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18/07/18

The competition is heating up in Battle of the Bookworms. Taking place NOW. May the odds be ever in your favour! Find out more... https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd https://t.co/NfMtBUmURv

18/07/18

The stage is set for our Battle of the Bookworms final after school today. £250 to the winners of our literary quiz! Come and watch... Good luck to our six finalist teams: Active Readers; Hopes and Dreams; All Tea All Shade; Les Petty’s; Homophones; and To Read or Not to Read. https://t.co/EuWh4nNOmY

17/07/18

So much talent at our Summer Soirée last night... Thank you to the students, teachers and parents that supported the wonderful performances. https://t.co/NmHVccnmRS

03/07/18

Thank you for bringing in your instruments and showing us the different families. We love working together with to help bring music to students https://t.co/A5xd2SQpaU

02/07/18

Berlin travel update. Students are crossing from Calais to Dover now, estimated to arrive back at the Academy at 10.15-10.30pm. The secondary car park will be open half an hour before where parents can wait for the coaches, which will pull into the secondary car park. Thank you.

02/07/18

Our Year 10 Berlin trip students are now on a replacement coach and heading to Calais from Germany, following the break down of our bus. We'll give you an updated time of arrival as soon as we can. All students fine and in good spirits!

02/07/18

More pics from days 3 and 4 of our Year 10 to Berlin https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA https://t.co/zjq3XrMp0w

02/07/18

Year 10 Berlin Trip return. Due to a mechanical fault on the bus the students are currently delayed in western Germany. We are waiting for a replacement bus but everyone is well and in fine spirits! We will message again with a revised ETA in the UK asap.

01/07/18

Pics from day 2 of our Year 10 Berlin trip are at https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA. The focus of today has been resistance and terror in Nazi Germany, including a moving visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. https://t.co/L1Z8xVXnSA

30/06/18

Year 10 are on their way to Berlin! More pics and reports at https://t.co/DvkweXkKZE https://t.co/LQvAU6sKBl

28/06/18

Get the latest news from Harris Garrard Academy. Our July 2018 newsletter is at https://t.co/Xj4h0F9dXk https://t.co/aYU6zbw1yW

26/06/18

The heats of our 2018 Battle of the Competition take place after school in the drama hall, 10-12 July. 16 teams competing to answer questions on their favourite . Find out more https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd. https://t.co/xzlQ1KAAjs

22/06/18

Read this week's Primary Newsletter, with loads of news and useful info for parents. Year 6 have been learning about Ancient Greece and making their own Grecian pots! Read this week's newsletter at https://t.co/ZtRRvg8zxb https://t.co/O10KZSiRRk

21/06/18

Look at our amazing catering team supporting England whilst serving St. George cakes and a tasty roast! https://t.co/J2aZ88Jpv2

20/06/18

A fitting end to our year 12 English tour, attempting the quick crossword on the journey back to the academy. Thanks to and for their historical and literary marvels. https://t.co/EJ4xQ05FGA

20/06/18

Our Year 12 students have just finished their -themed tour at . Thank you for having us! https://t.co/EMtqrDPoh6

20/06/18

Year 12 literary tour of London begins at the Treasures of the exhibition. Highlight so far: Bronte’s handwriting, which is microscopic! https://t.co/Z9dNJZKZ9g

18/06/18

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is the theme of the latest issue of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, just published today! Includes fantastic about the high seas by primary students . Download your free copy now https://t.co/Uok4zmL6XL https://t.co/G7bxINueTx

18/06/18

Billie and Peter have entered our Creative Writing Competition. And you can too! Open to all students... Find out more at https://t.co/A06fuPBjAB. Closing date 29 June 2018 https://t.co/gUBEL1kSE6

18/06/18

'Life and learning should be a festival of the mind,' Socrates. Welcome to Ms Price from , pet therapy dog Monty and who are here to deliver the exciting Amazing Brains project - encompassing the wonders of comedy with the foundations of science! https://t.co/TdIzmEazGZ

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Homework

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners. This page explains why homework matters, and provides links to our current homework booklets.


Why homework matters - five key reasons

As the world of education changes, homework is more important than ever. So, what are the five most important reasons homework is important in modern education?

  1. GCSE courses are moving away from ‘controlled assessments’ and modular exams to a greater emphasis on end of course exams.  As this happens, it is essential pupils become independent learners at as early an age as possible.
  2. With the emergence of the internet, information is more readily available than any other time in history. Relevant, investigative, homework tasks inspire pupils to explore this wealth of information for themselves.
  3. Beyond academic success, important life skills can be learnt through independent study. Only by working without the support of teachers can pupils learn how to self-manage and find answers for themselves.
  4. It isn’t the work completed in class that will ultimately decide pupils’ GCSE results. It’s the hours at home or in the library that allow pupils to hone the knowledge and skills required for success.
  5. Homework can be fun! It’s an opportunity for parents and other adults to take an active interest in what their child is doing.

Homework booklets - download here

Each term we produce homework booklets (which we call 'Knowledge Organisers') for each year, outlining what homework is expected on each day, for a whole term. Students are given a copy of their Knowledge Organisers to keep but the ones for this term can also be downloaded below.

Year 7 Knowledge Organiser - 2017-18 term 4

Year 8 Knowledge Organiser - 2017-18 term 4

Year 9 Knowledge Organiser - 2017-18 term 4

Year 10 Knowledge Organiser - 2017-18 term 4

Year 11 Knowledge Organiser - 2017-18 term 4

The timetable follows a one week cycle, so it is the same each week. It states the night that your child should complete their homework for each subject, and gives a recommended minimum time for each homework. Students should be spending the following time on homework each evening:

Year 7, 8 and 9 – 2 hours
Years 10 and 11 – 3 hours

You can download our homework policy and timetable from our Teaching and Learning page. The homework timetable shows the nights in which homework should be attempted by students. It may be set and collected on other days according to when their lessons appear on the timetable.

If you have any questions about how you can further support your child with homework, please contact the academy.


Homework and classwork portfolio

To give you an idea of the standard of homework and classwork completed by students in Years 7-11, we'll be adding examples here throughout the year. See work by our primary phase students.


Maths (Year 7)

We asked students to use coordinates to draw 2D shapes on the x and y axis. Here's Gerald's very carefully drawn work.

Maths homework Gerald


Food Preparation and Nutrition (Year 9)

Chloe shows her fantastic breadmaking skills. Chloe made an assortment of breads during a one hour lesson where students demonstrated the use of microorganisms in food production. She increased the nutritive value of the breads by adding seeds,  mozzerella cheese, dried fruits and herbs. Chloe was Star Baker of the Week!

Homework food 1

Chloe glazed the breads before baking to improve the finishing.

Homework food 2


Art and Design (Year 13)

In response to the theme “Transformation”, develop a set of self-portraits in the style of one of the artists provided.

Here's Rosie's artwork.

Art Rosie Ando Year 13


Art and Design (Year 10)

Based on your initial artists’ research on the artist Francis Bacon, produce your own response using the artists’ style, your own photography and transform your own identity.

Here's Liana's artwork.

Art Liana Nguyen (3)

Art Liana Nguyen (2)


Art and Design (Year 11)

Produce an A1 painting in the style of the Futurist Movement. Your piece must show your knowledge and understanding of depth, movement, motion and incorporate the human form within it.

Here's Tilly's artwork

Art Year 11 Tilly

And Zoe's artwork.

Art Zoe Year 11


Spanish (Year 7)

Translate sentences from Spanish to English. This includes recently learned words and phrases. Jael’s work is particularly good as it shows that the student has clearly understood the newly learned verb ‘gustar’ – to like – and correctly translated its uses in various sentences. The adjectives are also translated correctly and Jael has shown a good understanding of the activities people take part in in their free time. Furthermore, the work is tidy.

Spanish homework example 22.11.17


History (Year 8)

Write a historical, factual account of Henry VIII’s problems. Amal’s excellent narrative gives specific details that are well explained.

Homework History 22.11.17


History (Year 8)

Write description of slavery. Use examples from ancient and more modern times. Explain how there were different types of slaves in Ancient Rome, giving examples of the work they did and the status they could achieve. What are the two inferences you make about the Middle Passage from this source? Andy's excellent work shows a student’s early progression in a historical topic as well as the depth of the knowledge he has learned elsewhere before being taught the topic.

History andy 221117


French (Year 9)

Write a paragraph about a perfect or disastrous night out. Karolina has written this paragraph in the past tense describing the excitement and disappointment of a customer doing her shopping.  This work is special as it shows the student’s ability to manipulate the verbs in past tense. This homework is showing the students’ creativity in writing in French using complex sentences.

French homework 211117


History (Year 9)

Year 9 students were asked to explain why there was continuity in ideas about the cause of disease during the period 1250-1500. Oliver's answer below shows an excellent understanding of the concept of continuity in ideas, with points well explained and linked to historical evidence.

History oliver


PE (Year 10)

Students have worked really hard this term and produced some excellent work. Here you can download two assignments about rules in table tennis and football as examples of the high quality of work the students are producing. Download Seun's assignment. Download Rameez's assignment.


Design and Technology (Year 7)

Jodie has drawn this pillar drill we used today in class. She has annotated and described clearly all the safety features that we must be aware of and use.

Dt jodie

She's made a successful foray into 3D representation, a technique that should be encouraged. The layout shows a good balance between drawn and written elements and colour is sensitively applied. There's good use of higher level words correctly incorporated into sentences (e.g. ‘recessed’, ‘protruding’, ‘differ’). Well done Jodie.


ICT (Year 8)

We asked students to create an e-safety poster explaining how to be safe online. Katie produced an informative poster explaining how to be safe online and also used appropriate images. Well done Katie! Download Katie's poster.

Ict katie e saftey poster


English Literature (Year 10)

Students were asked to complete an essay exploring the concept of evil in the character of Mr Hyde. As a 'stretch' task, students could include ideas from Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil to explore theories of evil during the Victorian era. Caitlin planned and completed her essay incorporating higher order stretch tasks within a one hour lesson. It demonstrates the amount of work that can be completed within a lesson, with perfect presentation and organised learning. Download Caitlin's essay.

English caitlin 25917