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22/01/21

Shouts out to - Ruby, Anika, Jayden, Aidan, Toyin, Hugh, Swann and Amira in Year 12D History for outstanding evaluative contributions on race and racism in America. Very proud of the lesson today. Also Angel Year 11 Citizenship for her work on exam practice questions

22/01/21

congratulations to the Bedrock champions of the week: 7D – Amaziah 8A – Devante 9G – Chira https://t.co/rVzjGLCyMf

22/01/21

The HCACP Book Club is back for January. Our current book is Holes by Louis Sachar. https://t.co/YffWprDNJr

22/01/21

Retweetd From World Class Schools

Kaela; design. You are a professional. We can't wait for nominations for our Student of the Month https://t.co/ejX4ADS655 from https://t.co/b2McPTHlBJ

22/01/21

Want to impress your peers with amazing speaking skills? Yes? Join the HCACP Virtual Debate Club! If you are KS3 student who loves debating then we want to hear from you! Let your English teacher know you want to join the debate club and we will add you to the team! https://t.co/6MUTQNRVwB

22/01/21

Well done to Kaela 9BA. Excellent poster on human Right in her PSHE lesson. https://t.co/SH2ayNqrTo

21/01/21

Buenas tardes. Outstanding work from Nevaeh in their Spanish lesson today. # https://t.co/cyh3fiys27

21/01/21

Well done to all Year 10 students that have completed assessments online this week. If you missed one for any reason please contact your teacher. https://t.co/98juWadgyf

21/01/21

Year 10 challenge: This week our challenge for Friday afternoon is a one you can complete at home. Look at the following 'step in, step out' challenge. How many times can you do it in 60 seconds? Send your best score to Mr Biddiscombe by Monday at 12:00pm https://t.co/6V4R6EforO https://t.co/2XaO6tbhw2

21/01/21

This afternoon is Year 11 English Skills Club with Miss Bransfield and Miss Mills. The club runs from 3.15 - 4pm and we look forward to seeing you there! Today we are focusing on Language Paper 2 Skills. https://t.co/zbox4bMEq3

20/01/21

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the virtual Parents’ Forum this evening - over 100 in total! We hope you found it useful.

19/01/21

Retweetd From World Class Schools

Don't forget students - you are part of our Student of the Month campaign https://t.co/ejX4ADS655 . This will keep you positive. https://t.co/zvHtST39t4

19/01/21

Some tips for your mental well being https://t.co/Xb6s5V31oG https://t.co/BrqxDnxEze

18/01/21

HCACP Enrichment. Student Mindfulness booklet: https://t.co/1V2AxN8CDQ https://t.co/Cj8Gbn98KQ

18/01/21

New weekly student bulletin: https://t.co/pmkvPvz8nl https://t.co/5MrO1YHU0I

18/01/21

Virtual Parents’ Forum on Wednesday 20th January at 4pm. Link for meeting has been emailed, we hope to see you there.

17/01/21

Retweetd From HCACP PE

This weeks enrichment at home tasks are now online https://t.co/5tIpob2QaU. Can anyone better Mr Mulvaney’s juggling attempt? Please check SMHW for more details. https://t.co/xZykUZLMqv

15/01/21

Year 10 weekly challenge: Who can complete the puzzle challenge in the quickest time? Go to the Year 10 teams page for more information. https://t.co/xX24CPk5y4 https://t.co/dOYbI03xZh

15/01/21

Excellent work from Carla in Year 9 https://t.co/aD5kVdD9pt

15/01/21

HCACP launches the Bedrock literacy initiative. Summit that literacy mountain. Guidance for students in the poster below. https://t.co/4do705txUb

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 and Purpose

At Harris City Academy Crystal Palace our aim is ‘All Can Achieve’. Through our curriculum, we ensure that every student is able to reach their absolute best, regardless of their background or ability.

We aim to improve the life chances for all students and also therefore the local community within which they live. The intent of our curriculum is to give all the necessary foundations for success by helping students develop knowledge and attributes necessary and relevant to the 21st century.

HACP051We expect our students to achieve their individual best academically and to develop the self-confidence and sense of purpose necessary for success in a highly competitive global society. Students achieve their best through our comprehensive curriculum and the high quality implementation of that curriculum; we ensure it is knowledge rich and is both broad and balanced regardless of demographics and starting points.

The high expectations we have within the Academy drive opportunities for all of our young people. We are proud of the community in which we are located and we draw on our understanding of this to create challenging and stimulating lessons and activities as part of our curriculum.

Each subject has its own curriculum document which has been developed by our subject specialists. We have high expectations of subject knowledge from teachers so  there is a commitment to providing regular, high quality, subject-specific training for all teachers during the year. All our teachers are encouraged to be researchers into their own subject discipline.

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace sits within the Harris Federation and this makes us collaborative. This collaboration of subject specialists and researchers means our students benefit from the very highest quality in teaching and the most powerful knowledge. We harness the expertise from within the Federation's academies, across primary and secondary phases, to develop a challenging and rich curriculum model.


Statement of principle

To provide all students with opportunities to access and engage with the best that has been thought and said, but also to help students comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving. We encourage our students to see themselves as scholars.


HACP079Our aims

The staff and governors of the Academy aim to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum that provides appropriate learning opportunities for all students regardless of age, gender, cultural background, ability or special educational needs. We aim to:

  • ensure our students follow a knowledge-led curriculum through which they know and remember more
  • ensure literacy and numeracy are prominent within our curriculum and these act as a gateway to acquiring core knowledge
  • provide a rich range of subjects (both academic and vocational) and develop students’ expertise within those individual subject disciplines
  • empower students to use an enriched vocabulary enabling a better understanding of concepts and ideas, and facilitate access to knowledge beyond our students’ ordinary daily experiences
  • expand students' cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary by exposing them to a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, a wide range of creative arts and thoughtfully-planned learning outside the classroom
  • provide a rich and extensive extra-curricular offer to support the development of our students' character and prepare them for life as balanced, happy well-rounded individuals, who can succeed
  • support students so they can develop and look after their mental wellbeing

The curriculum

Students are now following a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum. This will mean that options will be taken in Year 9 for GCSE and vocational courses. This is a change from current practice and has been made after long and careful consideration. You may be aware that the new GCSE specifications are very demanding and we therefore need to ensure that your child has mastered all of the key concepts in each subject area before taking Key Stage 4 option choices.

HACP093Year 7, 8 and 9 curriculum

All students will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology (students will study resistant materials, food and computer science)
  • Drama
  • Music
  • French, Spanish and/or Mandarin (students will take two of the three)

For students who are behind their chronological age in literacy and numeracy, catch up is provided.

Year 10 and 11 curriculum

All students study:

  • English Literature and English language
  • Mathematics
  • Science (either separate or triology)
  • Core PE
  • History and/or Geography
  • French, Spanish or Mandarin (all students take at least one language in Year 9, while a small percentage drop this in Year 10)

In addition, students study two of the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food, Nutrition and Preparation
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education

Further details of all subjects can be found on our subjects pages.


Literacy 

All subjects are required to promote students’ literacy. The common requirement for all subjects states that ‘all pupils should be taught to express themselves clearly in both writing and speech and to develop their reading'.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development

Students embed the core values of the Academy and are mindful of one another’s views, demonstrating tolerance to differences in opinions. We encourage students to be reflective learners, showing curiosity and a thirst for knowledge in order to improve as individuals. This enables them to develop holistically and become active participants in modern British life. This is a real strength in the Academy and is embedded in the curriculum through drop down ‘thematic days’ four times a year, tutor time activities, a debating programme, educational visits, student leadership, enrichment and the assembly programme.

HACP014The spiritual development of pupils is promoted exceptionally well. All students study ‘Religion, Philosophy & Politics’ at Key Stage 3, a bespoke subject in which students reflect on their own beliefs and those of others. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism are studied explicitly and other belief systems are examined through modules on ethics and metaphysics. The diversity of faiths represented in the Academy is rich, with students demonstrating respect for others' faiths, feelings and values. One of the ways this is reflected is through the Academy’s annual Carol Service at a local church and through the Academy homily during assemblies. Students learn about themselves and others through the ‘PXS’ personal extended project. All students study a full range of creative subjects at Key Stage 3 including Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Technology, allowing them to engage their imaginations and be creative in their learning.

The moral development of pupils is promoted through tutor time and our Assembly programme. A broad range of topics is investigated each year under themes which promote British values such as tolerance, respect, a moral compass and empathy. The Academy’s core values provide a shared language for talking about moral issues which is well integrated into the Academy’s vernacular. Assemblies are delivered by senior leaders, middle leaders and students as well as visiting speakers from organisations such as the Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation, Growing against Violence, Great Men, CEOP (a national crime agency) and a wide range of other partners. Students reflect on the difference between right and wrong, and they are equipped to apply reasoning and critical thinking skills to their own lives, based on a moral compass. All students study ethics explicitly, including different points of view about how to make ethical decisions, as part of Religion, Philosophy & Politics at Key Stage 3. Students reflect on their own moral decision-making through a focus on restorative justice integrated into our culture for learning.


HACP073Character development

Character and a shared culture are developed through the Academy’s faculty system and inter-faculty competitions. The Academy strives to offer more chances for students, enabling them to have more choices in the future. The Academy achieves this by ensuring every student feels associated with their faculty and has the chance to succeed and show resilience in failure. Each faculty has its own identity, including a bespoke crest and motto. Students develop their character within their faculties in a number of ways including:

  • Raising money for their faculty's nominated charity
  • Being a member of the faculty ‘cabinet’ and whole-Academy student council
  • Taking the opportunity to speak in public during assemblies
  • Taking part and competing in inter-faculty competitions such as debating, sporting and culture for learning points.

PHSE and Citizenship is delivered in a variety of ways including:

  • The tutorial programme
  • Assemblies
  • Thematic Days
  • Within our curriculum
  • By external agencies

Relationships and Sex Education is delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Through the relevant programme of study in Science, PE and RPP
  • Thematic days
  • The tutorial programme
  • By external agencies

You can see further detail on our personal development curriculum page.


Careers

The teaching and promotion of careers, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, is embedded within Academy life. This is achieved through a variety of ways:

  • The tutorial programme, with one set day a week assigned to careers
  • Weekly careers (employability skills) focus across the whole curriculum
  • Thematic days
  • Weekly 'career in focus'
  • Work experience in years 10 and 12
  • External speakers and trips
  • Annual careers fair
  • Careers mentoring (external agencies)

You can find further details on our careers page.