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01/04/21

To help Y11 with mock exams preparations, Harris have put together some excellent resources: https://t.co/fBYqoT74O7

01/04/21

Should you need to communicate with Harris Academy Orpington please email: Harris.Orpington.hf.com. Please limit information to your child's name and year group only. This email is being monitored and we will contact you regarding your enquiry.

24/03/21

Brilliant assembly this morning from Students have already started their portfolios

23/03/21

Well done to our Year 11s for remaining focused and working hard. See the link below to the Revision Masterclasses which are taking place during the Easter break: https://t.co/NW1lS7Qk3a

15/03/21

To reward students’ vocabulary work, Bedrock are giving away 2 Chromebook laptops& 50 £10 Amazon vouchers! Winners will be chosen at random from all students who earn 120 or more Bedrock Points this half term.Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Orpington https://t.co/WiWGw5SLop

12/03/21

Some fantastic artwork from one of our aspiring artists in Year 7 https://t.co/8ZsPJXQghQ

11/03/21

Another amazing free show - this time to celebrate International Women's Day: LETTERS LIVE ft. Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Daisy Ridley | FULL SHOW. It's available until Sunday! https://t.co/OPoENs8L21 via

05/03/21

Calling all HAO drummers and percussionists! 🎵🥁 https://t.co/bnLMwmtogG https://t.co/97TJTA1kKV

05/03/21

Calling all HAO composers, drummers and percussionists! 🎵🥁📝 https://t.co/1BlzQhcc3D https://t.co/YA0Od0ORM4

04/03/21

Take a look at these careers available in TV National Careers Week: Finding the job that fits you in television - BBC Bitesize ⁦https://t.co/R3HZfcoilJ

04/03/21

Calling all parents, carers, siblings and grandparents to join in on the fun and help to win your child's form group some golden tickets for our annual reading 'Charlie's Chocolate Challenge' https://t.co/5Ow53LBxCF

04/03/21

Happy World Book Day!!! Who says you can't have fun in lockdown? Can you name the book, author, character and member of staff from the picture? https://t.co/jufoe3m2cP

03/03/21

It's less than 24hrs to World Book Day & we have entries for Wonka Golden Tickets coming in thick & fast. 7B aka Augustus Gloop are leading the way to winning the chocolate banquet. There's still time to enter one of our home challenge or Oompa Loompa tasks on SMHW https://t.co/BvBHOktgUi

03/03/21

With world book day coming up have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a book publicist? What's It Like To Be a Book Publicist? 📚🐧 https://t.co/KZV7HECCeI via

02/03/21

Have you had a look at https://t.co/gLocvp0Wox to investigate careers?

01/03/21

This week is National Careers Week. Take a look at these future proof jobs. https://t.co/wu7mCj1WuZ

25/02/21

Our Year 10 Art students have been producing some beautiful artwork at home responding to natural forms https://t.co/3pqyYkCZ7q

23/02/21

HAO students are still making music even if the concert venue is their living room! This week's performances are bass guitar, voice & uke, and trumpet. Check out HAO Creates Music! at https://t.co/dKrJqg5NCE

22/02/21

This week's writing challenge is to create a persuasive advert for your dream Candy or Chocolate bar. It can be a poster or script to a TV advert - happy writing https://t.co/IRvNpu6IDK

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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent

We are driven by a desire to break the national cycle of deprivation and low performance of the most marginalised. We believe that all young people, regardless of their background or personal circumstances can and will be successful. Our Academy motto is Together: We Can and we work hard to nurture the belief that if we work together and foster positive and supportive relationships, we can ensure success.

Our curriculum is designed to equip our students with the knowledge and experience that they need, to take control of and have choices in their lives to broaden their horizons. We recognise that for many of our children their world view is narrow and we are to develop a wider view of what the world has to offer and to nurture a belief that what they learn outside the classroom is as important as what they learn inside. To that end, we ensure that the students benefit from a curriculum that is designed to ensure breadth and depth as well as cultural and social opportunity.

Children with disabilities and SEND have the same access to the curriculum as those without. Where students require targeted, additional support this is managed carefully to ensure that students are never restricted in their access.

We know that many of our students need to be exposed to a great mix of cultures, as well as have the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the many challenges that they may face. Our first rate PHSE programme and work with our Equalities group aims to develop young people who are tolerant, accepting of difference and willing to try new experiences.


Curriculum Implementation

Our excellent results are achieved by combining high quality teaching with a carefully designed curriculum. Whether a student is struggling, needs to be stretched or is somewhere in the middle, we will always work to meet his or her individual needs.

We encourage students to explore as many subjects as possible at Key Stage 3 before specialising at Key Stages 4 and 5. We believe that it is important for students to study a language and humanities subjects such as Art, Drama, Photography or Criminology alongside other subjects. 

Students are guided and supported to make sure that the subjects they choose at GCSE and A-level are the right ones for them, whether they want to go to a Russell Group university, another university, or into employment or training. We review the curriculum every year to make sure we have the right courses to inspire and challenge students, and create opportunities for success.

Alongside the main curriculum, there is an extensive Enrichment Programme.

Students are taught about British values in various ways including through our assembly and tutor programme (which explore current events in the world), enrichment activities, charity events and external speakers.


Curriculum Impact

Given the context of our Academy and its location, we are committed to helping students take control of and have choices in their lives to broaden their horizons. The impact of our curriculum comes in developing students who are tolerant, ambitious and who go on to be successful in the future.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum runs from Y7-9. Updated schemes of work are in place for September 2020. Our curriculum is designed to provide depth and breadth of study whilst ensuring that appropriate time can be devoted to Mathematics, English and Science. Our intention 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.

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 study a language which they continue to study until GCSE. Where appropriate, students may pick up a second, additional language in Year 10. All students study Physical Education for two periods a week and competition between faculties and with other schools is encouraged.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is followed by years 10 and 11. All students will study Mathematics, English, Science, PE and Religious Education and the vast majority study a humanities subject and a modern foreign language. The list of optional subjects is extensive and gives students a real opportunity to experience a subject that they may then want to study at university.


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At Key Stage 5 we offer a number of subjects that students from other Harris Academies come here to study with us. For an extensive list of what is on offer in the Sixth Form, please see our Sixth Form section.


For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mr G Lewis, Vice Principal on info@harrisorpington.org.uk