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Our wonderful Steel Pan band performed throughout lunch and conducted a workshop for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations 🎶


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A wonderful Pianist and Saxophonist performed throughout lunch today for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations   🎶


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The Performing Arts notice board here at has been updated with all of the timetables and extra-curricular activities available 🎶 🎭


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Our year 7 boys ready to go.. good luck lads!


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We had a fantastic time at our first ever netball tournament this afternoon at Bromley High. It was brilliant to see the girls playing together, the progress throughout this afternoon was amazing 🏐 I’m very proud and I can’t wait to watch these superstars in more fixtures ⭐️


Some *fantastic* examples of cells made by Year 7


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ANNOUNCEMENTs Unfortunately the opponent has withdrawn this morning from the year 7 boys football match. We will still be running a small sided game after school for the students so they can play some football. We have automatically gone through to the next round ⚽️ 🚨


Only another 2000 to go!! Busy times but we love that the local community can see how amazing our students and staff really are.#HABEShiningBrightly


Every day is open day at HABE- what a unique and special community we have, come see our amazing students in action. 1000 parents and students through the door already.


Our year 7 and 8 being scientists for the day designing and modifying ther own cells! Blowing away my the creativity of our students. What a week and its only Wednesday!


Experiencing the outdoors in year 7 with primitive living experiences and being in tune with nature and the great outdoors.


What an amazing week at HABE, students going above and beyond again.#ProudtobeHABE Sixth Formers helping Living Well in Penge - helping the community with the  generosity from our students and families


We have a number of items that have been left behind. Students will be able to collect these from the canteen tomorrow from 8am.


No problem - we will wait with her 👍


🔊Travel Update 🔊 The Bushcraft trip will be arriving back to the Academy around 4:45pm! We will let you know if anything changes


We can now announce our Virtual Open Evening will be on Thursday 11th November - stay tuned for further information!


Moved by the statistic, that "Fewer than 1% of students at GCSE study a book by a writer of colour", Ms Wrighton applied for a book giveaway, run by , to win 100 books written by black authors... we are delighted to say we have been successful!

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Design Technology

Curriculum intent

At Harris Academy Beckenham we want to create a diverse curriculum which is intrinsically linked to and fully embodies our learning ethos: Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Resilience.

Our intention is to inspire our students with a love for all things D&T to allow them to become confident individuals with inquisitive minds who will have the courage, skills and knowledge to thrive in the 21st century. 

From a very young age children teach themselves how to draw, paint, build or fix things when they are broken without being shown or taught these skills. Through the delivery of our Design Technology curriculum students are better prepared to deal with tomorrow’s ever changing world.

D&T encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.

We wish to instil a curiosity within our students which means they will ask questions and seek answers when creating new ideas, acquiring new skills and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We challenge students with engaging design briefs and instil a sense of curiosity within the students by enabling them to create work of their own inspired by well know designers, architects or engineers such as Philippe Starck, Charlotte Perriand, Zaha Hadid to name a few.

Finally, developing our students’ sense of appreciation for the design/creative industry supports them in finding their own identity as young designers, enabling them to develop a greater sense of self- awareness and affirming their own ideologies or perception of what design really is. Design and technology offer children a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. It can be found in many of the object’s children use each day and is a part of children’s immediate experiences.


Key Stage 3

During Year 7 students are taught as part of a ‘carousel’ system, where classes of students rotate around the D&T staff and classrooms every ten weeks.  In Design and Technology students are given the opportunity experiment, gain confidence and new skills through project based learning.

Each project allows access to a range of different practical learning opportunities with a focus on Health and Safety, outcomes and processes. All units aim to raise the students’ sense of achievement by creating finished products of high quality. Students gain understanding on the importance of accuracy and practice to create outcomes values by them. Working in a confined space together, sharing tools and equipment means that students need to be considerate and aware of health and safety implementations. D&T creates a big sense of team work allowing students to create together, help each other and take inspiration from each other.

Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we also have a varied offer for our examined options ensuring that we are inclusive for all students who wish to follow a design technology or hospitality-based route. Extending the project based approach from KS3, students:

  • Design and make products for key events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology are teaching focuses that are to be covered.
  • The use of computer programmes and applications are also a key focus to be utilised by children in their design of their products.

The GCSE course in year 10 and year 11 is taught by subject specialists to enable students to look at the design problems we can solve. And in doing this we will look at learning outcomes not projects. We want students to be able to define design problems for themselves and address the solutions to them. The designing activities undertaken will enable our students to consider the needs of individuals and society within both our own community and the wider world.

We give our students opportunities to use a wide range of materials and processes and to work both independently and as part of a team.


We will know the impact of the curriculum we have planned through the delivery of a high-quality education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitative measures such as:

  • Attainment and Achievement outcomes. The final measurable outcomes achieved by the students that we teach will be a clear indication of the quality of our Design and Technology curriculum.  This can also be used as a measure of the standard of teaching and learning within the subject.
  • Assessments. Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. Summative assessment is conducted termly to inform the teacher of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 8 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 10 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Y11 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020