The ducklings are leaving us today to pastures new with Miss Andy, so other classes have been looking after them before they waddle off🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥


Ship ahoy! Year 5 were all aboard the cutty sark today for a voyage of discovery


We have amazing writers in our Retelling the story of the very hungry caterpillar. 🐛#successforall


Day 8 in the House at We have 5 fluffy friends


Day 7 in the HPAO house. The ducklings are looking very fluffy, they love having a cuddly and are rather playful!


Some of our families are skydiving in June to raise money for expupil Lewis who is currently being treated for leukaemia for the second time. You can sponsor them by following the link. All money goes to our St Andrew’s house charity


Thank you for a slick, well run morning of cross country children and families had a wonderful time.


A team of smiling Year 4 boys who finished an amazing morning of cross country for . Well done to all staff, mums, dads and carers for coming along.


She is the one and only superstar Year 4 girl runner! Woohoo!


A team of 5 Year 3 boys - all from St Andrew’s house! Also thrilled with themselves and their accomplishment.


A team of 6 all smiles. All winners to us. Year 3 girls. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️


The Year 3 girls are off!


Today we have three HPAO ducklings!


Fabulous book character outfits for from Mrs ‘Paddington’ Abey, Mrs ‘Rainbow fish’ Dench and Mr ‘Trunchbull’ Robinson.


HPAO staff yoga session last night to restore and refocus.


The farm visited HPAO today much to Year 1s delight! They got to see calves, lambs, pigs, chickens and goats. They were able to stroke them and even got to feed the little lamb his milk!


Parents enjoyed reading with their children in this morning too.


For today parents came in to read with their children.


We are celebrating today. Wonderful turn out from staff and children! We are celebrating being readers.


The first HPAO ducklings have hatched! “It’s super exciting”

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.


Learning English is given our highest priority at HPAO. The New National Curriculum (September 2014) provides the framework around which the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening is planned.

We provide opportunities for children to view reading as an enjoyable and meaningful activity as well as enabling them to develop their comprehension, inference and thinking skills.

Reading Homework

All children at our school are to read for 10-30 minutes at home every evening. 

English at our Academy

The children at HPAO are creative and motivated writers and are provided with a wide range of opportunities for writing. They are
shown how to structure and present their written work effectively and are taught grammar and spelling as a vital means of enhancing their writing ability.

Teachers assess children‛s writing regularly and children work on achieving specific targets that the teacher has set for them. Speaking and listening are part of an integrated programme of language activities which encourage children to communicate confidently in many different situations and to a range of audiences.

Phonics at our Academy

We believe at Harris Primary Academy Orpington that phonics should be taught in an engaging and systematic way, using a multisensory approach. The Read Write Inc programme enables us to do this. In order to accelerate pupil’s progress we deliver workshops that specifically target parents and carers. This enables them to support their children at home by listening to their children read their home reading book daily, practising reading and spelling of high frequency words.

The Read Write Inc Programme

The Read Write Inc. programmes combine into a complete literacy programme rooted in the new national curriculum for children aged five to eleven. They are designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers.                

Please follow this link to learn more about the read write inc programme.


Year 1 Parent Packs - English

Year 2 Parent Packs - English

Year 3 Parent Packs - English

Year 4 Parent Packs - English

Year 5 Parent Packs - English

Year 6 Parent Packs - English