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Our Y12 Historians had a great taster day at yesterday. They look part in lectures and debates, and got to speak to current UCL Humanities students.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


Motivational speaker David McQueen visited HCACP yesterday to give Year 10 students valuable advice and top tips in preparation for their upcoming mock exams.


A real 'Who done it' for our junior detectives taking notes and forensic samples at a simulated crime scene today at HCACP with consultancy.


Year 7 and Year 8 had the amazing BRIT school sixth form students in today leading their first dance workshop ready for the BRIT festival in July. The girls worked so hard and loved learning some new dance moves.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


The fabulous Peter Long has kindly donated money raised with Beautiful Croydon calendar to purchase an upgraded set of tenor pans for the Academy. Students were so excited to play the beautiful sounding instruments.


Watch the semi final here live at approximately 15.45. Good luck to the team!!!


👏👏👏👏 Huge well done to our girls’ team - have made the national semi final in Nottingham!


After three days of challenging hiking and navigation in Sussex, three teams have their DofE Silver Practice Expedition completed!


Reflecting on a day's hiking around Bewl Water on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition.


Day two scenes on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition


Fantastic work today by the sports leaders at today’s Primary sports day. You were an absolute credit to the Academy.


Congratulations to Thye-Lakh! Has not missed a day off school since year7!


Great half term trip to .


The HCACP newsletter for May 2024 is now available from


The HCACP Instrumental Concert is tomorrow at 4.30pm. An hour of recitals and exemplary musical acumen.


Two absolute superstars right here 👇🥇🤩! Have loved seeing their musicianship go from strength to strength and confidence grow. What a fantastic achievement passing Grade 6 vocal exam in Y11🥳. Huge congrats to Kira also for the Grade 8 Distinction 👏.


Congratulations to our talented students who took singing exams this half term.  Grace and Kumasi for passing their Grade 6 singing exams with a merit and huge congratulations to Kira for achieving a Distinction in her Grade 8 exam.


HCACP students were lucky enough to participate in literacy rhythm workshops with Ollie from .  It was great fun connecting syllables and rhythms together with some body percussion.

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Home Learning

Empowering Independent Learners: Why Home Learning Matters at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace recognises that learning extends beyond the classroom. Home learning is an integral part of our curriculum, designed to not only solidify knowledge but also cultivate essential independent learning skills that will propel students towards academic success throughout their educational journey.

This page emphasises the benefits of home learning for students, highlights its role within the curriculum, and creates a connection between home learning and future academic success.

Why does home learning matter?

  • It provides students with the opportunity to review and consolidate their learning to ensure it is not forgotten.
  • It also provides students with the chance to extend and build upon their knowledge.
  • It develops students’ independence; ability to organise and manage their time as well as a sense of responsibility and self-discipline.
  • It supports a valuable learning link between home and school.

How is home learning set and submitted?

  • Teacher sets home learning and explains verbally in lesson.
  • Students make a note of task and deadline using their planner.
  • Details and any supporting resources are uploaded to Microsoft Teams for students to access - these appear as assignments for students.
  • Additional information regarding home learning is available on the website
  • In English, Maths and Science - students also have home learning that takes place via an app

Download a guide to using Microsoft Teams HERE. It will help your child get started so they can access Teams and check assignment details 

How much home learning should my child receive?

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9). Students receive 1 hour 30 minutes of app home learning per week (30 minutes on Bedrock, 30 minutes on Tassomai and one hour on Sparx per week). In addition, students have three Big Question home learning tasks per week. These should take 1-2 hours to complete.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). Students have one hour per week per subject (minimum). English, Maths and Science should have two hours a week.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13). Students have a minimum of six hours of homework for each subject per week.


KS3 Big Question Overview