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23/09/21

Come to the Harris Garrard Academy , Thurs 30th Sept, 5-7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming you. Visit our school, meet our students and teachers, and discover for yourself what makes our school so special. https://t.co/u1VzrMK0ho

23/09/21

Come to the Harris Garrard Academy , Thurs 30th Sept, 5-7.30pm, to see our school and meet our students and teachers. Discover for yourself what makes our school so special. We look forward to welcoming you https://t.co/LFMfx9B02S

23/09/21

This week's PE Challenge (press ups!) saw lots of our primary children and staff having a go. Well done to this week's winners - Mason (Year 5), Mr Green and Ms Anderson. We are all looking forward to seeing who will win next week! https://t.co/PJwh7FYpkt

21/09/21

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It's great to be out & about in our today! There is some beautiful artwork on show! https://t.co/r1H7glKk0V

20/09/21

Amazing turnout today for the Year 8 boys inter-hub football competition. There was some unbelievable football, with Enterprise scoring one of the best team goals we have ever seen! Congratulations to World Studies who won all their matches.

20/09/21

Fantastic turnout today for the Year 8 girls inter-hub competition. There was lots of talent on show today, every game was amazing to watch. Congratulations to Active Science who came out on top today!

20/09/21

Our sixth form students at an assembly today about and student leadership. Fundamental British Values at HGA https://t.co/gW8AIYulWa

20/09/21

Year 12 students Lydia, Aleyna, Javier, Lujain, Yusuf and Alesandra pictured during their second Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) session. The EQP gives students the opportunity to develop their own enquiry skills https://t.co/BPag6A7tkH

15/09/21

Our Speed Bounce Challenge attracted over 150 attempts from primary children and staff! Everyone had to see how many times they could bounce over the barrier in 30 seconds. Huge well done to those who entered and we look forward to seeing more exciting PE challenges! https://t.co/smBEMSs9F8

15/09/21

Students are signing up for our exciting range of secondary co-curricular clubs, including STEAM Club, Juggling, Volleyball, Japanese, Rock Climbing and Language Club. Parents - watch out for permissions slips coming home this week! https://t.co/atYUzyj0CM https://t.co/6GJeQI4aWx

15/09/21

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What an inspiring and motivating day primary, spent learning more about how we can make small changes to gain bigger outcomes on a road to success! Thank you ! https://t.co/UPwqsFsEI5

13/09/21

Young people in London/Essex - the wants to see your vision of the future! Submit a creative piece exploring life in 96 years’ time– it could be art, a video, a story… anything! Shortlisted entries will be exhibited! For more info visit: https://t.co/eic4FfVITJ https://t.co/VhfySYd3WF

13/09/21

Today our primary and secondary student leadership teams met to present their vision for our academy https://t.co/vdBKplgLaQ

07/09/21

Open Mornings and Evening 2021 - come and meet our students and teachers. Full details of our open evening and mornings (including dates and times) are at https://t.co/Z8VL3DUIxi https://t.co/9ukVlTFP0v

05/09/21

Welcome Year 12! Head student, Daniella, introduces herself and her vision for the 6th form. https://t.co/M8YhiXJdRu

13/08/21

Well done to all our students celebrating their exam success this year. Kelsey, Quesser and Andy (pictured) achieved 13 grade 9s between them and an impressive collection of other top grades. . Details https://t.co/NUXoMhlzG2 https://t.co/JJULCer7or

10/08/21

Read how the Evening Standard covered the success of one of our students, Christian, after our A Level results were announced today. https://t.co/kED36DCvos https://t.co/dL9U4K7fSY

10/08/21

We are immensely proud of our A Level and vocational results and outcomes this year. Over 80% of our sixth formers are heading off to university, with a further 6+% of students having won places on competitive apprenticeship programmes. Full details https://t.co/9jIuV6Ym7P https://t.co/kzk2rTMvER

07/07/21

Harris Garrard Academy has been held up as a model of good practice by Department for Education (DfE) for the way we have adapted our curriculum to help students recover after disruption due to Covid. . Find out more https://t.co/YICtXA4M81 https://t.co/rzPHsZF6FH

07/07/21

Our Y11 Leavers did an incredible job of performing their GCSE Speaking and Listening speeches today to inspire all of Year 10 for their drop down day! Well done to all involved! https://t.co/RxKOUAzq75

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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!