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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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Literacy

At Harris Garrard Academy we understand how important good literacy is for your child's development and life choices.  

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.  


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, Dan Smith.

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.