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12/02/20

❤️ 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. ❤️

09/02/20

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

06/02/20

Can't find a school letter? You can find them all here https://t.co/xMO4LtXT0d Remember we are going paperless soon!

06/02/20

Retweetd From HarrisMerton

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! https://t.co/B5NKuBhnkX

06/02/20

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.

15/01/20

Retweetd From Wimbledon High

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. https://t.co/kpUYJPdN8P

19/12/19

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.

17/12/19

It was our annual Christmas dinner today. Thanks to all the elves who helped. https://t.co/R31xOLh7ME

17/12/19

Retweetd From Rachael Wardell

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

17/12/19

Amazing singing year 6! https://t.co/OGwIbRpt2Q

17/12/19

Amazing singing from year 5! Well done everyone. https://t.co/UAUsROyRjl

17/12/19

Year 5 rocking around the Christmas tree 🎄 https://t.co/3FrJjMjbdC

16/12/19

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

We are so excited to be at Harris Primary Merton today for our subject day for our . . https://t.co/6XgE71GCfn

16/12/19

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. https://t.co/8CXEv19IcD

16/12/19

Well done to all our year 3 and 4 children who sang in their Christmas Performance tonight. https://t.co/hJqT4YuUOd

14/12/19

Our amazing reception children celebrating during their Christmas performance. https://t.co/XmT7udCF2Y

14/12/19

Fantastic singing from our KS1 children. https://t.co/D7tBS2LhoK

14/12/19

Well done to KS1 for their amazing performance of “Whoops a daisy angel”. https://t.co/B4BiVT5GQh

29/10/19

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. https://t.co/4Ei8PbEM4N

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Geography

A geographer needs: 

Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy
At Harris Primary Merton, we want our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with to further their geographical understanding.   We want children to understand: where they are located within the world as well as within the British Isles, to be able to use a range of tools to understand their location and the landscapes of contrasting environments, to appreciate, describe and have a desire to conserve the differing environments of the world

Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.

It is a subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:

  • Where is this place?
  • What is it like? (and why?)
  • How and why is it changing?
  • How does this place compare with other places?
  • How and why are places connected?

Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding; providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world. We describe this as ‘thinking geographically’ and explicitly teach this to our pupils through our use of knowledge organisers.

Implementation:
What does geography look like at HPAM? Overview:
To ensure this happens, we deliver a geography curriculum that focuses on developing a sense of place that is underpinned by core knowledge of facts, locations and vocabulary.  Our curriculum is designed to allow children to build on their geographical knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.  Teacher have a clear understanding of the progress of knowledge making reference to past learning and making links with previous knowledge.  Our children will access their immediate environment and to gather first-hand experience to enhance their learning and develop a deeper understanding of their local area and to be able to make accurate comparisons with contrasting locations.

At Harris Primary Merton we have a wonderfully diverse community and we use this to learn about different places around the world.  We encourage all children and families to come in and share information about their culture.  This can be as simple as teaching us how to answer the register with a ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’, or it could involve reading a story in their home language.  As such, our children leave EYFS with a strong sense that their immediate experience is not the same as everyone else’s, and that there are many countries to visit!

Our curriculum is based around talk and this leads to lots of discussion about the natural world and all its wonders.  At Harris Primary Merton children learn to discuss the features of their immediate environment and talk about why processes and changes happen.  We investigate natural materials such as leaves, water and twigs and talk about how they might have got to our classroom.

During KS1 pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

During KS2 pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Pupils develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

We have specific whole school learning opportunities, such as environmental art week, which support our children to discuss the impact that humans can have on the natural world.  The teaching and activities allow the children to develop an understanding of the impact of human actions on the local and wider world community.

Curriculum

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

NC

GSF / LK / HPG

HPG

HPG

HPG

LK

HPAM

Our Local Area

Investigating our School

UK Weather

Extreme Planet

Going Global

Year 2

NC

LK / GSF

PK

HPG

PK / LK / HPG / GSF

HPAM

World View

Contrasting Landscapes

Settlements

Close Up on Kenya

Year 3

NC

LK / GSF

LK / PK

LK / HPG / GSF

HPG

GSF

HPAM

Map Detectives

Comparing UK Regions

Life in London

Resources and Us

Our Local Environment

Year 4

NC

GSF / HPG

GSF / HPG / PK

HPG / GSF / PK

HPAM

Shake, rattle and Roll (Earthquakes + Volcanoes) Natural Disasters

Life in Italy

Water on the Land

 

Year 5

NC

GSF / LK

HPG / GSF

HPG / LK / PK / GSF

HPG / PK / LK

GSF / HPG

HPAM

Latitude and Longitude

Global Biomes

Exploring Brazil

Sustainable Living

Our local ecosystem

Year 6

NC

LK / HPG / GSF

HPG / GSF / PK

LK / PK / HPG

HPG / GSF

HPAM

Field Study (Based on Residential)

Settling Down

People on the Move

Our school’s microclimate

Transition

Key: LK- locational knowledge, PK- place knowledge. HPG- human and physical geography, GSF- geographical skills and fieldwork

Across all stages of teaching and learning we endeavour to create strong and appropriate links with other subjects to enhance the curriculum and learning experience, predominantly but not exclusively with literacy, music, PSHE, art and design and history. 

Impact
Evidence and Assessment
At Harris Primary Merton children have the opportunity to record their learning in a variety of ways, which is recorded within their Geography 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 a 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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