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01/07/22

Final day. Final dinner. Farewell, France! 👋🏼👋🏽👋🏿🇫🇷 https://t.co/wxdAGOrWga

01/07/22

We're playing chess while they're playing checkers..! https://t.co/9lZY5S2wmb

01/07/22

Looking forward to welcoming these legends back today to perform to our Year 10s! 🥳 https://t.co/iWgPTBz1Ua

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: la boxe 🌍🥊🇫🇷 https://t.co/iARk92kXZx

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: La promenade lumière le volley le tir à l’arc 🇫🇷 🌍 🇫🇷 🌍 https://t.co/nyCKvZAl2X

01/07/22

French work experience crew 🇫🇷 https://t.co/bn2S1JWxUo

30/06/22

Lake Day in France! ⛵🏞😍 https://t.co/Ct1UFmYZId

30/06/22

Retweetd From Harris Riverside

When local rivals become teammates! Looking forward to teaming up on the 18th July ⚽️ https://t.co/ouTCGKlFSt

30/06/22

Well done to the Y9/10 football girls for a great training session with Harris Riverside https://t.co/25Vr15AasQ

29/06/22

We really enjoyed hosting our new Year 7 students and their families this evening. We look forward to seeing you all next week for transition week! Remember to be on-site and ready to go for 9.30! 🥳

29/06/22

This month, our star readers in KS3 contributed to the prestigious Yoto Carnegie and Kate Greenway book awards. They read and gave their feedback on 16 different children's books and did our school incredibly proud with the quality of their feedback. 📚 🌟 https://t.co/K0FJ0EplOA

29/06/22

Chef-training on location in France! Amazing feedback. 😍 https://t.co/wdvqlJvodu

28/06/22

Smashing start to our Spoken Language assessments this week! We've heard about everything from aliens to the journey of the humble kebab! 👽🍢 Well done, Year 10! 👏🏿👏🏽🥳 https://t.co/EqezClhLxn

28/06/22

Beautiful accommodation for our Year 10s with fresh decor & a glorious mountain landscape... 😍 Vive la France! 🇫🇷 👏🏼👏🏿 https://t.co/DLfwm1PJFU

28/06/22

Year 10 students en-route to France last week for their two weeks of work experience! C'est magnifique! 🌎 ✈ 🇫🇷 https://t.co/we6LpqhRY4

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/KEnHzu8X1z

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/H0xsNKhjCS

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/5zTstrpTdV

25/06/22

All finished and about to leave! 40 mins until at home. https://t.co/yk1BoUJCtl

25/06/22

And the last group are off! https://t.co/aqkWkLBOqX

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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum design is the cornerstone to delivering a quality education to all children. We believe in having a knowledge-rich curriculum that delivers broad, diverse and ambitious knowledge invaluable for ensuring all children are ‘in the know’ and are taken beyond their everyday experience. We believe strongly in our curriculum mantra that “Knowledge is Power.  We make it Stick.”  Everything we do from maths to personal development centres around this belief.

The academy ensures that people are protected from discrimination as per the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Every student has the right to access and succeed in learning at Harris Academy Ockendon (HAOC). 

When we choose what to include in our curriculum, we are always aware that we are choosing not to include something else. As such, our subject team leaders begin by fixating on ‘what’ to teach and the intent of their curriculum, before thinking about ‘how’ they will deliver it. With this in mind, we believe in selecting ‘better’ or ‘more powerful knowledge’ in every subject discipline, which is specialised and takes its authority from leading academic institutions.

It is every child’s right, regardless of their academic ability or prior attainment, to access this powerful knowledge to ensure they are not only able to perform well in public examinations but develop the disciplinary knowledge and cultural capital necessary to successfully navigate and interrogate the future world they will encounter. For staff at Harris Ockendon, this is a matter of social justice.

Examples include:

  • In English, we want students to experience the majesty of Shakespeare, and to create deep, cognitive connections in their knowledge by exploring the origins of Greek tragedies and its impact on drama across societies, cultures and time periods.
  • In History, students will develop a good understanding of the lessons to be taken from the Holocaust, but we also know their knowledge and understanding will be richer if they have an appreciation for the impact of genocide more widely by studying other global events in Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia.
  • In music, students will develop competent performance skills across musical instruments such as the piano, keyboard, guitar, and using their voice, as well as learning to appreciate and interpret the diverse origins and cultural heritage associated with music by studying Gamelan music of Indonesia or Reggae and Blues music.

Our subject team leaders have designed and planned their curriculum according to the following 5 principles:

  1. The curriculum is driven by powerful knowledge with the challenge ‘pitched up’;
  2. The curriculum is sequenced logically so that new knowledge builds upon old and prepares pupils for the next stage;
  3. The curriculum is specified in detail so that teachers and pupils are clear on what needs to be learned and in what depth;
  4. The curriculum is taught to be remembered, not merely encountered;
  5. The curriculum is supported with a homework strategy that supports the delivery of knowledge to long-term memory.

The approach to curriculum design can therefore be summarised according to the following equation:

Ambitious Intent ⇒ Logically Sequenced ⇒ Specified in Detail

How students learn the curriculum

Making it Stick

Every decision we make about learning and teaching is governed by two truths about learning:

  • If nothing has changed in long term memory, nothing has been learnt
  • Forgetting is inevitable

No matter how brilliant a year 8 Spanish lesson appeared, if the students cannot remember it two weeks later, it wasn’t learnt. Understanding sometimes gets confused with learning, but they are not the same thing. Therefore, everything we ask students to do, and everything we talk to teachers about, is designed to make more knowledge stick in long term memory.

Lessons and lesson structure

We are not overly prescriptive on how lessons should look at Harris Ockendon, but there are some principles that all teachers adhere to.

All lessons start with a high challenge retrieval activity, followed by a period of fully guided instruction (‘I do’  ‘We do’  ‘You do’). This is surrounded by a warm/strict approach to behaviour management: ‘Because we care, what we ask students to do is not optional’.

Stopping the Forgetting – How lessons start

Every lesson at Harris Ockendon starts with 10-15 minutes of high challenge retrieval questions designed to stop the forgetting of the most vital knowledge, facts and skills. The questions pull from a broad knowledge base, including previous topics and sometimes previous years!

Such is the importance we place on ‘stopping the forgetting’, it is expected that all students attempt all the ‘Do Now’ questions, and those not attempting all of them are challenged. Teachers will refrain from providing too much help in the first 10 minutes, instead motivating students to think hard without looking back over previous work.

The teacher then spends time going through the answers, reteaching the most important points if necessary, and students make corrections. The graph below illustrates our belief, that the more knowledge is retrieved in Do Now quizzes, the more is remembered.

Interrupting the forgetting curve

Examples of Do Now quizzes from Maths, Spanish and History;

Writing expressions to solve equations

Masters of memory

Yr 11 do now

Fully guided instruction: ‘I do’ ⇒ ‘We do’ ⇒ ‘You do’

Following the ‘Do Now’, teachers pitch high in the ‘I do’ phase. This is where teachers introduce the new content clearly with great examples, models and explanations. We pitch it high, often above the most able students in the class, so everyone is challenged.

We follow this with a ‘We Do’ phase that provides support. Here you will see processes deconstructed, lots of questions being asked, students helping the teacher do some more examples, paired talk, and practice with writing frames.

Finally, students practise the new thing they’ve learned independently without support. The ‘arm bands are popped’ - there will be no / minimal support from the teacher. Rather than different levels of task, we strive for everyone doing the same, difficult thing. The support given in the ‘We Do’ phase ensures that all students can perform the ‘you do’ practise successfully, gaining confidence and embedding vital knowledge in long term memory as they do so.

Curriculum Review Cycle

In service of ensuring our ambitious curriculum is implemented as intended, the senior leadership team work throughout the year with subject team leaders to review and evaluate the design, sequencing and common approaches to implementation. This follows a cycle throughout the academic calendar during which the following steps are undertaken:

Curriculum review cycle

If you require any further information about our Curriculum, please contact our Vice Principal, Mr Pearce via email at d.pearce@harrisockendon.org.uk

Reading list

Glossary of terms click here

Best recommended books:

  • The researched guide to The Curriculum (Sealy and Bennett) Amazon link
  • How Learning Happens (Kirschner & Hendrick) Amazon link
  • Making Every Lesson Count (Allison & Tharby) Amazon link
  • The Learning Rainforest (Tom Sherrington) Amazon link
  • Making Good Progress? (Daisy Christodoulou) Amazon link

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