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26/03/20

Remember to collect your learning packs from the primary office! Also have a look at this free resource now available to you all... https://t.co/6g6IcsdS1g

22/03/20

Retweetd From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

22/03/20

Retweetd From The Body Coach

😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤️ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters ❤️ https://t.co/ioFGeFRpuK

20/03/20

A busy library today as our students ensure they have plenty of reading material to keep them busy over the closure period! https://t.co/ybS5nP4knB

20/03/20

Key worker parents - please see this important information on our website. Thank you. https://t.co/fmxp5o6mBG

19/03/20

So proud of you...

19/03/20

Retweetd From Ryan Manning

So so proud of the Y11s I worked with today who, despite all the uncertainty, still came in, still wanted to do the mock paper we planned, still want our feedback. You are amazing! 💪🤩🙌 https://t.co/kDZQku66eK

17/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers, In the light of the dynamic and changing nature of the situation regarding coronavirus Covid-19, we have created a remote working support area on our website for secondary pupils. Find out more https://t.co/vYUIb7zS9Y

17/03/20

Parents/Carers - Please note that any new information from the school about coronavirus, including details of possible school closures, can be found at https://t.co/r91RP67GNr. This will always have the very latest information. Thank you.

11/03/20

Retweetd From KMagliocco.306

A-may-zing!!! LONDON Youth Games in three sports- netball, basketball and rugby; super proud of our Thamesmead Titans!! https://t.co/ZyfWEIdHQW

11/03/20

We can’t wait! https://t.co/WqtWZGzrTD

09/03/20

Wowsers! We’ve done it! 3 finals won and we’re going to represent at the in 3 different disciplines! https://t.co/Cj8vUIWY0e

05/03/20

To celebrate World Book Day, Year 8 had a fantastic time today in creative writing workshops and assemblies led by published author - well done Jake and Amy for winning a free signed copy of Reni's book! Thanks for coming in Reni! https://t.co/YV7qgp9oTB

05/03/20

Students raised £182 for through a Readathon earlier this term, to help buy new books for every major children’s hospital in the UK. “There are people out there who don't have books,” said Leila, Year 4. "I love reading so it was a fun way to raise money.”

05/03/20

Our six student Wellbeing Ambassadors visited the primary phase yesterday to talk to younger students about and . Well done to our ambassadors Kai, Amandeep, Rubie, Mia, Kimari and Sonnie. Read more https://t.co/buPDfpZQSh https://t.co/ObIJtChG4h

04/03/20

Well done Year 11 - you worked hard today in your poetry lectures and masterclasses revising the Power & Conflict poetry! https://t.co/vBDtusVPrl

04/03/20

🏉 Rugby update! 🏉 The children have made it through to the next round- they will subsequently be back a little late. Estimated ETA is 5.50pm.

28/02/20

Year 8 enjoy an assembly by Crossness Pumping Station on and the ahead of our next Character Day. Thank you . https://t.co/40oY7y2lSS

26/02/20

Thank you to you, Mrs Chandhoke and Ms Singleton for coming to watch us! https://t.co/3rHg2avjI9

26/02/20

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

Belmont, Harris Garrard & St Fidelis competed in the 3v3 Basketball Finals today. Some outstanding skills on display & great team work shown by all 3 teams. Congratulations to who now go to London Finals

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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.