Miss Kirby has created an amazing Gingerbread Man shadow puppet show!!


Mrs Lone and Ms Fish have made a video to show you what school is going to be like when we re-open. Things are going to look different, but if you are coming back to school, we don't want you to be scared or worried.


We ❤️ receiving pictures of you all hard at work on your home learning! Please do send in your pictures, whether you are working like this young man here, or doing fun activities in your garden, so we can share them in this week's Newsletter!


Making the most of the breezy weather with handmade kites!


Thanks to the awesome pupils who provide such amazing material for our feed, we now have 500 followers!!! 🎉🥳


Our key worker children (two sibling groups today!) have had a great day making VE Day bunting and learning to write messages in Morse Code!


A ferocious lion has been discovered in HPAO’s playground! 🦁


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Conrad the Year 4 Lewis archaeologist. He found an ancient lost plaque from the Benin Kingdom, it's of the Oba!!!!


Fantastic work, Conrad - or should we call you Indiana Jones?!


Not to be outdone, sister Lola has also appeared on ITV today! Well done, Lola


A huge well done to Spike in Year 1, who had his artwork shown on ITV "Kids Create" yesterday, just before Judge Rinder! Congratulations, Spike - you can give us your autograph when you come back to school 🙂


In the first HPAO Socially-Distanced Cricket Tournament, Mr Court has just been bowled out for 0 by a Year 3 dynamo. (Miss Melhuish hit 2 sixes 💪💪). A gorgeous day for a game outside with our keyworker children


Mrs Lone's Monday Message is now live!


Year 4 are on a roll this week, look at this wonderful bird table made by this clever lad - we are very impressed!


These siblings from our Year 1 and 4 classes have created this amazing video showing the wildlife that can be found in their back garden. Thank you for sharing!


An important message regarding E-safety


Mrs Lone's Monday Message (2) via


More lovely ladybirds on this sunny spring Friday.


When we uploaded the EYFS "The Bad Tempered Ladybird" to our website this weekend, we were very excited about the prospect of a week of ladybirds flying into our school inbox. Here's a fab one from Jack!


This gorgeous picture has brightened up our inbox today.

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Physical Education and Sport

At Harris Primary Academy Orpington we believe that Physical Education will make a very important contribution to a child’s development by fostering positive attitudes towards sharing, co-operation and competition.

We aim to develop pupil’s self confidence and self-esteem through a wide variety of experiences both in curriculum time and competition in and out of school.

In both Key Stage 1 and 2 children are taught Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Invasion games (multi-sports at KS1) and Swimming. These form the core activities of the PE Curriculum.

We extra-curricular sporting activities across both key stages, dependent upon the time of year, including Football, Rugby, Cross-Country, Boxing, Multi Sports, Dance and Athletics.

The school competes in many borough competitions as well as federation competitions. We have many fantastic teams as well as sporting talent across the Academy.

This year we aim to use the Sports Grant to improve access to high quality PE and Sports by providing professional development to our staff, by helping our gifted and talented students in PE as well as setting up more sports clubs.

All physical education experiences are intended to meet all abilities and offer stimulating and challenging learning. We also aim to promote the values of exercise & enthusiasm for physical activities and to promote a lifelong interest in physical education as a whole.


The statutory requirement is that pupils receive a term of swimming lessons during their time at primary school.  At Harris Primary Academy Orpington, we provide two terms of swimming tuition, which take place in Year 3 and Year 5. 

76% of our current Year 6 pupils (45 out of 59 pupils) are able to swim 25 metres using a variety of strokes (data correct as at September 2018).

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