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05/12/18

We can't wait to see the Christmas Nativity shows in a few weeks' time! Got to make sure Ms Brand's voice keeps going until then! https://t.co/20hzQyJLXc

04/12/18

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Day 3 of with led by Executive Principal of Chris Everitt | enjoying listening to Lohengrin in the corridors over lunch https://t.co/Uy3NbrugOV

01/12/18

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Mince pies and Q&A ! Monday 10th December from 4.30pm https://t.co/PKvaFu3N05

30/11/18

An amazing music lesson taking place at HGA. teaching different rhythms using claps and playing new notes. https://t.co/2aB1et0N7E

22/11/18

We're pleased to announce the Yr5/6 Carol Concert will be at St. Augustine's Church in Belvedere. Check the newsletter for details! https://t.co/G24hsJJIk2

15/11/18

Alfie is our playground king after beating Mr Smith on our new mega board. "This was the first time I've played Mr Smith," says Alfie. "It was a bit of an achievement for me. I knew he'd be a challenge." Top work, Alfie! https://t.co/bjAij6pDwK

15/11/18

Come to our Sixth Form Open Event, Weds 21 Nov, 5-7pm. At Harris Garrard Academy, Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, DA18 4DW. Discover all the the fantastic opportunities on offer. Find out more at https://t.co/tQ4PiT9fSJ https://t.co/Jg6iCfAbNL

13/11/18

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Inspiring words for the students at ! It's such a privilege to be able to visit our during their ! https://t.co/ARkRif5TPU

09/11/18

Our KS2 netballers won their match tonight 24-0! They were aiming for 26 goals! High expectations even when winning at HGA!

08/11/18

The tables have turned: English teachers being the students learning about the writing and influence of Jekyll and Hyde. https://t.co/yK3U8Lfo7a

08/11/18

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We're looking for a . Interested? Find out more and apply today: https://t.co/XTcXdk0Bjm https://t.co/MoQoUMsArA

08/11/18

We've a new Code of Conduct for our students when they are out and about in the community. We are always looking for ways to further improve and develop our links with the local community. Let us know what you think. Read the Code of Conduct here https://t.co/J6A2Xsj8Kt https://t.co/Unq7pOybNr

07/11/18

and are two just of our popular extra-curricular clubs this year. See a complete list at https://t.co/CLPTw3VhAQ including and . Loads to enjoy! https://t.co/rd3QuT8fJ1

05/11/18

Year 11 spent Saturday afternoon enjoying an excellent production of Blood Brothers in preparation for their GCSE. Thanks so much for having us and good luck to all our students sitting mock examinations this week! https://t.co/5zmk0pIs5S

17/10/18

The coach is currently en route through lots of traffic. Looking at a 5.20pm arrival. Thanks for your patience.

17/10/18

Year 6 residential update: looking to be back around 5pm depending on the traffic. See you all soon!

16/10/18

These are just tasters of their amazing time! Have a look through our weekly newsletter for more; it comes out every Friday!

16/10/18

Don't worry she'll be home tomorrow!

16/10/18

Victory! A delicious feast prepared for our evacuees for their VE party tonight! https://t.co/c38Hjof1XN

16/10/18

Our year 6 evacuees exploring wartime recipes at Hooke Court! https://t.co/5sExUMArfR

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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 - 2018-19 term 2

Year 8 Knowledge Organiser - 2018-19 term 2

Year 9 Knowledge Organiser - 2018-19 term 2

Year 10 Knowledge Organiser - 2018-19 term 2

Year 11 Knowledge Organiser - 2018-19 term 2

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.

Science (Year 11)

We asked Year 11 to describe a detailed method to investigate how pH affects enzyme action. Read Simran’s method, which we loved because it is detailed and includes all measurements and units.


Science (Year 7)

For homework we asked Year 7 students to create their own posters about safety in science lessons. Kaden made a massive effort to include entertaining images to catch people’s eyes, as well as practical advice. Well done Kaden!

Science Kayden 16.10.18


Science (Year 8)

We asked students to describe the differences between two models of our solar system. Miss Ferran felt Dilcy's work, shown below, was so exceptional because she took the time to include her own research sources.

Science Dilcy 16.10.18


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