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19/05/22

Year 13 visit the PwC offices in the heart of London, to gain a valuable insight into working life at one of the biggest firms in the world. Thank you to Nikki, Garvin, Callum and Charles from PwC for making this trip happen. More at https://t.co/R9sYKYVcal https://t.co/g0cq3aLO1I

29/04/22

Nine boys from our Harris Experience programme see behind the scenes at Christie’s Auction House and present their plan for an art gallery called 'Human Creativity'. Great work boys! Full story at https://t.co/zahY8Dfstp https://t.co/H71cQrB3Ic

25/04/22

"The trip to Coventry University gave us a real-life experience on how uni life is. There was a lot to offer, and they have a lot of facilities." Mohiuddin, Year 12. Read about our sixth form tour of with at https://t.co/juaeMclxkt https://t.co/6uSqDFPNWF

13/04/22

Thank you Elizabeth Oladunni of for visiting our school recently and inspiring Year 10 to consider careers in law. They were inspired by her personal journey and we wish Elizabeth continued success in her legal career! https://t.co/Tz5u9orJkT https://t.co/nWG2SNgHUX

12/04/22

“If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. We are not all the same and do not have the same traits.” Read about our events for https://t.co/BZm3R9y97q https://t.co/gD2msaV2mG

23/03/22

Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team. Don't miss out! https://t.co/nR0N5k6m1W

16/03/22

Students had a tour around the Houses of Parliament earlier this week to learn about the importance of democracy and the role of parliament. The trip made links with the Year 8 history curriculum which this term has focused on women's suffrage. https://t.co/OKWomdHHW5 https://t.co/g9RFX0jEr9

15/03/22

Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team. https://t.co/Om4WdyWdjR

03/03/22

Retweetd From Southwark Tigers

Our 5th and penultimate festival of the season today. Cant wait to welcome. Might get muddy!! https://t.co/RY1ODF0GVl

08/02/22

Read what boys wrote about their recent visit to Ironmongers' Hall, where they learned about its , , people and . "An exceptional, exclusive, exciting experience," Syria, Year 9. Read more at https://t.co/cVDnNM2yCx https://t.co/4X4CI91qGO

07/02/22

“I loved how the actors reeled me in. Even our teachers went on stage to play darts," Nihar, Year 8. Read more students review of a brilliant performance of Romeo & Juliet directed by . More reviews at https://t.co/v7dUams0ao https://t.co/jtdmf29TJ0

03/02/22

A nice email to end Thurs🙂 . "I wanted to send an email to commend how well your students behaved on the trip to see Romeo and Juliet at Southwark Playhouse. They were a credit. They sat silently throughout the performance and always were engaged with the show." Very proud!

03/02/22

Retweetd From Harris EdTech

Wonderful demo by on data-driven approaches to teaching https://t.co/JT58UbMjfb

03/02/22

Staff and students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich would like to pass on their profound thanks to for such an informative and valuable session with holocaust survivor Eva Clarke to mark https://t.co/s7O8cygWxP

27/01/22

Ben's 'Fantasy Wings' - diary of an aspiring pilot. Ben, Year 9, is one of our aspiring pilots who we sent off to join the Fantasy Wings programme - eight Saturday workshops to find out more about careers in the aviation industry. Read his diary here https://t.co/x9KdABzKGZ https://t.co/IZGWEyK7rJ

26/01/22

Year 10 were really inspired by their time with Oxford today and look forward to finding out more about life at an Oxbridge college. A big thank you to . https://t.co/MopG8gqXkp

26/01/22

Our Year 10 boys loved their time with today. Thank you! https://t.co/e4gqXZKGVO

26/01/22

Our coach from was pleased to see 23 boys attend his session last week, with many boys going on to play with the Tigers at the weekend. Find out more about our clubs including , and at https://t.co/X3Hagqr669 https://t.co/Gxuo5X1dif

26/01/22

Retweetd From Superintendent Dan Ivey

Great to have such a positive relationship with our schools across & and in this case, with https://t.co/TpjZ3NJPLz

26/01/22

Every student at Harris Dulwich Boys has now attended a session run by The Nest. Located on Rye Lane in , The Nest from offers confidential counselling and support. Find out more at https://t.co/Iio9g8wQ80 https://t.co/7fjYPtgRRz

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Homework

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners. This page explains why homework matters and how we are setting homework this year.

Click HERE to view and download our Knowledge Organisers for 2021-22.


Why homework matters - five key reasons

As the world of education changes, homework is more important than ever. So, what are the five most important reasons homework is important in modern education?

  1. As GCSE courses now place a greater emphasis on end of course exams, it is essential pupils become independent learners at as early an age as possible.
  2. With the emergence of the internet, information is more readily available than any other time in history. Relevant, investigative, homework tasks inspire pupils to explore this wealth of information for themselves.
  3. Independent study teaches important life skills. Only by working without the support of teachers can pupils learn how to self-manage and find answers for themselves.
  4. It's not the work completed in class that will ultimately decide pupils’ GCSE results. It’s the hours spent at home or in the library honing the knowledge and skills required for success.
  5. Homework can be fun - an opportunity for parents and other adults to take an active interest in what their child is doing.

What will homework look like?

2 615Homework will now be given three times over each half term, for every subject.

Each piece of homework will be accessible via Microsoft Teams with links to each task. All students will have access to Microsoft Teams using their school log in details. For more support on how to log in to MS Teams please see our Remote Learning Resources page.

Each half term, homework will be set for all subjects following the same format.

Homework Task 1: Prior Learning

Students will complete a task to cement their prior knowledge within each subject. Students will be given tasks that will be created to look at topics, lessons from previous weeks, terms and years to ensure key information is still being retained.

Homework Task 2: Current Learning

Students will have a focus on current topics within each subject area and will be provided with a task that will show understanding of current knowledge and embed this learning further.

Homework Task 3: Future Learning

The final task for each half term will consist of a new learning that will focus on future topics within each subject area. Students may be provided with reading material, research tasks or support resources to enable them to complete the third task.

Stretch and Challenge Project: One per half term

Each subject area will also be providing a Stretch and Challenge Project for each half term. This will incorporate all learned materials from the half term allowing students to apply their learning within a larger independent task. This is aimed at challenging students' independence and learning initiative within different subject areas. This task is not a mandatory homework but one, if completed, will support the students' learning and understanding within that subject area.


Knowledge organisers

Each half term students will be provided with a Knowledge Organiser for each subject to use in their books in lessons as well as being posted to MS Teams.

A Knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information and subject specific (disciplinary) vocabulary that students need to be able to recall in order to master a unit or topic. The Knowledge Organiser also contains the homework tasks outlined above.

Typically, an organiser fits onto one page of A4 or A3 – this helps students to visualise the layout of the page which in turn helps them to memorise the information better. The Knowledge Organiser creates a shared understanding between home and school of the key knowledge and homework tasks for each subject per half term

Click HERE to view and download our Knowledge Organisers for 2021-22.


Intent: Why do we use knowledge organisers?

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The intention behind using Knowledge organisers is:

  • to support retrieval practice
  • to support explicit teaching of disciplinary language 
  • to emphasise homework as part of the learning process
  • to support a shared dialogue of learning between teacher, student and home.

GCSEs and BTECs are becoming increasingly challenging. Most subjects have lost their controlled assessments (previously known as coursework) and these have been replaced with additional exam papers. The focus of these exams is the retrieval and application of knowledge. This puts increasing pressure on students to know and retain even more information for longer.

Our short-term memory is designed to be just that and has limited capacity. Pupils find themselves unable to retain the information, they become stressed and often give up, convincing themselves they are no good at revising or that they “can’t do subject ‘x’ ”.

The secret to success is to regularly revisit the knowledge to be learned (known as ‘spaced retrieval’). This helps transfer the knowledge from the short-term memory to the long-term memory. This not only helps to make ‘stick’ but it also frees up our short-term memory for day-to-day learning and experiences.


Implementation and impact: How will a knowledge organiser help my child?

Knowledge organisers will be made available at the start of each half term to help students remember what they’re learning and to help them to understand the bigger learning journey in their subjects. Instead of forgetting previous learning, pupils continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their long-term memories making it easily accessible when needed.


How will a knowledge organiser help me to help my child?

Many of you ask us how you can help to support your children at home. Some of you are worried that you don’t have all of the subject-specific knowledge to be able to help your children. Some of you worry how to check that your children have done their homework and revision. The knowledge organisers will help you to do this easily.


How will I know when homework is due?

Whilst the knowledge organisers contain the three homework tasks, they do not include set and due dates. This information can be found on MS Teams. This allows students to take responsibility for their learning and also allows the teacher flexibility in setting the homework at the most appropriate point in the students' learning.  

Teachers will set regular retrieval homework for students from their knowledge organisers and at the start of lessons, the “Do Now” activity will test students’ ability to recall this powerful knowledge. In addition to this, three homework tasks are detailed on the knowledge organiser, these are:

  1. A review task based on prior learning
  2. A consolidation task, based on current learning
  3. A research task based on future learning

These homework tasks should be challenging, yet accessible. Teachers should take time in class to explain the homework clearly. Tasks which enable students to simply download material from the internet should be avoided. Students should complete all homework in their exercise books, not on loose pieces of paper.

Above and beyond the task outlines above, we would recommend that pupils spend thirty minutes per evening in Key Stage 3 and an hour in Key Stage 4 learning the knowledge detailed in the organiser.


2 609Strategies to support your son/ward with homework

  • Read through the organiser with your son/ward – if you don’t understand the content then ask them to explain it to you – ‘teaching’ you helps them to reinforce their learning.
  • Try converting the information into a mind map or make your own version using clip art imagery if the organiser contains a lot of text. Display on the wall or the fridge door until the memory ‘sticks’.
  • Test them regularly on the spellings of key words until they are perfect. Make a note of the ones they get wrong – is there a pattern to the spelling of those words?
  • Get them to make a glossary (list) of key words with definitions or a list of formulae.
  • Try recording the knowledge from the organiser as an mp3 sound file that your child can listen to. Some pupils retain more information this way.
  • Read sections out to them, missing out key words or phrases that they have to fill in. Miss out more and more until they are word perfect.
  • Once they are word perfect and can remember all of the knowledge on the organiser, use the internet or a book to find out more or ask the teacher for some (more) exam questions.

Accessing online homework

The following guides will help you access homework that is set online:

For Spanish homework, all students have being issued with their detailed log in to https://www.vocabexpress.com including their username. The password is: spanish. The school code is: UKHBAED. Use Google Chrome and click preview new version (at the top in green).


Homework portfolio

Click HERE to view our homework portfolio, with examples of the kind of homework we set.