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29/03/21

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Last week issued an alert about a spike in ransomware attacks on schools. We have suffered an attack since then. Although measures were in place to protect our systems, our servers have been impacted. See https://t.co/0JeUHHfRDp for further info and a statement below. https://t.co/4U02Y6zmbG

19/03/21

What’s this! It’s our super HGA staff chosen by students as their superheroes! I couldn’t agree more! Not all heroes wear capes! https://t.co/UKG8pKSP0f

19/03/21

Of all the heroes our students have chosen to celebrate for we feel this one deserves special mention. Mason here celebrating our hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. Not all heroes wear capes. https://t.co/TiNjQbmycp

19/03/21

Today at we are celebrating our keyworker heroes! - Here Y4 send a huge thank you to our wonderful nurses, doctors and police officers. https://t.co/KaQmhKEfUS

12/03/21

The March edition of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, is out now. This issue is on , with articles and poems by students in Years 8-11 and creative writing by primary students. In partnership with . Download your copy at https://t.co/npPg3qsNuX https://t.co/LaPY9ZSFr7

12/03/21

A massive thank you to our testing team. Not a single positive case and with their support HGA is safely fully open. https://t.co/DskPC8rp8b

08/03/21

We welcomed year 11, 13 and all of our primary students back today. Students in classrooms, back where they belong. https://t.co/GxkKgxy1T9

08/03/21

Creative Voice are taking the flag pole this half term. After an amazing effort from everyone at HGA, Creative Voice topped the leaderboard for online attendance! Well done all! https://t.co/C7BcBdnvQT

22/02/21

Retweetd From National Careers Week

𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘞𝘦𝘦𝘬 2021. 1st - 6th March. Take part in the 𝙗𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 celebration of 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 across the UK! Everything you need to make a great week is available here: https://t.co/gzdACsPPT7 What are you waiting for? https://t.co/ilaKMjJ0nz

19/02/21

Our new flag delivery today. As a community we stand strongest together. Together we can achieve anything. https://t.co/zxy5ylnLUJ

08/02/21

A lovely snowy day at HGA today https://t.co/3WUyGryRuq

04/02/21

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This (1-7 Feb), help your pupils to explore the different ways they can express themselves. 🎨 🎭 ✍️ 🎵 Our free school resources can be adapted for use in school, home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. 👉 https://t.co/hIppsAFQQP https://t.co/jtFzmuJpv0

04/02/21

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., , , and have shown us some things should be done alone 😬. Dealing with our mental wellbeing isn't one of them. is here to support you with whatever you're going through. https://t.co/9dwMjoIDwj. https://t.co/0k1iS4Pxjz

29/01/21

Retweetd From The Times

Children will take more than a year to catch up with their education, Boris Johnson admitted yesterday, as he promised £300 million for extra tuition, summer schools and a “Covid premium” https://t.co/WZAb3ZSvBI

26/01/21

Need support accessing remote learning? Please email remotelearning.org.uk. We know it can be frustrating if you can't access the learning that is available, so we will do our best to help you. https://t.co/xbV5XD9goc

19/01/21

Congratulations to Active Science who take the flag pole for this half term. They the leading hub for Harris Points. Well done everyone whose hard work is earning those points, even from home! https://t.co/hl7p4FjI4k

15/01/21

“As an Academy we are here for you and as the HGA community we will stand strongest together.” See the Head of Academy’s weekly update here https://t.co/OYATFsFqDW https://t.co/d4m1tj3Lhm

14/01/21

are offering remote work experience placements to give students the chance to try out industries they are interested in. Please apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success. Find out more https://t.co/e6N9BnZlgE

12/01/21

’s first weekly Live Cook-a-long DT Lesson went well today! Join us every week at 12:00pm to see Mr Sheppard in the kitchen. We didn’t think the pancakes would turn out so well! https://t.co/FBkRFfGQyb

11/01/21

Do you need more data to help you study? The government has launched a scheme to temporarily increase data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. Find out if you could benefit, and how to apply through the school, at https://t.co/Da16NxBtWM

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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.