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29/09/20

Our Virtual Open Day is now live! Meet the Head of Academy, take a tour of our school, and hear from our fantastic students too. It's all at https://t.co/sxmakcSr4T https://t.co/PGD5M1ysGs

21/09/20

Nothing like settling into the week with a good book in our wonderful new library. https://t.co/1o07UixSCf

17/09/20

A selection of our brand new DEAR books - we are so excited for students to start reading these in tutor time! https://t.co/HEMAdMjBEK

17/09/20

Find out more about our co-curricular clubs for Year 7 this term, including Japanese, Debate & Mock Trials, Cricket, Maths, History, K-Club, Running, Poetry and more! https://t.co/fYEk3Xop5C https://t.co/5NxsIj9LqR

26/08/20

We are really looking forward to welcoming all our primary and secondary students back to the academy in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start dates and times) please visit https://t.co/FAMny0WNlo. Thank you and see you soon! https://t.co/r53Kz4dQ6o

24/08/20

We are delighted to be opening the Academy to all our students in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start times and dates for our secondary phase) please visit https://t.co/3pDfHWCpt2 . We look forward to seeing you soon!

31/07/20

Dear parents, uniform orders must be placed with our uniform supplier, Brigade, by 7th Aug to ensure delivery in time for the start of term. Orders placed after the 7th Aug deadline will not delivered until mid/late September. See full ordering details https://t.co/VrBPlh7KMd. https://t.co/bDlrRvQBnb

17/07/20

A final socially distanced assembly was the right way to say a goodbye to our superb staff and students. Some moving onto new adventures and others to return in September for more exciting times at ! https://t.co/z7GcGMrWao

17/07/20

Free Young Summer Camp for young children who are eligible for free school meals. Details at https://t.co/kK3jhcC9DB https://t.co/idSJSaksLF

16/07/20

Dear students, don't forget https://t.co/98ZZ3YlIpe is available all summer. is an online service designed to support your - offering a safe and secure way to access mental health and wellbeing support. Find out more at https://t.co/XxT48AwBDO https://t.co/upwNY65P2I

13/07/20

15-17? ‘Keep Doing Good’ with this summer! Volunteering experience Make a positive impact in our local community Learn new skills Join thousands of young people who have signed up to ‘Keep Doing Good’ by pledging your time this summer at ➡ https://t.co/vEW11633xq https://t.co/CROM3jZc8A

10/07/20

How will your child travel to school in Sept? We want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing very short survey. It will take a minute or less! Thank you. https://t.co/wAqgR08Z02

09/07/20

FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. https://t.co/hM4s3QOzIN

09/07/20

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

Brilliant! What a wonderful team Have a wonderful summer all and we hope to see you soon. https://t.co/JI0I6O4g5k

09/07/20

Dear HGA Students... here is a video message from your teachers to wish you a happy summer and to say how much we are looking forward to seeing you next year. We hope you enjoy it and it makes you 😃https://t.co/dZwKjwgfiP

07/07/20

Young Greenwich in partnership with have put together an excellent online summer programme of activities. Find out more here https://t.co/lL6TJR8pfJ

07/07/20

Check out the 'audiobook' file on Student SharePoint to listen to the English Department reading Elizabeth Laird's 'Oranges in No Man's Land' aloud! Here's an excerpt of Ms Hall reading Chapter 3 📚 https://t.co/jnfwMFs52E

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

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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.