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23/05/22

Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at https://t.co/yODJSl35al https://t.co/mf7naxlcZT

19/05/22

This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final. https://t.co/Q9ZyZiGz5X

17/05/22

We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy! https://t.co/TLmeHs0kvw

11/05/22

Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars! https://t.co/MXb09flSML https://t.co/sbEGwdXhxb

09/05/22

Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time https://t.co/qZH9MGyDCI

25/04/22

Harris Garrard's girls rugby team competed in Kent schools' tournament recently. They were fantastic, making it all the way to the final. It was great to see over 100 primary school girls engaging in tag . Well done team! https://t.co/604C3oIxaW https://t.co/uInmW6vSMN

12/04/22

Year 7 pick up litter in for 's campaign. Thank you to , who loaned us litter-picking equipment and removed the rubbish we collected. V proud of our students! https://t.co/jbHoBhXSUb https://t.co/haVXd36kEB

28/03/22

"Something wicked this way comes..." Today, our Year 11s were treated to a trip to The Globe to see a performance of their GCSE English Literature text, Shakespeare's Macbeth! https://t.co/8HvFI7zprG

28/03/22

Our Year 1 & 2s really enjoyed taking part in the football festival. The teams had great fun, scoring lots of goals and using teamwork. Thank you to for organising and we look forward to their next event! https://t.co/mBOIcXoXSI

24/03/22

Today, Year 8 supported by the humanities department, enjoyed a day on the Thames, taking in London’s most famous landmarks. Staff and students enjoyed playing guess the landmark and waving to tourists. https://t.co/3l3kmbA5B9

24/03/22

Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year! https://t.co/1doMnUQ0HI

23/03/22

Our Easter Holiday 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions are for all HGA parents and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form). Come along on Weds 6th April (9am-1pm) and Weds 13th April (9am-1pm) if you fancy a chat with our staff or need some support. We'd love to see you. https://t.co/OzvQFwWkwM

22/03/22

Last Friday, we were visited by a very special member of the community, Abena Oppong-Asare, our local MP and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. "She shared her journey into politics with us and was truly an inspiration," said Head Student, Daniella. https://t.co/qiBHvsquUX

21/03/22

Retweetd From Consejería de Educación Reino Unido e Irlanda

"It was great to meet the students from years 5 and 6 at Primary School who participated in the Spanish Workshop “Los detectives culturales” ¡Enhorabuena chic por el gran trabajo! https://t.co/PL9AbR75HF

21/03/22

Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday. https://t.co/ukoe04wjLM

17/03/22

Harris Garrard had their first tag rugby mini-tournament this week. They put their learning from our PE lessons to good use winning both games, 5-2 and 4-2. Everyone had great fun and we look forward to the next one! https://t.co/b3AVIkaxMW

15/03/22

Last week our boys played a cup fixture against Fairford Academy. After a great match in wet conditions, we came out on top winning 5-2. Harris Garrard now progresses to play Danson Primary in the semi-finals. https://t.co/O73EvP5LkJ

06/03/22

AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches! https://t.co/C0mDFf03VX

06/03/22

We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers https://t.co/39oT7gx2lD

03/03/22

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

A great effort from all involved https://t.co/3l2DW2TD4O

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Our Literacy Specialism

"But words are things, and a small drop of ink,

Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces

That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."

Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819–1824 


Phonics 3The ability to read and write is a key life skill that every child should have the right to learn. Here at Harris Garrard Academy, we ensure that every child develops this ability through the use of a programme called Read Write Inc.

You can see our age-appropriate reading lists, with recommended books for children in years 2-6, by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.

Watch our presentation about reading at Harris Garrard Academy.


English alphabetic code

We begin teaching your children from the very first day they walk through our doors. Our children will learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words (Set 1 and 2), then they learn to read the same sounds with alternate graphemes (Set 3).

Children in our reception class will learn Set 1 sounds to begin with before moving on to Set 2 sounds. In Key Stage 1 children will become secure in Set 2 sounds before learning Set 3 sounds.

Here is a list of Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds in the order that they are taught.

Phonics one

Please visit the following website for more information and videos about our Read Write Inc programme, including a guide to pronunciation: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/


Phonics 2Phonic books

Our children experience success from the very beginning. As soon as a child can blend the first sounds taught together, our lively phonic books (pictured) are introduced, that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words.

Your child will practice reading these books three times at school before bringing them home on a Wednesday. Your child bringing this book home is a real opportunity for them to show off how speedy and fluent they are becoming at reading.

See below for a table detailing the progression of our core story books.

Phonics 4


Book bag books

Alongside these, your child will also bring home an engaging and closely matched ‘book bag book’ (see one example below). These books are matched to your child’s class story book, they will help reinforce the sounds they are learning in class at home.

Phonics 5


What are red words?

You may hear your child mention learning red words at school. These are words that children need to learn to read and write by sight because they contain parts that are not decodable. For example the word ‘we’ could be decoded (Fred talked) as ‘w-eh’. The story books and ‘book bag books’ that your child takes home will also include these words. Some of the red words may only be ‘red’ until a specific sound has been learnt.

See below for a table showing at what point your children will learn to read each red word.

Red ditty

Put; the; I; no; of; my; for; he

Green

Your; said; you; be; are

Purple

To; me; go; baby; paint

Pink

All; like; I’ve; want; call; we; her; she; washing; some; so

Orange

What; they; do; old; was

Yellow

Saw; watch; school; watches; small; their; were; who; tall; one; brother; I’m; there; fall; any; where; wall

Blue

Does; other; two; could; ball; would; wash; water; anyone; over; wasn’t; through; once; son; whole; people

Grey

Should; come; many; mother; above; father; here; buy; bought; great; someone; another; walk; caught; worse; everyone; talk; thought; love; wear

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to find Mr Butcher and ask him. Also, look out for our next parent phonics session. Coffee and cakes will be provided!


Accelerated Reader

We now have over 1,600 books in our newly renovated Primary Library (pictured) and we are extremely excited to launch a programme called Accelerated Reader (AR). Click HERE to find out more about the Accelerated Reader programme.

Students will choose a new book appropriate to their reading level (not too hard and not too easy) and they will complete a quiz to test what they have understood. Students should bring their book to school each day. The expectation is that students are reading for at least 20 minutes each night at home. Children will need a space at home where they are able to read each evening.

They can read to you, another adult, or read independently. You can help by engaging with what your child is reading. Why not ask them about the characters, what happens and what other stories this one reminds them of?

Library 1 copy

Students may need to read the book a couple of times to become confident with the content and avid readers will be encouraged to take more than one book. Our aim is for each child within the school to be reading a book a week. Please make sure that books are returned to ensure that your child can choose a new story every two weeks.

There are over 36,000 quizzes on Accelerated Reader, so some of your stories at home may have tests. If your child would like to quiz on a book from home, then they are more than welcome to bring it to school to quiz on! To see if your child’s book is on Accelerated Reader, please visit this website www.arbookfind.co.uk. There is also a ‘suggest quizzes’ button on the same page, so if they don’t have a test for your child’s home book on the system, you can request one!


Phonics & Reading Support - Key Stage 1 Parent Workshop


Phonics & Reading Support - Key Stage 2 Parent Workshop