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14/12/21

Shammah-Michael, Year 9, has won our competition for his 'Gear 4', a cracking work of strong narrative pace and purpose, making good use of his knowledge of classic titles. Great work! Read Gear 4 at https://t.co/5ZVCybwVec https://t.co/oi7jrG4JAr

14/12/21

Forty boys from Year 7 were highlighted in their reports as showing an excellent attitude to learning. These boys were rewarded with a celebratory Principal's Breakfast with Mr Groves today. A fantastic start to their education at HBAED! https://t.co/P4phiocKa9

29/11/21

The University of Kent today explored with our Sixth Formers the benefits of going to university. Students learned about single honours and joint honours, and the academic, social and career benefits of attending university. Thank you to for coming along! https://t.co/hVIgN6WcNG

29/11/21

Riot Act visited to perform a safety presentation to some of our Year 7 students recently. The boys greatly enjoyed the theatrical performance and learnt all about how to navigate the city safely and securely. Big thanks to for coming along! https://t.co/ibRQjRpgrz

25/11/21

Watch a film about how out students got to design a pavilion for COP26. The pavilion was designed by the boys following a two-day workshop at Grimshaw Architects and shows a deconstructed dome pulled apart by the symbolic hands of humanity. https://t.co/b8EqeQSrcD

25/11/21

A big thank you to the inspiring Ernest Boadu of for visiting and speaking to our Sixth Formers about their future pathways. “He is a role model who we can look up to and relate with from his experiences." Rohan, Year 13 https://t.co/2ymZIEWV92 https://t.co/sHXvCDGRzX

24/11/21

Our recent Awareness Event has really helped increase understanding of ADHD around our school. Read more at https://t.co/jdazV0Ks0f https://t.co/VzV4XgfoYX

15/11/21

We're very proud of our students who designed a pavilion for COP26. Seeing how our curriculum has real-world impact and relevance is incredibly inspiring for students. https://t.co/lu4C5av5uT

15/11/21

Adam receives our first Bronze Badge of the year from Mr Cooper, for the number of Harris Points he has earned. There will lots more Bronze Badges awarded this year but Adam is the first. Well done! https://t.co/sy8T6DbjdA

15/11/21

Alassane, Adam, Syria, Getty, Gethin, J’Dore and Max pictured with Mr Ingham. Each week students are nominated by tutors for 'doing the right thing all the time' that week and receive a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Great work! https://t.co/a9xGHa2Cqo

10/11/21

Thank you to local entrepreneurs Erenti and SK for coming in to inspire our Year 11s. The boys learned about the two entrepreneurs' journeys to success and about what's involved in running a business. https://t.co/66slJgIZyK https://t.co/io8yiGqo2P

08/11/21

Each week we nominate boys for 'doing the right thing' that week. Winners get a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Mr Ingham celebrates with our latest winners - Altana, Jeremiah, Prajenthan, Theo, Austin, Adam, Denzel, David and Abdulahi https://t.co/POB8wI3f2W https://t.co/SiDk8HVPUa

04/11/21

Very proud of our boys who won prizes in the Sam King Windrush Awards, which invited children to write short stories about the men and women who travelled on the MV Empire Windrush in 1948. Well done Nate and David! Details and winning stories at https://t.co/hGoBae0z6R https://t.co/InQtt6VPJj

04/11/21

Well done and good luck in the next round! We look foward to meeting again! https://t.co/MJkjKW6R5V

01/11/21

We're very proud of our students who helped to design this pavilion for , built by and , and showing the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome. More at https://t.co/nNtWS1ZA2E https://t.co/fZDEW81vCw

26/10/21

A pavilion designed by students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich is being built for . Designed in a project with and , the design shows the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome, showing our impact on the planet. More at https://t.co/PJe6JeIhk9 https://t.co/nOHNsdlIJB

15/10/21

Year 11 - looking for past papers and other revision resources, in preparation for the mock exams after the holdiday? Find them all at https://t.co/ExPfzZeoNn

14/10/21

Boys in Years 7-9 were honoured today at a Principal's Breakfast for coming in the top 40 for both 'Attitude to Learning' and 'Attainment' in the summer assessments. Great work everyone! https://t.co/Rti12Vg13u https://t.co/zK8mPo9lts

14/10/21

Black history is everyone's history. This month we are marking and adding extra events to the many already integrated within our curriculum, celebrating Black history. Read more https://t.co/X8v7x7pCN7 https://t.co/OXJkNlvR6O

07/10/21

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Huge thanks to for the "So you want to be a game designer" talk today & to the for organising it. It was a pleasure to see engagement levels of pupils at as well as those at , &more https://t.co/pBgqtOQjZt

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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.