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03/07/20

KS3! A reminder that you have ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your entries to the Lockdown Creative Writing Competition! See remote learning slides for more details and get your poems into the English Department ASAP! We can't wait to read them. https://t.co/USxd2l5ips

01/07/20

A nice art idea you might like to try! https://t.co/ULS2bqUlQA

01/07/20

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

Have your say on the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Write a story in 500 words for the competition. Categories for 5-9 and 10-13 year olds. Closes 3rd July. You can do it! https://t.co/CprttbnXcG https://t.co/88urcLcXOc

30/06/20

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

'A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter' - resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. View and download at https://t.co/qV2guXnJgW https://t.co/pzFjcXik7C

30/06/20

You'll find thousands of online digital books at https://t.co/34vPsJq6NW - and our students have a FREE login. You'll find full details (and other reading ideas) on the Reading at Home page of our website https://t.co/XclDdfyyG6 https://t.co/Rxtp8V93ks

26/06/20

Retweetd From ThamesmeadNow

Art is a great way for kids to get creative, so why not enter our competition; 'Get Arty'. For a chance to win a £30 voucher all you have to do is take a photo, create a picture or write a poem of/or about nature.Enter here: https://t.co/DWlJO6D9d0. https://t.co/r2fDIBWGWZ

26/06/20

Retweetd From Counselling Matters Bexley

We’re pleased to launch today TALKLINE - a free telephone counselling service for anyone feeling anxious, stressed, lonely or isolated. Open 5-9pm Mon-Fri and 9-9pm Sat/Sun. Funded by to help us help you through Covid-19 https://t.co/71DwNzq5mU

23/06/20

If you need uniform for September why not order it online now? Please order by August 7th at the latest, but earlier if you can, to make sure you have what you need for September. Full details at https://t.co/VrBPlhpmaN https://t.co/1E33l7Abou

17/06/20

Retweetd From ThamesmeadNow

Are you a resident who wants to explore the beauty of nature around you? We want local residents, of any age, to create an art piece inspired by nature and enter a competition. Deadline 12pm Tue 30 June 2020. More info here: https://t.co/DWlJO6D9d0 https://t.co/54hAQM4nIx

15/06/20

Retweetd From Action Fraud

⚠️ALERT: Criminals target Snapchat users in extortion scam that threatens to reveal their private photos. We've had over 300 reports since January. If you've been a victim of an extortion scam, report it to your local police force. https://t.co/OZpaIey8LK

15/06/20

See the winners of our 'Take a Museum Tour' competition. Well done John, Victor, Toby and Jashanpreet! https://t.co/NOXzHJiwLf

15/06/20

This Week's Prize Challenge: write a letter to our new students. Introduce yourself and explain what you miss most about school. What advice would you give to help them settle in. We'll give the best letters to our new students next term! Find out more https://t.co/l1ZAQUO2iK https://t.co/hN4jeMkxvj

09/06/20

Read these magazines FREE using the Harris Garrard Academy subscription: BBC History, BBC Science Focus, Geographical, New Internationalist, The Biologist, Chemistry World, and more. Find out how at https://t.co/Fx0lT4aRJ5 https://t.co/HkLS9sxklb

09/06/20

Need Harris Garrard Academy uniform for September? Please order online by August 7th. Full details, including a handy measuring guide, at https://t.co/VrBPlhpmaN https://t.co/q9mtSHuuYU

09/06/20

Retweetd From ThamesmeadNow

This week, we've launched a competition for local people to whilst exploring art in nature. If you'd like some inspiration for your entry, local artist Joseph Griffiths will be holding live Zoom sessions. More info here: https://t.co/DWlJO6D9d0 https://t.co/5CrlzOxnGW

06/06/20

Retweetd From Belvedere Infant and Junior School TPA

Any yr6 pupils soon to start Harris Garrard, check out this virtual tour... https://t.co/s2evnQAc2Z

05/06/20

This week for story time join our very own Miss Buchanan for one of her favourite books! https://t.co/8KJpobIzEa https://t.co/rioJ9Agu7E

04/06/20

Starting Year 7 at Harris Garrard Academy in September? Join us for a lightning-fast tour of our academy with Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri. Come on in! https://t.co/Mpcg81yoB7

01/06/20

Retweetd From Emergency Exit Arts

Thumbs up for episode 4 of the CHANGE episode, now live on YouTube channel. Click the link in our bio/below to have a look https://t.co/mCCIt3mPda https://t.co/02tmiMOKfE

01/06/20

Fancy growing a bit of salad at home? Free kits for residents! https://t.co/33c5f0ho6r

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Reading at Home

Adding reading to your daily routine really supports both literacy and wellbeing – and can be very enjoyable too!

This page has some useful links to reading resources and other tips to help keep reading engaging and positive. Please do share your own ideas and experiences with us too, so we can all learn from each other.

On the last day before school closure, we opened up our library and removed borrowing limits so that students could take out as many books as they wanted to keep them busy over the closure period; all of our books went flying off the shelves!

If you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials, please email our Head of English Miss Matthews on l.matthews@harrisgarrard.org.uk – or just email your child’s English teacher.


How often should I being reading?

The short answer is, as often as you like! We recommend at least 30 minutes a day. At school students read for 40 minutes once a week in DEAR, as well as regular extended reading in lessons, and an hour's reading in DEAR lessons once a fortnight.

To help continue this habit while at home, we are encouraging students to aim to read at least 2—3 times a day for 20 minutes, if you can, including 20 minutes reading aloud to a parent, sibling or even a pet!

After finishing a book, why not take a quiz write a review and send it to Miss Matthews on l.matthews@harrisgarrard.org.uk – you can earn Harris Points without even being at school!


HGA literary canonThe HGA Literary Canon

Here at HGA, we have two versions of the HGA Literary Canon – one for KS3 and one for KS4. These ‘canons’ are each a list of 50 books that we recommend all our students should have read by the time they finish the Key Stage.

Download the HGA Key Stage 3 Reading Canon

Download the HGA Key Stage 4 Reading Canon

Send your photos of you reading books on the canon to Ms Matthews on l.matthews@harrisgarrard.org.uk to receive a secret prize when we return to school; you could even feature on the school Twitter page! 


Bedrock Vocabulary

Reading will really help to keep our brains active, engaged and learning while our school is temporarily closed.  At Harris Garrard Academy, all year 7-10 students have been using an online program Bedrock Vocabulary Learning to develop their vocabulary acquisition.

To make required progress across the programme, you must complete at least two lessons a week, which run for 20 minutes each. Your login and password details have been provided to you by the English Department. If you have lost these details, you can ask your parent or carer to email Ms Matthews or your English teacher (l.matthews@harrisgarrard.org.uk). In the email please make clear the name of your child and their English class so that we can email you your Bedrock username and password.

Remember you can download Bedrock onto your phones and ipads too! The English Department will track your activity and reward you with Harris Points for all the Bedrock sessions you complete each week.

Log into Bedrock here 


More books and audiobooks

If you have a subscription of Amazon prime, there is a great selection of free books, magazines and comics available. Here are some websites offering free online books and audiobooks.

myON are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through their online library. Go to myon.co.uk, enter the login details below, then simply select a book and start reading!

  • School Name: Harris Garrard Academy (type the first few letters of your school and select from the drop-down menu)
  • Username: harris428student
  • Password: read

Other places to find books online:

If you don´t have internet access please contact us and we will try to supply free copies. Don’t forget some students will have books from our school-library at home.


MagsOnline magazines - how to log on

You can read a variety of magazines online using the Harris Garrard Academy subscription. These include:

  • BBC History 
  • BBC Science Focus
  • Geographical
  • New Internationalist
  • The Biologist
  • Chemistry World

Click here to login to the magazine subscriptions

Once on the login page, select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner. Enter the six-digit code 824853 for Harris Garrard Academy into the “card number” bar and log in.