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Year 6 trip to the cinema to celebrate their hard work! 📺 🍿


And we are DONE! 🥳 We couldn’t be more proud of our Year 6. They have worked incredibly hard. Well done each and every one of you!


SATs breakfast in full swing for day 2! Best of luck to our wonderful Year 6 cohort for their reading paper today! 🤩


Watch out O2…HJAC have arrived!! Young Voices are there rehearsing for their performance this evening. 🎤 🎶 Good luck 😄


Thank you for all the support and money raised for our outrageously orange day in aid of It was great to see a sea of orange.


Top table at HJAC today! Joined by Mr Britt for lunch!


Today, Year 4 discovered how Romans changed our homes in history!


Congratulations to HJAC’s Star of the Week. You have all worked extremely hard.


Congratulations to our brilliant year 6 children who took part in Top of the Form this week. We are very proud of you.


Tag us with your Red Nose Day outfits if you share them!


Top Table Thursday! Our wonderful nominees enjoyed their lunch with Mrs Utting yesterday. Keep up the great work 😊


Don’t forgot that today is Red Nose Day and the theme is superheroes! We can’t wait to see all your costumes!


In Y4, the children have been investigating which materials conduct electricity. Check out their circuits. 💡


Gardening club have been busy making tiles to create a collage to display. Can’t wait to see it put together!


Let’s also give a shout out to the ‘Top Table’ this week. They are nominated by adults over the week for showing kindness to others and being helpful around the school.


Congratulations to our stars of the week. They should all be very proud of everything they have achieved. Keep up the great work!


Year 5 have been enjoying making prints in arts this week! They used rollers to apply ink to polystyrene tiles and then made prints using contrasting colours. #hjac


Year 6 have been creating nets to make 3D shapes this week! This has really helped with recognising 3D shapes from their nets and identifying the number of faces, edges and vertices.


Congratulations to our amazing stars of the week. Well done to everyone for their fantastic reading achievements as they are working their way through reading the rainbow.


Just a couple of snaps from World Book Day at HJAC! Another year of fantastic costumes. Can you work out who all the characters are? Look out for some more pictures tomorrow!

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy
At Harris Junior Acaedmy Carshalton, we want our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with to further their geographical understanding. We want children to understand: where they are located within the world as well as within the British Isles, to be able to use a range of tools to understand their location and the landscapes of contrasting environments, to appreciate, describe and have a desire to conserve the differing environments of the world.

Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.

It is a subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:

  • Where is this place?
  • What is it like? (and why?)
  • How and why is it changing?
  • How does this place compare with other places?
  • How and why are places connected?

Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding; providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world. We describe this as ‘thinking geographically’ and explicitly teach this to our pupils through our use of knowledge organisers.

What does geography look like at HJAC?

To ensure this happens, we deliver a geography curriculum that focuses on developing a sense of place that is underpinned by core knowledge of facts, locations and vocabulary. Our curriculum is designed to allow children to build on their geographical knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. Teachers have a clear understanding of the progress of knowledge making reference to past learning and making links with previous knowledge. Our children will access their immediate environment and to gather first-hand experience to enhance their learning and develop a deeper understanding of their local area and to be able to make accurate comparisons with contrasting locations.

At HJAC we have a wonderfully diverse community and we use this to learn about different places around the world.  We encourage all children and families to come in and share information about their culture.  This can be as simple as teaching us how to answer the register with a ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’, or it could involve reading a story in their home language. 

Our curriculum is based around talk and this leads to lots of discussion about the natural world and all its wonders. At HJAC children learn to discuss the features of their immediate environment and talk about why processes and changes happen. We investigate natural materials such as leaves, water and twigs and talk about how they might have got to our classroom.

During their time here, pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Pupils develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Year Group 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 



Map Detectives  



Comparing UK Regions


Life In London

Life in London

Resources and Us

Our Local Environment  



Shake, rattle and Roll (Earthquakes + Volcanoes) Natural Disasters 


Shake, rattle and Roll (Earthquakes + Volcanoes) Natural Disasters

Life in Italy 


Life in Italy


Water on the Land  

Water on the Land



Latitude and Longitude


Global Biomes

Exploring Brazil


Exploring Brazil

Sustainable Living

Our local ecosystem  

Field Study (based on residential)

Field Study (based on residential)

Settling Down

People on the Move

Our school's microclimate



Evidence and Assessment
At HJAC children have the opportunity to record their learning in a variety of ways, which is recorded within their Geography books. Evidence of the learning is dependent on the lesson outcome, year group and the skills and knowledge being developed.  This can be in the form of:  extended writing, photographs of practical activities, use of world maps and local maps to identify features and areas, speech bubble comments on relating the learning. 

Core knowledge of each unit is supported by a knowledge organiser which details the key learning points, vocabulary and key questions. It is our expectation that the knowledge on our organiser is known by all.  

Our teachers rely on a range of assessment tools to provide data on the knowledge and skills pupils have, their progress and their development points.  

This includes: 

  • assessment for learning 
  • challenge tasks 
  • enquiry tasks   
  • standards of learning in books 
  • end of unit questions and quizzing 
  • pupil voice 

Recording of learning in teacher books is used to monitor progress and impact.  Throughout the course of the lesson the class teacher (and support staff where present) will move around the class, offering support/challenge where needed so that each child is receiving direct feedback during the lesson, with notes recorded to monitor understanding and progress.

There will also be a quiz at the end of every unit to assess the knowledge learnt, these tests will be revisited throughout the year to ensure that learning 'sticks'.


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