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15/10/19

Year 8 team B Girls netball showed determination and resilience throughout their match today ... they lost 6-4 https://t.co/x28YBnEWhZ

15/10/19

Year 8 Girls A played extremely well against Bexley Grammar school today ... with a 6-5 win https://t.co/E8iiL6hpMV

11/10/19

Absolutely!

11/10/19

Congratulations to Ms Donohoe for her Transforming Lives Award! We couldn’t do it without you! https://t.co/lewOykSF2m

11/10/19

Congratulations to Mr Sheppard for winning this year’s primary Transforming Lives Award for his support and empathy with children and staff. https://t.co/DNSq88tXUz

11/10/19

Great idea!

11/10/19

This is what it’s all for. Harris in Harmony performing to an audience of over 4000 people! https://t.co/Q0bzy3jbAz

11/10/19

Harris Garrard has made it in to the top 10% of schools nationally for the progress made by our students! https://t.co/6BGgEh7Nlx

11/10/19

Here we go! The 12th annual Harris Federation Conference. All staff from every Harris academy is here today!#learningchangeslives https://t.co/H0eTUHHV43

08/10/19

Marshmallows and a campfire; is there a better way to spend an evening? https://t.co/Wb50K5161x

08/10/19

Wowsers! Watch Tyler take the Leap of Faith today at the year 6 residential! Would you have the courage to do it? https://t.co/4zhVminRlg

08/10/19

Outdoor survival! Working as a team while building dens and shelters! https://t.co/7l7zxv2Wha

08/10/19

Eeek! Abseiling time at Kingswood! https://t.co/RxVqRZt8OT

07/10/19

Outdoor learning changes lives! Conquering our fears and summoning courage to tackle the zip wire! https://t.co/9P5hKMRAam

07/10/19

Breakfast time! Timothy enjoying the wonders of hash browns for the first time! We’re looking forward to all of our activities today! https://t.co/7Wj7X7MER0

06/10/19

Some action shots of our Year 6s scaling the indoor climbing wall! https://t.co/icC84vW153

06/10/19

🥘 We’ve worked up an appetite after all of that indoor climbing and orienteering! Mini-olympics for tonight’s post-dinner activity! 🧗‍♀️ https://t.co/M2cF0Jol3Z

06/10/19

Character is key! We had to dig deep to solve the orienteering challenge today! Now, time for dinner! https://t.co/PwILmTfRZx

06/10/19

Second word found on our orienteering challenge! Well done Mrs Main for keeping up with the Quackers Treasure Trackers! https://t.co/BPHgqKUN2g

06/10/19

Year 6 have arrived safe and sound to Kingswood! We’ll update the twitter account during the day and once in the evening! See you all soon! https://t.co/Jbt2tr5U3X

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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.