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Learning at HGAED
How will LEARNING be at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich compared to what I have experienced at Primary School?
On this page you can find out more about how the school day and learning will be structured. There is an example of a Year 7 timetable and a brief outline of how classes are structured. And we've also included some summer projects that you can complete over the holidays.
Subjects you will study in Year 7
Can you match up the subjects to the icons below?
- Maths (4 hours)
- English (4 hours)
- Science (4 hours)
- Geography (2 hours)
- History (2 hours)
- Religious Studies (1 hour)
- Spanish/French (2 hours)
- Art (1 hour)
- Music (1 hour)
- Drama (1 hour)
- Design and Technology (1 hour)
- Computer Science (1 hour)
- Sports and Fitness (1 hour)
Maya, Year 7, on what it's like to learn at HGAED
Hi I’m Maya, I’m a Year 7 student going into Year 8, and I’d just like to let you know a bit about learning at HGAED.
For me, one of the main differences between learning in primary and secondary is, in my primary school we didn’t do in-depth learning about Geography, History, French and other individual subjects. Through going to secondary school I’ve had an opportunity to really engage with new subjects and explore new topics in detail.
When I first joined Harris I found it a bit difficult to remember where the classrooms were located for the different subjects, but all the staff are really helpful and understand if you’re a little bit late because you couldn’t find the room. There are always students and adults happy to help guide you around. Personally I really enjoy switching from class to class and getting taught by different teachers because each one has different teaching style which makes the day more varied, and each classroom has resources special to that subject.
For me, the homework was quite different from primary school, and although there is more, it’s more interesting and I enjoy doing most of it. For example, I got to make a project about my favourite place in the world for Geography and I loved learning new things about it.
My favourite subjects are Geography and PE. I like PE because I’m a very active person and in our lessons we get to move around a lot and explore different types of sport. Sometimes we get to go to the courts outside! I enjoy Geography because it doesn’t just cover rivers and maps, we learn about social, economic, environmental and human geography too. I also find that the tasks in Geography lessons really fun to do and very engaging.
If I ever find myself needing help with my learning, I know that I can always put my hand up to ask the teachers and they will give me guidance, or discuss things with my friends and they can help me understand.
Maya, Year 7
How learning is structured
Each week you will have 25 lessons.
You should expect to do around an hour of homework each evening. Different subjects will set homework on different days and you’ll know the schedule of this in September so that you can organise your week.
In Year 7 you will be in a mixed class with students with different strengths and from a whole range of primary schools. You will be in the same class for ALL your subjects. Your class may change later in Year 7 and then in Year 8 and 9 depending on how you do in these subjects.
This is the 30 minutes each day you spend with your coach and coaching group. This group is DIFFERENT to your subject classes, but it doesn’t change. You’ll be part of this coaching group all the way to the end of your time at HGAED! You’ll get to know your coaching group really well and in these 30 minutes sessions each week you will do Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), assemblies, reading and have the chance to discuss any general questions/concerns with your coach.
Summer 2020 taster tasks
Our Summer 2020 taster tasks are designed to help Year 7 students be well-prepared for studying a range of subjects at secondary school. The idea is that each student will pick ONE project that they are interested in and complete this over the Summer holiday (although they can do more if they want!).
Here are just six of the many projects you can choose from:
- Design your own dream bedroom using a range of mathematical skills
- Explore and write about Greek myths
- Produce a brochure for a future space holiday
- Using a different sense (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell), explore the world and record in some way what you experience
- Write a song about ‘UNITY’ - living together as ONE
- Create a computer game idea that you wish to put on the market (online and retail stores).