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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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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.


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 out 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 a 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 be 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 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!

Page Downloads

Title Date  
HGA LITERARY CANON CATALOGUE KS3 12th Mar 2019 Download
HGA LITERARY CANON CATALOGUE KS4 12th Mar 2019 Download
Year 2 Age Appropriate Reading List.pdf 02nd May 2018 Download
Year 3 Age Appropriate Reading List.pdf 02nd May 2018 Download
Year 4 Age Appropriate Reading List.pdf 02nd May 2018 Download
Year 5 Age Appropriate Reading List.pdf 02nd May 2018 Download
Year 6 Age Appropriate Reading List.pdf 02nd May 2018 Download

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