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Everyone looks forward to the summer holidays, but after a couple of weeks most of us start to get bored. So, we’ve set you some challenges to keep your brain ticking over, and win loads of Harris Points! 🏆Have a go at them here➡️


A truly big THANK YOU to all our students, parents and staff for your support over the past few months. Have a great summer and see you all again in Sept!🙂. Signing off with our special showcase video!


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This is a really cool tree👍🙂, it is great to see the students valuing the positives experienced in this tough time and appreciate such things .


Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I am thankful for my friends and family who cheer me up when things go wrong." "I am thankful that everyone has been kind and supported me while learning at home."


Messages from our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. "I can spend more time with my dad. It's very fun. We have intelligent debates." "For having the confidence to talk about my feelings." "For my family since we are spending more time with them."


This is our HBAED Tree of Appreciation. We asked students in Years 7-9 students to say what they were for as part of their lessons. We thought you'd like to see some of their messages. "I am grateful that my family has come closer together during lockdown."


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have kindly supplied Another 2 weeks worth of breakfasts thanks to funding from their charity. 234 Students families are coming in to collect breakfast bags with beans wheatabix bread fruit & milk Big thanks to & our Safer Schools Police Officers for packing


Parents/carers... you can now download "Raising Little Allies-To-Be: An Incomplete Guide" from our resources page. A beautiful resource to explore and with children. Download it at


You can now download a resource pack on from our resources page. Includes a list of books, films, TV shows, articles, videos and podcasts to help get you educated. Download at


Ms George says: "I can read Margaret Atwood’s writing time and time again. One of the reasons I wanted to study Literature at A-Level is so I could explore The Handmaid’s Tale and I’m so glad I did! Her writing is absorbing and still (sadly) politically relevant


Welcome meeting for our new Year 7s. You can now watch a recording of the full session, including Q&A.


Summer's Not Cancelled is an online summer programme to help young people aged 16-25 in develop their and skills. Find out more and sign up at


Can you spare 16 hours over July and August? Will you donate them to a project in this area? Sign up for the "One Million Hours" programme and find out about volunteering opportunities near you this summer.


FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer.


Aged 15-19? You can apply for Words for Work, a virtual internship programme from . Complete a large scale creative project, take part in employability training, receive 1:1 mentoring, and creative masterclasses led by industry experts.


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Looking for summer activities? Find out more about this 'Summer of Food and Fun' programme for children and families in and .


How will your son travel to school in Sept? In light of government advice, we want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing this one-minute travel survey by Weds 15 July. Thank you.


This week's competition - What have you enjoyed during lockdown? Send us a review of one film or a selection of different ones that have helped you through lockdown - and if they are linked to a book that you have read, even better! Details


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Southwark Libraries have some great events, videos and fun activities for young people as part of their . Big thanks to our for everything they are doing for young people in .


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Massive to & for arranging a today ❤️ These bags were used as a top up for our neighbours in need, already receiving freshly prepared meals. We are so pleased to pass on the parcels from to

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Our curriculum intent in Science is to ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to answer scientific questions about the world around them. In the process this should fuel curiosity and promote independence when understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

We equip students with the necessary skillset and knowledge to understand life processes and the world around them. This bigger picture understanding helps to give them the Master Key in Science, which underpins the whole workings of the world and is therefore the Master Key in life.

For more information on the Science Curriculum please contact Associate Assistant Principal Daniel Azer:

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Curriculum details

Download the Science Long Term Curriculum Plan for Years 7-11. An overview of the curriculum is shown below.


Science curriculum journey

Click on the image to open a pdf version.

Subject Learning Journey Science

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 at Harris Boys’ takes place over years 7, 8 and 9. Our vision for Science at Harris Boys is to ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

In the process, this should fuel curiosity and promote independence when understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Our curriculum in Key Stage 3 aims to give students a strong foundation of the basics of science, giving them the opportunity to build on their knowledge by revisiting topics in more depth each year.

This builds our students’ confidence in being able to think and like a scientist and allows them to access and understand a wealth of information they can apply to the world around them.

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Year 7 Science

The curriculum begins by looking at the basics of science such as cells, atoms and forces and builds on these over time so that students are able to understand more complex topics such as reproduction and acids and alkalis.

This allows students to build links to topics learnt at the start of the year and apply prior knowledge to new contexts. The content is included because it allows students to access information about themselves, and about the world around them.

Some students may not have experienced our subject at their primary school, so will come to us with very little knowledge in science. This is why it's important to include topics such as movement, human reproduction, universe and earth structure for students to grasp that science is applicable to their everyday lives and foster an interest in science so they may go on to make informed decisions about the world around them.

It also develops their skills because students will be working like scientists from Year 7. They will be able to plan investigations that allow them to draw valid conclusions from data they have collected and will be able to critically reflect upon their own conclusions to make an informed decision, using what they have learnt in lessons.

The following topics are taught in Year 7

  • Lab Safety
  • Movement
  • Particles
  • Gravity
  • Cells
  • Speed
  • Light
  • Elements
  • Variation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Human Reproduction
  • Sound
  • Energy
  • Current
  • Earth’s Structure

Year 8 Science

Our Year 8 curriculum builds on the knowledge learnt in Year 7 and introduces new concepts such as magnetism and chemical reactions and applies them to a wider context. 

The content is included because it allows students to learn about topics contextually important to them, for example health and human reproduction. We have also chosen topics that take into consideration the wider interests of students, such as space physics. Other topics, such as the atmosphere, are particularly important for students growing up in society today, especially in a city rife with pollution. 

It develops the skills because it provides a wide range of activities that allow students to access a wealth of knowledge and information. This allows students over the course of Year 8 to come to their own informed decisions about topics such as health, and construct their own explanations of abstract topics using prior knowledge from Year 7.

The following topics are taught in Year 8:

  • Energy transfers
  • Periodic Table
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Breathing
  • Digestion
  • Forces
  • Pressure
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Work
  • Chemical Energy
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnets

Year 9 Science

The curriculum begins by addressing any misconceptions students have from Year 7 and Year 8. These topics have been drawn from the question level analysis of the end of Year 7 and 8 assessments for this cohort of students so that misconceptions are addressed and any knowledge/skills gaps closed before students commence the Year 9 curriculum.

The curriculum begins by looking at the basics of science such as cells and atoms, before moving on to more complex topics such as the periodic table and chemical bonding. For example, students will need to know about the structure and development of an atom before they can understand electronic structure of elements which is taught during the periodic table topic in Term 2B.

The content is included because it will allow students to develop curiosity about the natural world, give them insight into working scientifically, and it will help them appreciate the relevance of science to their everyday lives. It will also allow students to deepen their understanding of the key five concepts in Science (Cells, Energy, Interdependence, Forces and Particles) before they become increasingly specialised topics at Key Stage 4. It will develop scientific thinking, improve experimental skills and strategies, encourage data to be analysed and evaluated and develop the use of scientific vocabulary throughout.

The following topics are taught in year 9:

  • Waves
  • Speed and Acceleration
  • Electricity
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Energetics
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Diffusion and Osmosis
  • Density and Changing States
  • The Circulatory System
  • Radioactivity

Key Stage 4

Details will be added soon.


Year 7, 8 and 9 homework

For our Key Stage 3 students, all homework will be set on Homework is set every other week, and will be set on both current and previous topics that students are learning. Please download a document about how to use Educake.

Year 10 and 11 homework

For our key stage four students, all homework will be set using Microsoft Teams. Homework is set every other week, and each homework will focus on one of the three sciences. Your son/ward can access Microsoft Teams using their school email address and password.

Extra-curricular science

Science club 1Extra-curricular science at HBAED aims to enrich and support the learning that has taken place in the classroom as well as sparking curiosity for the world around us.

By linking Science Club directly to the curriculum, students can investigate familiar topics in greater depths. We try to cover a wide range of activities to develop skills in science, engineering and technology.

Students have designed ‘robotic’ arms that used similar mechanisms to some prosthetic limbs linking directly to their studies of the human body. Similarly, students have investigated distance, speed and time by exploring the different designs of paper Image 2airplanes and carry out experiments to discover how the design will influence the plane's ability to fly.

Science Club allows students to consider the uses and implication of science in our everyday lives today and in the future.

Some examples of experiments students have carried out:

  • Making robotic arms
  • Heart dissections
  • Making plastic from starch
  • Catapults
  • Elephant Toothpaste
  • Homopolar Motors

Revision resources

Other helpful resources


YouTube Channels

  • Veritasseum
  • VSauce
  • ASAPScience
  • SLowmo guys
  • Mythbusters
  • SciShow
  • CrashCourse
  • KhanAcademy
  • MinutePhysics
  • Periodic videos
  • TED-Ed
  • Mental Floss
  • MyGCSE Science (subscription required for Additional/Further Additional Science content)

Good Books

  • A Short History of Almost Everything, Bill Bryson
  • The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre
  • Science, The Definitive Visual Guide
  • Question Everything

Places to go in the holidays or at the weekends

Other resources

BBC Radio 4 Podcasts

  • In our time
  • BBC Inside Science
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage

Magazines (many back issues available to borrow from the science office)

  • New Scientist
  • BBC Focus
  • How things Work

Monthly Public Astronomy Meetings

Royal Institution


Whether you end up studying A-level biology, chemistry or physics, a degree in science or go straight into the workplace at the age of 16, you’re likely to use your science knowledge regularly.

Attributes developed during science lessons

Analytical skills – The ability to analyse and critically evaluate information is an essential skill that can be applied to every role, be it in a scientific career or elsewhere.

Communication – Good verbal and written communication skills are essential in order to deliver and understand information quickly and accurately. It is a life skill that is vital both in and out of the workplace.

Teamwork – Regardless of the career path you choose, you will be required to work well as part of a team. Working together on experiments and to complete written work means you will be well prepared for later life.

Predicting – Being able to call upon previous observations and experiences to predict the outcome of a new situation is a skill you’ll be required to use day-to-day in every career.

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and materials technology to healthcare.

In this role, you'll research, design and develop medical products, such as joint replacements or robotic surgical instruments, design or modify equipment for clients with special needs in a rehabilitation setting or manage the use of clinical equipment in hospitals and the community.

Crime Scene Investigator

As a crime scene investigator, you'll be involved in securing and protecting crime scenes, and collecting evidence from crime scenes, post-mortems and other incidents, such as fires and suspicious deaths.

You'll also be responsible for processing and categorising evidence, so that it can be used in criminal investigations. This might include gathering photographic evidence or physical samples from the scene, such as weapons, fingerprints, clothing or biological evidence.

Sport Therapist

Sports therapists use a range of techniques and modalities to make sure people involved in sport and exercise are training and competing safely.

You'll provide an immediate response when sport and exercise-related injuries occur and will rehabilitate the patient back to full fitness. You'll also provide advice and support to help prevent injuries from happening in the first place.

Marine Biologist

Marine biology is the study of all aspects of life in the sea and the environment on which it depends. This includes marine plants, animals and other organisms, both vertebrate and invertebrate, in deep oceans, shallow seas and the laboratory. The main aims of marine biology are to improve understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances.

Marine biology is a broad-ranging career. You could go into field work, academic research, laboratory work, consulting, charity, outreach or policy making.