 11th February at 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you all there.


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The first session of 2020 taking place! A group of local school children have been buddied up with our and students for a fun day of baking and music.


Please remember that school closes on Friday 20th December at 13:30 for all children. The staff at Harris Primary Merton wish all our families a lovely break and we will see all our students when they return on 7th January 2020.


It was our annual Christmas dinner today. Thanks to all the elves who helped.


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Brilliant afternoon for me. Thank you for hosting me in their ARP, and to SaLT, Verity Woodfield for letting me shadow her work. 👍


Amazing singing year 6!


Amazing singing from year 5! Well done everyone.


Year 5 rocking around the Christmas tree 🎄


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Well done to all the children who sang in the year 3 and 4 performance this evening. Thankyou to all the adults who came to support them.


Well done to all our year 3 and 4 children who sang in their Christmas Performance tonight.


Our amazing reception children celebrating during their Christmas performance.


Fantastic singing from our KS1 children.


Well done to KS1 for their amazing performance of “Whoops a daisy angel”.


Remember that it is ‘Autumn Dress-Up Day at HPAM this Friday (1st November). Children can come to school dressed in a seasonal costume or a favourite character.

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Religious Education

Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy.
The purpose of this document is to clarify the how, why, and what of Religious Education teaching at Harris Primary Academy Merton. This is to be used by staff to clarify expectations, highlight the resources that we have at our disposal, and to ensure that a high-quality RE curriculum is being taught to all.

Within RE at Harris Primary Merton, we want our children to learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities recognising the differences they have in their beliefs and how we can understand and complement each other. To achieve this, pupils learn about all aspects of religious education, which involves learning about different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own.

As they mature and develop during Key Stage 2, they will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss their beliefs with each other. To support the development and understanding we will hold whole school assemblies that celebrate the different faiths, explain the traditions and beliefs and help the children to understand each other’s ideas and feeling. This will in turn support them to develop a mutual respect for the different religions they may encounter.

When studying RE, you need:

  • To discuss – debate and conversate about issues that relate to different religions and cultures
  • To be critical – able to identify problems, discrepancies and contradictions relations to people’s faiths.
  • To enquire - able to question and ask for justifications.
  • To be inquisitive – want to know why and how things work
  • To be appreciative – able to respect others people’s faith and cultures.


What does RE look like at Harris Primary Merton Overview:

At Harris Primary Merton we follow the Discovery RE scheme, which is a whole school approach that provides a scheme of learning from the Foundation stage through to the end of Key Stage 2. It is also influenced by the Merton Sacre agreed syllabus to ensure that the pupils learning complements that of their community. The program follows a detail Four Step Enquiry method, which develops from a key question at the start of a study area that children work on to weigh up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. “This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself”. It focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.”

Discovery RE is divided into six half- termly question-based units that focus on different enquiry modules. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way.



Christianity: Creation Story.  

Does God want Christians to look after the world?  

Christmas: Incarnation 

What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here rather than in Bethlehem? 

Christianity: Jesus as a friend 

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship? 


Easter - Palm Sunday  

Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?  

Judaism: Shabbat 


s Shabbat important to Jewish children?  


Judaism: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  

Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?  



Christianity- Jesus and his teaching  

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all the time?  


Christmas – Jesus as a gift from God 


Why do Christians believe that God gave Jesus to the world?  

Islam: Prayer at home.  

Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/her everyday life?   

Christianity: Easter – Resurrection 

How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after His crucifixion?  

Islam – Community and Belonging 


Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging 

Islam – Hajj 


Does completing Hajj make a Muslim a better person? 



Sikhism: The Amrit Ceremony and the Khalsa. The Amrit Ceremony and the  

Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?  


Key Question:  

Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh? 

Christianity: Christmas 


Has Christmas lost its true meaning?  

Christianity:  Miracles  


Could Jesus heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?  

Christianity – Easter/Forgiveness 


What is good about Good Friday?  

Sikhism: Sharing and Community 

Do you think it is important to share?  

Sikhism: Prayer and worship 

What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?  



Buddhism: Buddha’s teaching 

Is it possible for everyone to be happy?  

Christianity: Incarnation 

What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?  

Buddhism: The 8-fold path 

Can the Buddha’s teachings make the world a better place?  

Christianity: Salvation/Easter 

Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?  

Buddhism: The 8-fold path 

What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life? 

Christianity: Prayer and Worship 

Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?  



Hinduism: Prayer and Workshop 

What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?  

Christianity: Incarnation/Christmas 

Is the Christmas story true?  

Hinduism: Hindu Beliefs 

How can Braham be everywhere and in everything? 

Christianity: Easter/Salvation 

How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?  

Hinduism: Beliefs and moral values. 

Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?  

Christianity: Beliefs and Practices 

What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?  



Islam: Beliefs and Practices 

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?  

Christianity: Christmas 

Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?  

Christianity: Beliefs and Meaning 

Is anything even eternal?  

Christianity: Easter/Gospel 

Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?  

Islam: Beliefs and moral values  

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?  


Harris Primary Merton also focuses on Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Hinduism as these are the most prominent religions in our community however we are open to all faith’s and review the needs of the children regularly.

We use the Discovery R.E scheme of work to plan our medium term plans as well as individualised lessons.  Discovery R.E implements a four-step enquiry for each of the units;

  • Engagement
  • Investigation
  • Evaluation
  • Expression

The learning question for the enquiry is an attainment target  (impersonal) question.  The question encourages children to come to a conclusion using the evidence to reach their own conclusion.  The necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry questions.  


At Harris Primary Merton children have the opportunity to record their learning in a variety of ways, which is recorded within their R.E books. Evidence of the learning is dependent on the lesson outcome, year group and the skills and knowledge being developed. This can be in the form of shared learning folder (KS1), extended writing, photographs of  practical activities, use of world maps and local maps to identify features and areas, speech bubble comments on relating the learning. 

Core knowledge of each unit is supported by knowledge organiser which details the key learning points, vocabulary and key questions. It is our expectation that the knowledge on our organiser is known by all.

Our teachers rely on a range of assessment tools to provide data on the knowledge and skills pupils have, their progress and their development points.

This includes:

  • assessment for learning
  • challenge tasks
  • enquiry tasks
  • standards of learning in books
  • end of unit questions and quizzing 
  • pupil voice

Recording of learning in teacher books is used to monitor progress and impact.  Throughout the course of the lesson the class teacher (and support staff where present) will move around the class, offering support/challenge where needed so that each child is receiving direct feedback during the lesson, with notes recorded to monitor understanding and progress 

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