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Your chance to go down in history! You are being asked to reflect on your experiences of lockdown for a digital time capsule to be displayed on a dedicated Children of Lockdown website kept forever as part of the British Library’s UK Web Archive - visit


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This about a game of don’t let the ballon hit the floor! Great for movement, hand eye coordination and tactics. Just make sure you have space!


Welcome to our new Y6 students starting in September 2020! We are very excited about meeting you in person soon, however in the meantime please take a look at our Virtual Tour of the Academy and our Welcome Guide to Y6 via the link ...


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This half-term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week: creating instruments and music from household objects and devising a piece of theatre, taking on the role of performer, director and designer.


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Day 5: Virtual Sports Day- The HABE Lockdown Pentathlon. Access the easy to follow guide on MS Teams or the HABE website. Good luck and stay hydrated 🥇🥈🥉


For those of you that didn’t make our Virtual Sports Awards yesterday evening; you can still watch it by clicking the link: Well done to our amazing PE team


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Day 3 of National School Sports Week; - Reminder that Sports Awards is tonight at 6pm. Invitations have gone out via email to our sport stars. If you have not received an email and are apart of football,rugby or netball please email b.judd for the link


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We warmly welcome staff and students from to our Virtual Symposium. We feel privileged to be featuring your students.


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Day 2 of National School Sports Week; - remember to send in your selfies 🤳 to be involved in the virtual team photo.. here are just a few of our students who have represented the school this year 🏉⚽️🏀🏐


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Day 1 of National School Sports Week; A massive thank you to those who have sent in their selfies for - if you haven’t could you please send your selfies across to Mr Shone (boys) or Miss Picton (girls) by the end of the day 🤳🏉⚽️🏐


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We’re supporting National School Sports Week at home 2020. Please check your emails, Microsoft Teams and the website to see what has on offer for next week! ⚽️🏀🏈🏓🏏🏋🏼‍♀️⛹🏽‍♀️🤸🏼🤾🏼‍♀️🧘🏼🏊🏼‍♀️🥇🥈🥉🏆


We are loving Mr Ford's Science red cabbage experiment Our students have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with this challenge and just look at the scientific findings we have been sent!


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London Youth Games Week 2 Challenege.. Take part in the crossover dribble basketball challenge and compete for a chance to be chosen MVP of the week to win a pair of Nike trainers.. it’s all to play for! Good Luck!


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This half term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week, composing a piece of body percussion inspired by Stomp and to devise a piece of theatre using props/creating props using Physical Theatre.


Congratulations to our HABE DofE students who have participated in a certificate of social value for 2019-20 for contributing 455 hours, to an incredible total of 356,616 hours, of volunteering in their local community! Thank you Ms Picton for leading our students #


Another OUTSTANDING performance from the HABE virtual orchestra and choir! Please click on the link to hear their version of 'Times Like These' A huge well done to all our performers and a special thank you to our very own Ms Stone!


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Hope everybody had a lovely half-term! Weekly challenge: can you complete 7-8 hours of any physical activity this week? The more variety the better ⚽️🏈🏓🏏🏌🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️ First 5 people to screenshot and send to us will be nominated for virtual champion next week! 🏆


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This half-term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get their creative juices flowing. This week: Song Writing and devising a News Report


An important message to our all our students!


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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 intent

The History department intends to deliver a diverse, deep and challenging curriculum that enables all students to understand the past by developing their historical skills. Historical thinking combines substantive knowledge and conceptual understanding and renders the past something that can be investigated and understood. The history curriculum will empower students to question, investigate and explore the complex world that they are apart of.

Students will study a broad range of historical topics designed to get pupils to ask questions about the past to drive forward learning through an enquiry-based approach. This approach will enrich the cultural capital of our students by assisting them in becoming “educated citizens” who are familiar with the key historic events which have not only shaped Britain, but Europe and the world too.

The curriculum delivered by the History Department at Harris Academy Beckenham has been designed in such a way as to reflect the school’s local context. With a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicity’s and cultures our curriculum contains elements ranging from the great Islamic Civilisations in the Middle East to the Quest of Civil Rights within the United Kingdom as well as the key events that have shaped 20th Century Europe.

The History Department at Harris Academy Beckenham takes a chronological approach to teaching history at both Key Stage 3 and 4. This approach allows us to take students on a journey and exploration of the past, with us the class teacher, as their guide.

By guiding students, we can give them clear autonomy of their learning and facilitate a love for learning. Taking a chronological approach allows our students to make direct comparisons themselves and identify where continuity and changes are occurring throughout the past, whilst refining their skills as young historians. A further benefit of this methods of journeying through History this way, is that we are able to close the gaps that our disadvantaged students have. It is crucial to their future that they have a confident and secure grasp of history to make them a well rounded and educated citizen who is familiar with not only British history, but the histories of people around the world and an appreciation of the diverse and complex world that they are apart of.

As a Federation, we have a resourceful and expert history strand which meets every half term to receive professional learning, share best practice and develop further opportunities to aid our students’ progress towards excellence in History.


At Key Stage 3, the History department delivers five topics across each year group covering over 1000 years of history that tries to cover the major periods of change or development, as well as a range of political, economic, social and religious history. This happens in one 80-minute lesson that happens each week that allows teachers to delve deeper into knowledge and understanding as well as mastering key historical concepts that are crucial. As part of each lesson students will be addressing a key enquiry question tailored towards the key aspects that we as practitioners believe are crucial parts in the development of history. By implementing an enquiry-based approach to history it allows students to think about the bigger picture and see where what they are learning fits into the “Bigger Picture”. Students are assessed formally twice in the academic year. Once in July and again in June. To reduce the high stakes element of assessments students will also produce 2 internal essays and complete two factual recall quizzes that will contribute to their assessed grades at the data drops.   

At Key Stage 4, students are taught for two 80-minute lessons a week and follow the Edexcel 9-1 History Curriculum. Students study Crime and Punishment with Whitechapel, Early Elizabethan England, The Cold War and Weimar and Nazi Germany. The two 80-minute lessons allow students to embed key knowledge and skills that are required in order to achieve in this rigorous history curriculum. Students are taught in a variety of engaging ways in order to develop the key concepts and skills necessary. Do deliver the curriculum, the history department has chosen to adopt a chronological approach to the GCSE modules that are taught so that teaching take students on a journey through time. After each data drop, planning is reviewed to ensure that any gaps in knowledge or skills that need to be practised are revised as part of revision or “mop-up sessions”. This can be bespoke to each GCSE class taught.

In all lessons taught within the history department there are key aspects that are present. There is a clear focus on knowledge retention, though the use of “Nothing New, Just Review”, where students are presented with questions from last lesson, last month and last term. This will help to embed the key knowledge that they need in their long-term memory. Elements of mastery are deeply imbedded within the curriculum so that students practise second order concepts and work with the knowledge they are gaining to become masters of history. By presenting students with the “Bigger Picture” they can see why they are learning this particular topic and how it links to their wider study of history and the modern world so that they are not learning disjointed facts.

To monitor the quality of teaching by history teachers learning walks, book scrutinises and observations are conducted to ensure that students at Harris Academy Beckenham are taught to the highest possible standard and that teachers are held accountable for the learning of their classes. This is conducted by the Coordinator of Humanities, Assistant Principle for Global Communications and Most Able Lead. Feedback is then given to teachers and any necessary support can be put into place.


Students will be able to speak with confidence about the significant events from the past and explain how they have impacted our society today. Students will be able to interrogate historical information and sources and be able to explain this verbally and through written responses. All students will be able to reach their own conclusions about the historical events from the past and justify their reasoning behind this.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 8 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 10 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 11 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 12 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020

Year 13 Curriculum Plan 2019-2020