Thanks to all the staff and students for helping us raise over £70 for


Look... we've got our in the foyer at lunchtime from today until 21 March - to celebrate Book Fair Week. Over 200 of the newest and best books for secondary students, from over sixty publishers. Starting at £2.99 ? Come along!


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Best of luck to everyone who is taking part in the March Maths Challenge this week. Don't forget there are bonus points tomorrow to celebrate . Send us your pics having fun so we can RT


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A new online service is available to 11-19-year olds across and south east London, offering free, anonymous and emotional well-being support. Visit for details.


We've now got our own 'Literary Canon' to promote a love of - 100 fantastic books we're encouraging students to read before they leave school. With 3 brand new copies of each one now in the school . Find out more


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KS3 have made a serious dent in their HGA Canon bookshelves...


This week's primary newsletter is out now, with loads of pics from our fabulous World Book Day celebrations yesterday. Read or download now at


was a huge success with characters from all realms descending on the academy! What a fantastic day!


Frantically filling in the ! Who’s going to win?!!


Queues outside the library at lunchtime for the launch of the HGA Literary Canon! Hope you’re ready


🏉Tag-rugby update: the finals went to extra time where HGA faught valiantly but lost 2-1. Well done children and coach. See you soon!🏉


🏉Tag-rugby: your children have made it to the finals! ETA around 6.15pm. Apologies to those having to wait- do come in and take a seat!


“This trip gave me the opportunity to travel for the first time and I can’t wait to travel again!” Lily, Yr 13. Find out more about our recent fantastic three-day trip to . Report and pics at


In we are looking at The Ten Commandments. The children planned out freeze frames and performed them in class for others to guess which commandment they showed. Can you guess these three? Find lots more examples of at


Baroque music on chime bars... Year 6 have been learning about from the period and learning how to play Pachelbel's Canon on the chime bars. See lots more examples of at


Twig art by Year 1. We searched the school grounds to collect twigs and leaves and then created fabulous tree collages, including this lovely one by Rokas. See lots more examples of at


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We're all reading Journey this week; our learning will take us out of this world and into another! A message for the chn?


Mysterious red doors have appeared over the weekend. Curious! Could it have anything to do with ?


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Can’t wait for our year 7s to begin The Scholars Programme this summer!

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Great Learning - Some Examples

We're really proud of the work our primary school students produce. To give you an idea of the standard of their homework and classwork we'll be adding examples here throughout the year. See also examples of work by our secondary students.

How to grow your own plants

Paige from Year 2 brought in this fabulous piece of home learning linked to our science topic - plants. Click on the picture below to downland Paige's booklet on how to grow your own plants.

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Experiment with celery

This week Year 3 has been learning about and investigating water transportation in a plant. We have set an experiment using celery and coloured water in a beaker. We excited to  see the results in our next Science lesson! We also create a microscope slide and used it to identify the xylan.

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Magic boat


During book week we looked at the book called Journey by Aaron Becker. We recreated the boat that the little girl drew with her magic crayon.

Above the Rooftops

Composition by Picasso Class, Year 3 at Harris Garrard Academy, Bexley. The class composed music to fit in with different sections of Journey by Aaron Becker, the book we studied all last week. The composition is called Above the Rooftops.

Where will your baloon take you?

In reception classes this week we have been looking at the book Journey by Aaron Becker as part of our book week. Here is Crystal – who has made a red-hot air balloon to imagine which journey she could travel on.

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Harry is using the resources in the creative area to make his red-hot air balloon.

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Kemi is writing a speech bubble “I want to go to the city.”

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Well-done reception classes fantastic learning this week.

'Journey' freeze frames

Year 4 completed 'freeze frames' from a scene in the book Journey by Aaron Becker, which they have been reading. The children had to imagine what the characters were feeling and what they would say.

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Opening, problems, resolution, ending...

Year 6 have been writing sequels to the story Journey by Aaron Becker', which they have been reading.

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All about plants

Science project on plants by Daisie Mae, Year 3


The Ten Commandments - in freeze-frame

In RE we are looking at The Ten Commandments, and planning out freeze frames of a commandment. Once planned, children then performed their freeze-frames to the class for the others to guess which commandment was depicted. Can you guess these three?

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The heart in close-up

Year 6 are studying the circulation system. The topic started off with the dissection of a heart, which the children were fascinated to see up close and to touch it. They looked at the ventricles and atriums, the valves and the size of the chamber walls in detail. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for them.


We've also been labelling diagrams of the different parts of the heart.


"The Vikings are in town"

Year 3 have been writing newspaper articles about the Vikings. Here is Jeffrey's work.

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...and Destiny's great work too.

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Ava, Year 2, did some extremely neat two step problems involving division in maths. Download her work here.

Great lives

Haring class, Year 6, have been writing biographies of the best-selling author Beverly Naidoo.


The Baroque on chime bars

Year 6 have been learning about music from the Baroque period. They all know some of the common features of music from this time, and have learned how to play Pachelbel's Canon on the chime bars.

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"I'll eat you up mum!"

Year 1 in Degas Class have been reading Where the Wild Things Are and learning to use exclamation marks to show emphasis and surprise. "I'll ruin all things!" "The grass is so soft!"

Exclamation marks

Twig art

Monet Class, Year 1, searched the school grounds to collect twigs and leaves to create our tree collage. Rokas really enjoyed our art lesson.

Twig art

Garrard Gazette

Year 5 have been learning to write news reports. Can you spot the five Ws they've been learning to use. OK, clue: 'who', 'what', 'why', and two more!


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Population tables

Matilda from Van Gogh Class, Year 5, shows how she has been learning to read population tables as part of her Maths lessons.


Easter story

Renoir Class, Year 4, have been learning about the Easter story and recounting the events. We thought you'd like to see Nana's lovely work.

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Paper bridges

This week in Year 2 Science we created bridges using paper. We designed our bridges, then tested and adapted the properties of paper to ensure the bridges were rigid enough to support a toy car.

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Studying my own shadow

Year 5 studied the length of their shadows throughout the school day. The children had great fun drawing around the shadows and measuring the length. The first measurement of a shadow at 9.20 am was over 7 meters! They noticed that the shadows are long in the morning and get shorter towards the middle of the day.


"So you are going to eat me?"

In Year 4, children have creating playscripts based on a chapter from the BFG.

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"The lush palm trees were dancing in the tropical breeze"

Simisola, Year 6, has written a description of a setting, based on Kensuke’s island, from the book Kensuke's Kingdom.

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Persuasive writing

A persuasive leaflet from Matilda in Van Gogh class, Year 5. She has used various features to sell 'Warcraft', our Hero's favourite game from our core text, Cosmic.

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Pig, Wig, Dig

In Reception Class this week, we have been looking at rhyming words in our literacy time. Now that we can sound out and spell some words, we have looked at what words sound the same. Here is Renee and Dollie-Mae showing there rhyming and writing skills at our phonics table. Well-done reception classes for fantastic learning this week.

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Practical science (with chocolate)

Year 4 have been learning about states of matter. They took part in exploratory science by melting and solidifying chocolate, predicting the temperature at which ice melts, using thermometers and making water cycles in a bag. The children really enjoyed their practical.

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A Portrait of Queen Victoria

This stunning portrait of Queen Victoria was created by Zachary of Monet class, Year 1.

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'So-mi' melodies

In Year 2 we have been learning how to follow musical notation to perform so-mi melodies that we know.

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Different types of mountains

Khaleed in Van Gogh class, Year 5, created this beautiful Geography work about different types of mountains.

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White Bear and Fred fingers

In Degas Class, Year 1, we have been reading The Princess and the White Bear King. Children have been learning to write a character description about the White Bear King using adjectives as well as joining their ideas together using ‘and’. Andreea has used her
Fred fingers to write. Fred fingers is a technique children learn to break words down into separate sounds.

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A letter to a friend

Picasso class, Year 3, wrote this letter as part of their literacy learning.

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What do I have faith in?

In RE this week we have been learning about faith. We have discussed the definition of faith, what faith means to us and what we have faith in. Shanyce, from Haring class, Year 6, has written this lovely piece explaining the things in which she has faith.



Tosin from Warhol class, Year 6, has sorted images into a Evolutionary Taxonomy Diagram as part of his science learning. Very impressive!

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It's about time

In Reception Class this week, we have been looking at time in our Maths sessions. The children have been looking at how to tell the o’clock and half past on an analogue clock. They made their own clocks to represent the times. Here is Caley, Desire and John showing how we make our clocks. Well done reception class fantastic learning this week.

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Time 2

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Time 3

Two note melodies

Here are Malcolm and Destiny from Picasso class, Year 3. They have been learning how to read two note melodies that use 'so' and 'mi'. In their pairs they had to take in turns to sing one of the melodies on the board while the other person worked out which melody they were singing.

Two note melodies

And here are the melodies they were singing.

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Why we warm up muscles

Year 3 have been learning about the structure of muscles. Did you know that when one muscle contracts that another relaxes? In PE we learn about how important it is to warm our muscles up; if not, like an elastic bad, they’ll snap! Children made a model of a muscle to show how they work.


Multiples of 10p

Kahlo class, Year 2, have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10p, and writing a set of instructions about how to clean a scrubbing brush. Here's some lovely work by Mason (maths) and Amira (English).

Multiple of 10p

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Hot seating helps writing in character

Tireni, Year 6, has written a diary entry from the perspective of Kensuke, a character in Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Children used hot seating (answering questions in role) to imagine what it was like to be the character before starting their writing.

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Water cycle

Year 4 have produced this very informative poster about the water cycle. They used their creativity to make it 3D and annotated it, using all the knowledge they have learnt.

Water Cycle

Handwriting and Victorian toys

Year 2 have been working really hard this week to improve their handwriting. Here are two examples: Jack has written some instructions on how to wash a scrubbing brush, and Bobby-Lee has written about Victorian toys. Excellent!

Victorian Toys


"Writing my own play"

Picasso Class, Year 3, have been learning to write a play script based on the Mama Panya's Pancakes story. Here's Gbemisola's fantastic work. Well done!

Writing my own play

Catching the bad guys

In Reception Class this week we have been looking at the police as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ theme. On our topic table, the children have been looking at a book called ‘Cops and Robbers.’ They have been making wanted posters for robbers and creating their own stories. Here is Dollie-Mae’s wanted poster; she chose to turn her friend Ronny into the robber who steals the class’s treasure. She has drawn him and the police chasing him. Well done Dollie-Mae for making the poster to help catch the bad guys :-).


All about space

Roshni and Khaleed, Year 5, produced this beautiful non-chronological report, all about space!

Space wonders

The value of coins

In Degas Class, Year 1, we've been learning to recognise the value of coins and sort them into carroll diagrams. Children have also been learning to add small amounts of money using the coins, making sure they add the value of the coins not the number of coins they have!

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Kensuke's diary

In English, we have been writing diary entries in the voice of Kensuke, from Michael Morpurgo's book, Kensuke's Kingdom. Here's one lovely example, by Nana, Year 6.


We have also been using the five senses to enhance the description of settings and events.

Decimal misconceptions

Year 6 have been learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals, as this very neat work by Adeshinayo shows. We have also been looking at common misconceptions when solving decimal calculations.


Ronnie, Warhol Class (Year 6) has been learning about decimals and solving problems involving all four operations.

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Inspired by the ponga plant

Year 5 created some stunning Koru paintings, inspired by Maori art and the unfurling ponga plant of New Zealand.


Kenya and UK

Picasson Class, Year 3, have been learning to write a non-chronological report comparing Kenya and London, as part of their literacy work. These lovely pieces are by Gbemisola and Jefferey.



The state of matter

Children in Year 4 are learning how to use and read a thermometer accurately in science as part of their States of Matter topic.

Hollie and Barak

Which book are Year 2 reading?

Year 2’s topic this term is toys. Can you guess which book they have been reading from this excellent piece of writing?

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It's not chronological...

Year 3 identify the features of a non-chronological report in their English lesson.

Great work

The Quran

Year 4 have been learning about the Quran.

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Joining two sentences

During English, Amira in Year 2 (Kahlo Class) was able to use co-ordinating conjunctions to join two sentences together when writing about our new book, Traction Man. Amira took great care with her presentation and really thought about her handwriting. Fantastic work!

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Cinderella's character

We have been doing character descriptions of Cinderella this week. This work is by Micheline in Monet Class, Year 1.




We have been learning about fraction equivalents and their representations this week. Here's some great work by Nana, Year 4.

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In Year 1, children have been learning about position and using the vocabulary ‘above’, ‘below’, ‘left’, and ‘right’ to describe the position of objects.

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"We're learning Mandarin"

Year 5 have been working on their Mandarin. Why not download some examples of their work.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Year 6 have started reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. The father has come up with the idea of the family sailing the world for a year! In class we planned balanced arguments to decide whether or not the family should embark on this adventure of a lifetime.


Alex, Warhol Class,Year 6


Agneza, Haring Class, Year 6

X-ray skeletons

We identified and named the bones in the body and explained their functions. We have use the x-ray photos to build a skeleton. We labelled the bones in the x-ray.

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Joshua has created an x-ray copy for our home learning on Science.

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Some of Year 3 Picasso’s 2D Skeletons from home learning

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Our solar system

Year 5 have turned their notetaking and research from last week into a non chronological report about the Solar System.

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This project on the solar system by Kurda and Faozan was completed as part of their home learning project. The children were asked to research the topic of space, which links with our literacy and science topic for this half term.

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Year 5 Home Learning on Space

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Our Christmas holiday homework gave the children in Mondrian class a chance to show their parents all they had learnt during the term. Download Cynthia's fantastic work. Cynthia worked hard at her maths addition challenge and with help from mum and dad has made a velcro Christmas tree to do her sums on. She continues to improve her writing skills and her lovely Santa’s sack shows this. Well done Cynthiah.

Maya culture and art

Year 4 have started learning about the Maya culture in History. For example, we have been learning about the Mayan Gods and the roles they played in the lives of the Maya people.

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In Art they created their own Mayan masks, linked to the designs used by the ancient civilisation.


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Home learning

In preparation for our Spring Term, over the Christmas holidays we asked children in Miro class to make a model of either a human skeleton or a model of a balanced meal that we should eat to keep us healthy. Every children who brought back their project has earned 5 Harris Points. Download pictures of the children's great work. Well done everyone!

'Making our own instruments'

Children in Renoir class brought in some fantastic homemade musical instruments they made over the half-term. They played their instruments in music lesson, which they enjoyed immensely.

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Here they are playing their instruments!

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Roman poetry

Year 3 poetry about Romans, linked to Boudicca.

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Year 3 performance poetry.

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This is Hannah in Khalo Class, Year 2, who has been learning to compare fractions.

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Materials in Science

In JP class, Year 2, they have been studying materials in science and this is Kaia’s well thought through write-up of her investigation.

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Nice letters!

In Degas Class, Year 1, Sanya has started to respond to her marking and is forming her letters better every week!

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Super sentence

Elizabeth in Monet Class, Year 1, has been working hard to form sentences in English and counting on in maths.

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Writing full, well-structured texts and developing sections within her English work, Roshni from Van Gogh class, Year 5, has worked hard on her presentation.

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Neat calculations

Jesse from Da Vinci class, Year 5, has worked hard to present his calculations neatly and respond to his marking thoughtfully.

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Responding to marking

Samantha and Kurda in Da Vinci Class, Year 5, are making sure they always respond to their marking with reflective comments.

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Matisse Class

Using first hand sources to help study the past in detail.

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Year 2, Art

Year 2 have done an art project based on the Great Fire of London. Impressive flames, don't you think?

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Year 4 home learning

Year 4 have been learning about ancient Egypt.

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Hemali, Year 4

Read Hemali's article on Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and how his invention has changed our lives.

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Jeffrey, Year 2

Jeffrey wrote this excellent piece comparing toys today with those from earlier eras - and says which ones he prefers and why.

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Jack, Year 4

Jack has written this letter to Penelope from Odysseus. Jack has tried really hard to use question marks correctly to help create a character's voice. Great work, Jack.

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