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!


“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


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


’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!


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


Our 'Listening Ear' service is available to all families and students from Harris Garrard Academy. We are open 11am-1pm (by appointment only) every weekday during lockdown. You are not alone during this difficult time. Find out more


Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for the latest details of start of term arrangements for Primary and Secondary students. Thank you as ever for your cooperation.


We would like to wish you a restful break over this very different holiday season. Please remember there are lots of services that are open over the holidays should you or your family require additional support. Please see


We're proud to publish our December 2020 newsletter, for both our primary and secondary phases, with stories from across this term. We hope you enjoy reading it!


Sydney, Year 7, has come 1st in the competition for this fabulous picture. Her art, which won the secondary school category, was inspired by a number of artists who were aiming to express diversity in their work. We're very proud of her!


Consultation opens today on our admissions arrangements for 2022-23. Please visit the link below for details and to give your views. The consultation ends on 13th January. Thank you.


We are consulting on our admissions arrangements for 2022-23. Your views are welcome. Please find full details at Thank you.


We loved Rukiat's poem, "I Am The Black Child", which he wrote for our Black History Month competition. Rukiat, Year 9, won first prize in the writing category. See all the winners at


Well done to Judith, Year 9, for winning 1st place in the art category of our competition. Great drawing and a strong message too. See all the winners at


Today we were proud to stand in silence around our school's wall of poppies to remember those who gave their lives for us, and the importance of peace and unity


The end of another wonderful week of learning at Harris Garrard at the end of the 🌈!


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Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more


Announcement Winter PE Kit - A Quick Reminder for Parents


The first of our Days this year takes place on Fri 9th Oct, for years 7-11. Activities on offer include sessions on relaxation, coping strategies, reframing negative thinking and the beauty of being unique! Find out more

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Learning Resources - Primary

With the start of remote learning, I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the school’s provision to make sure that students are able to receive a full day's learning, even when working from home.

We are proud to be able to provide over four hours of tailored learning for each child through live lessons, recorded sessions, daily Purple Mash tasks and the Individual Learning Packs emailed home or available for pick up from school.

On top of this we have our daily assemblies and special art and DT sessions throughout the week.  

In terms of live lessons, you can see from the table below that there are scheduled remote lessons available in English and maths with your class teacher every day in the morning and a further reading session in the afternoon. We want to see every child in these sessions and are here to support you getting online.

Alongside our remote lessons, we are running some stand alone, weekly cooking and art lessons which we hope to see you at. Please do contact your child's teacher if you have any queries. 

We are also recording a number of lessons in geography, science and history which will be available here each week to help support all areas of our curriculum.

Alongside the lessons above there are daily activities planned on Purple Mash to complete.

Click HERE to login in to Purple Mask using your child's login details.

Finally, as we want to give opportunities for students to step aware from their screens, we have also provided you with Two Week Learning Packs (see below) which have further daily handwriting, writing, arithmetic and reading comprehension activities. These can then be discussed in more detail with your teachers in your live sessions. Should you require a pack, as well as being emailed to you, these are available for pick up within school.  

Mr Ben Sheppard

Head of Primary

The school day

Alongside Purple Mash and Individual Learning Packs (see below), here is a breakdown of our remote lessons and their times. Each week, we will also be looking to include further chances for us to come together as a school.

Download timetable as pdf.

HGA Primary TT 22.1.21

Recorded Lessons

As we continue to add to our provision, we are also now providing recorded sessions for each year group. These lessons can be accessed any time through our website and are there to help guide the students through subject specific learning.

We are beginning these this week with the expectation that by Week 4 we will have sessions for a range of subjects and Purple Mash Quizzes developed to help support the students in checking their understanding. Follow the links below to your Year Group pages to check out some of the first lessons for your year groups!

Year 1 recorded lessons

Year 2 recorded lessons

Year 3 recorded lessons

Year 4 recorded lessons

Year 5 recorded lessons

Year 6 recorded lessons

Individual learning packs

Learning packs have also been created with handwriting, maths and reading comprehension practise to help make sure our students have the option to engage with learning without a screen.

These packs are created for every two weeks of learning. As well as being emailed to you directly, you can collect hard copies from school. We will have copies prepared for weeks 3 and 4 available at the end of next week.

Our teachers

I also want to take this chance to thank my teachers. With little notice, they have done a phenomenal job of designing and running an online programme for our students. In the lessons I have seen this week, students have been engaged and learning to make sure we make the very most of this opportunity. Other members have staff have continued to come into school to support our key worker students and I have huge admiration for their efforts.

This though is only the start and we will be working hard over the coming weeks to add even more to our provision with recorded lessons and an online reading platform which we will share with you as soon as we have more details.

I look forward to seeing you in our assemblies this week!

Mr Ben Sheppard

Head of Primary

Maths online home learning videos

Maths image 1Click HERE to watch short videos which provide primary school pupils with interactive lessons while they are self-isolating. The lessons are divided into:

  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
  • Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
  • Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5-6)

There is a video for each day covering a two-week period. There is also a pack for the children to use with the videos; this will be in the home-learning pack (see below) that is sent home to them at the start of their isolation.

It is important that each set of videos are completed in the set order. Most lessons are between 15-20 minutes long, each ending with suggested follow-up tasks; these tasks are intended to be completed at home using resources you find around the house.

Home learning packs will continue to be sent home in addition to online learning. This is additional to their main online learning which follows our medium-term plan. This means all children working in or out of school will follow the same curriculum.

Maths image 2Early Years Maths

Early Years Foundation Stage pupils will have paper packs and should watch Numberblocks daily. Watch them in order (each one is five minutes long).

Click HERE to see Numberblocks series 1-4.

Counting is fun with the Numberblocks - a fun-loving group of numbers who work together to solve problems big and small.


Making sure the children are read to and are reading on a daily basis is one of the most important routines for them during this time. Please encourage your child to read for at least 10 minutes a day and, if possible, talk about what they have read.

Links to other learning

If you find your child requires further support, or challenge, please do not hesitate to call the school. You can also discuss this learning with the class teachers in your weekly calls. There are also lots of resources on the internet that can help your child as well as offer further learning. The following is a short list of some of our favourites:

BBC Bitesize - daily lessons for all year groups

Effective Maths - resources you can use at home 

STEM learning - home learning support for families 

Let us read you a story...

We love reading here at Garrard and especially the opportunities to read aloud stories to the children. Click on the links below to go see our very own Mr Butcher, Miss Lee, Mr Sheppard and Miss Buchanan. Over the next few weeks you might see even more familiar faces!

Books about Covid-19 for children

During these challenging times, talking to our children about the current situation can be difficult. Please look at these two books designed to help support the explanations around Covid-19.

Coronavirus - A Book For Children, by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Book 1

My Hero Is You: How Kids Can Fight Covid-10 - a storybook

Book 2

I’d like to thank our staff, both teachers and TAs, who are working so hard to make these packs while supporting both in-school learning and those of you at home. I also send our thanks to you for your hard work, support and understanding.

From the Primary Team, Harris Garrard Academy