Babouska Yrs 3 & 4 Wonderful voices 🎼


we are at Peckham Theatre


Thanks to everyone who helped or came to our outdoor Winter Fayre 💕 including


Merry Christmas from everyone


Children in EYFS making poppies for Day


Parent Council and parent helpers meeting to organise our Winter Fair ❄️


Year 1,2 and 3 parent share celebrating Black History




Years 4, 5 and 6 parent share. We invited parents in to celebrate our work on Black History


The Great Barings Bake off. Some of our pupils were on the judging panel!


Y2 welcomed a Lady in Waiting from the court of Henry VIII to HFSP! We learned a traditional court dance, acted out the Tudor monarch family tree and recited a poem about Henry’s 6 wives!


Y2 were thrilled to have a visit from Y5 today. They shared some of the books they had brought back from a recent visit to Peckham Library and the Y5 pupils did a great job showing them how to read with fluency and expression!


Year 5 trip to Greenwich London Observatory!


Talking to us about the history of the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park


Year 6 PSHE working on team work and Whole Body Listening


⁩ 'Feeling in the blue zone today because i'm cold'


Phonics workshop for our families in Peckham


Our first coffee morning for parents! How to support your children with early reading

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English (Writing)

Aims of the Curriculum

At Harris Peckham, we believe that a quality English Curriculum should be one that is knowledge-led, inspires ambition and provides meaningful contexts for speaking, writing and reading. In every year group, our English curriculum is underpinned by quality children’s literature.

We believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school.

We aim to use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text. We also believe that a significant proportion of the books we choose should be books that represent a diverse and inclusive community. We want our books to celebrate the achievements of underrepresented voices and to challenge stereotypes around gender, race, relationships and religion.

Implementation and Delivery

By placing books at the core, we are allowing teachers to use the text as the context for the requirements of the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that:

‘This guidance is not intended to constrain or restrict teachers’ creativity, simply to provide the structure on which they can construct exciting lessons.’

This would suggest that a context for learning is vital – and this is where our chosen approach can support teachers with ensuring that objectives for reading and writing, including those for grammar can have purpose.

We will always aim for our writing opportunities to be meaningful; whether short, long and extended so that the audience is clear. Books offer this opportunity: our final aim would be that that children have real reasons to write, whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct and that where possible, this can be embedded within text or linked to a curriculum area. Writing in role using a range of genres is key to our approach as is writing a critique of the text and making comparisons – all writing skills that will support children in preparation for their time in secondary school. In addition, both spellings and handwriting are explicitly taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  Children across the whole school are then provided with daily opportunities to apply this in their writing, to embed new learning. This sits comfortably alongside the following statement from the English national curriculum:

‘The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.’

Resourcing and Coverage

We have mapped the coverage of the entire English Programme of Study for KS1 and KS2, as well as meeting the needs of the statutory (March 2017) Early Years Framework. In many cases objectives are covered more than once and children have opportunities to apply these several times over the course of a year, as well as to consolidate prior knowledge from previous years. We believe strongly that children should be secure in applying the skills of curriculum 2014 within their writing and their reading and that this approach is fully comprehensive. Where needed, planning sequences are adapted, personalised and differentiated by the school to ensure all access arrangements can be made to support children with the requirements.

Books in our Provision that Reflect Inclusion, Diversity and Equality




Year Group

Astro Girl

Astrid has always loved the stars and space. "I want to be an astronaut!" she says. While Mama is away, Papa and Astrid have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces.


Year 1

Billy and the Beast

It's still all too unusual to see a brown girl star in such a brilliantly funny and very commercial picture book and Shireen has created Billy in fantastic style. She's a very modern heroine, quick-thinking, courageous and resourceful with a stash of handy props in her truly excellent big hair.


Year 1



Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter . . .this story highlights the importance of being kind to those who are different.


Year 1

The Odd Egg



All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. He wants a baby all of his own. This story shows how families can come in different shapes and sizes.


Year 1

Julian is a Mermaid



While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes - and even more importantly - what will she think about how Julian sees himself?


Year 1

You and Me

A modern retelling of Goldilocks where Antony Brown explores different kinds of families and class.


Year 2

Just the One Bear



A sequel to Goldilocks and the three bears. This time Baby Bear is lost in the city and encounters a grown-up and successful Goldilocks.



Year 2



Year Group

If All the World Were…


A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and how she copes when he’s gone.


Year 2

Ocean Meets Sky




From the creators of The Night Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about... the spot where the ocean meets the sky. The story suggests the boy is from a single parent family. The family have Chinese heritage.


Year 2


Rosie Revere, Engineer



Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. 


Year 2

Cloud Tea Monkeys

Tashi lives in a tiny village below the tea plantations where her mother earns a living. One day her mother falls ill, and Tashi must pick tea to earn the money for a doctor. 


Year 3

Cinderella of the Nile

A retelling of the classic story but set in Egypt. 

Year 3

How to Live Forever



Illustrations are inspired by Chinese aesthetics and design

Year 3

Tar Beach



Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African American culture


Year 4


In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. 


Year 4

The Matchbox Diaries




The story of Italian immigrants to New York

Year 4

Robot Girl




A futuristic drama full of suspense from the UK Children's Laureate 2013-2015. Claire is keen to find out what her dad has been working on in his lab. But the big reveal isn't at all what she expected and now Claire has a dilemma on her hands - what do you do when your dad has created a monster...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+


Year 5



Year Group

Hidden Figures


In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.


Year 5

The Lost Thing



Shaun Tan creates intricate collages filled with whimsical images, bright colors, and meaningful prose. He invites his readers to look at the world in a different way.


Year 5



A story about the history of slavery in America and the Underground Railroad



Year 5

The Sleeper and the Spindle


This wonderful book inverts gender stereotypes in traditional story telling

Year 5

Anne Frank

Anne Frank's diary telling the story of her years in hiding from the Nazis has affected millions of people. But what was she like as a small girl, at home with her family and friends; at play and at school?


Year 5

High Rise Mysteries

Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there's been a murder in The Tri: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and unlimited time - until the end of the summer holidays anyway.

The first whodunnit in a new mystery series by Sharna Jackson.

Year 5

The Arrival

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.


Year 6

The Unforgotten Coat

Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and his family were forced to return to Mongolia.

Year 6



Year Group

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality



An exquisitely illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement, created by the New York Times-bestselling David Roberts and introduced by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne.


Year 6

Some Places More than Others




All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City - Harlem. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family - and herself - in a new way.


Year 6

A Beautiful Life



An extraordinarily rich debut novel, set in India in 1947 at the time of Partition. Although the backdrop is this key event in Indian history, the novel is even more far-reaching, touching on the importance of tolerance, love and family. 


Year 6