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14/10/20

Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more https://t.co/hfAVDIk4de

12/10/20

Announcement Winter PE Kit - A Quick Reminder for Parents https://t.co/Ho2vK3YWf9

01/10/20

The first of our Days this year takes place on Fri 9th Oct, for years 7-11. Activities on offer include sessions on relaxation, coping strategies, reframing negative thinking and the beauty of being unique! Find out more https://t.co/Cgc9uqTz3H https://t.co/pL0cfci24D

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

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Literacy

Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others.

We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing, and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas. 

We owe it to our students to give them the very best literacy skills in order to improve their chances in life, and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose. We adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole academy responsibility and not just that of the English department. We also invite you to join us in developing your child's literacy at home.  


Secondary Library

We've recently moved our library to a large, newly-refurbished room, to cope with growing demand from students. The library has a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books, with fiction organised by genre (such as crime, adventure, classics, fantasy) and non-fiction categorised by the dewey decimal system.

Library 1

We also have the HGA literary canon - a selection of books that are recommended for students to read before they leave school (see below) - and a Equality and Diversity section featuring BAME authors and topics relating to LGBTQ, Gender and Disability.

There is also a selection of subject-specific study guides for the students to use, and around 30 computers for homework or research.


HGA Literary Canon

Harris Garrard Academy has its own 'Literary Canon' to promote a love of reading canonical texts. There are 100 incredible books on the Literary Canon list: 50 for Key Stages 4 and 5, and 50 for Key Stage 3.

Download the Key Stage 3 Literary Canon

Download the Key Stage 4-5 Literary Canon

Every student has a reading journal to start working their way through the canon and reading the books, and we give out prizes in awards assembly for those that have read the most books on the canon. Teachers are also read books on the canon to discuss with students and review them for a 'Canon book of the week'.


Drop Everything and Read

Once a fortnight, every student in KS3 ‘Drops Everything and Reads.’ This means that whatever lesson is on their timetable, they spend it reading their own personal reading book whilst their teacher reads too. We believe it is crucial that students read fiction independently and regularly to develop a love of reading and literature.

“For at least an hour every fortnight, the whole Academy, staff as well as students, will drop everything and read to encourage reading for pleasure,” said Head of Academy, Steve West.

DEAR lessons always end with 20 minutes of written reflection or spoken oracy to build student’s spoken communication skills.


Tutor reading

Once a week, a 40-minute period of tutor time is dedicated to students reading their ‘Tutor Group Reader’ as a class along with their tutor. This creates a shared reading experience amongst the tutor group, and the texts selected are chosen for their enjoyment, challenge, and capacity to build cultural capital. After reading as a tutor group, students read their own independent reading books to pursue their own interests. We have committed weekly time to this to emphasise to students how important it is to read regularly.


Bedrock Vocabulary

At Harris Garrard Academy, we recognise how important vocabulary acquisition is not only to students’ reading ability, but also to their overall expression and academic attainment.

Every child in the academy has access to Bedrock Vocabulary as their weekly home-learning. Bedrock Vocabulary is a computer-based e-learning website which develops students' reading skills through challenging fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as extending their vocabulary to include a wide variety of Tier-2 vocabulary. All students are supported in their use of Bedrock Vocabulary, as well as receiving explicit vocabulary instruction across the school and curriculum.