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17/06/21

Come to a free NHS webinar focused on the emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11+ in . For parents and care givers. Monday 21st June, 7 - 8.30pm. https://t.co/j66gqAW1Ny

12/06/21

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Delighted for and so proud of our Director of Secondary Education- Carolyn English awarded an OBE today. So deserved, thank you for all you do for our students. Congratulations 🥳 👏🏽🙌🏼

28/05/21

There will always be challenges ahead but we all stand together knowing ‘Learning Changes Lives’. Good luck class of 2021! https://t.co/N2CEHKV5cu

28/05/21

Rewards week at the Academy. Congratulations to students who have won iPads for their efforts. https://t.co/Z8Z8DMBUdv

19/05/21

All students and staff at HGA thoroughly enjoyed DEAR Day today, three opportunities throughout the day to DROP EVERYTHING and just READ! https://t.co/pY0HLEvYrQ

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

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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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29/01/21

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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

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Poetry

Exciting news! Every child in Harris Garrard Academy is going to be learning a poem off by heart every half term.

We will have in class competitions with prizes every half term to see who has done the best job at learning their poem. Let’s have a look at Mrs Perry performing the poem that she has learnt for us, and you'll find links below to poems you can learn.


Poems to learn this term

Click on the links below to see your poem for the Autum 2 term 2020.

Years 1 & 2 - Snowball by Shel Silverstein

Year 3 - Behold my breath by Shel Silverstein

Year 4 - There was an old sled

Year 5 - Diwali by June Crebbin

Year 6 - Once upon a winter’s day


Why learn poems off by heart?

Knowing poetry will help you to write your own poems. You can take ideas from the words, rhymes and rhythms of the poems that you have learnt and use them in your own poetry.

You can entertain friends and family by performing the poems that you have learnt. Learning things off by heart helps you to improve your memory.

Poetry is an important part of the English literary tradition so it is important that we learn poems in our school as we live in England.  


Tips for learning a poem off by heart

  • Read the poem out loud over and over again so that it starts to stick in your head.
  • If your poem has a strong beat, read the poem whilst walking along to the beat.
  • Copy the poem out lots of times. Do this by looking at a line, covering it up and then writing it down from memory.
  • Read a line out loud. Close your eyes and say the line from memory. Then read two lines out loud, close your eyes and say both lines from memory.
  • Ask a grown up to say the poem to you and then say it back to them from your memory. You could do this one line at a time.
  • Stick a copy of the poem up by your bed or on your mirror or anywhere in your house that you look at a lot.
  • Practise the poem with your friend – you can take turns saying a line each and then swap over.
  • Break the poem down in to bitesize chunks – learn one line at a day. Don’t forget to refresh the lines you have already learnt every day.
  • Practise performing the poem to your friends and family.