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04/06/20

Starting Year 7 at Harris Garrard Academy in September? Join us for a lightning-fast tour of our academy with Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri. Come on in! https://t.co/Mpcg81yoB7

01/06/20

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Thumbs up for episode 4 of the CHANGE episode, now live on YouTube channel. Click the link in our bio/below to have a look https://t.co/mCCIt3mPda https://t.co/02tmiMOKfE

01/06/20

Fancy growing a bit of salad at home? Free kits for residents! https://t.co/33c5f0ho6r

28/05/20

We love this, well done Victor from our Year 3! You're keeping our spirits up! https://t.co/PIX8wl2Vuz

27/05/20

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J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter. https://t.co/kVMtgzTiKX

27/05/20

"I really enjoyed the fitness workouts. And my 60 minute bike ride, three times a week with my mum." Victor, Year 3 Congrats to Victor and Jashanpreet, winners of our Fitness Diary competition! https://t.co/SshfEmqxFS https://t.co/2IPvfSHDwS

24/05/20

A happy Eid Mubarak from our families to yours!

22/05/20

Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri are filming a school tour for our new year 7s today, so you can have a look around. It will be on our website soon! https://t.co/Hwf0hUMwUZ

21/05/20

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Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today! https://t.co/yI6O6Yh83h

20/05/20

School nurse, Ms Ward, has put together some helpful information sheets for students on topics such as mental wellbeing, emotional and sexual health, and sleep. Read and download them at https://t.co/iFUTdvI7mZ

20/05/20

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We love this... head to Roald Dahl's YouTube channel to see a host of film stars reading 'James and the Giant Peach' in instalments from their homes. Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and many more. https://t.co/p3FhyNFFik

19/05/20

Tune in to another wonderful story time. This week join Mrs Lee for one of her favourite picture books and help us celebrate reading! https://t.co/niXG5b80rj https://t.co/kE5LCj9hMQ

18/05/20

Need mental health and wellbeing support? https://t.co/98ZZ3YlIpe is a safe, confidential support service for all young people in . Counsellors available 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year https://t.co/etnpGXhAjY

18/05/20

Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week. https://t.co/A9etSrRMOd

13/05/20

Harris Garrard continues its evolution into a secret garden in the heart of London. We are so lucky to have such wonderful spaces for learning. https://t.co/UKjtnOEKP3

12/05/20

This week join Mr Sheppard for story time as he shares one of his favourite stories! https://t.co/Z3yxKxYSes https://t.co/cK2VSoNzFD

12/05/20

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Don’t miss out on some career talks this week. Follow the link below to find out more: https://t.co/Gc2FYfaVt1

07/05/20

Give a big hand to the winners of our 'Write a Biography' challenge. We asked students to interview a relative or neighbour on the phone, and then write a short biography. Read the fantastic winning entries at https://t.co/VzPkeGZ6yg https://t.co/bJFoaRDFxQ

07/05/20

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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to https://t.co/llPi3ciUgf to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁 https://t.co/oXVhSLAeCj

06/05/20

today making some beautiful log badges and insect houses. That way they can also during isolation. https://t.co/qtOGvxTRLX

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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.

See our age-appropriate reading lists, with recommended books for children in years 2-6, downloadable from 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!


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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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