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30/06/22

80 of our students from HGA with the most positive Harris Points were rewarded with a trip to today! Here we see Mr Carr taking on a student at air hockey... https://t.co/HP4gfvFNro

30/06/22

Plant life ! https://t.co/KSG8AABZVa

30/06/22

Year 7 students finding out about local history and STEM in the community at https://t.co/6rbFlbA0Ll

30/06/22

Year 8 students discovering local art and artists https://t.co/ENO0iNfXB0

30/06/22

Year 9 students with plant babies at RHS Wisley https://t.co/UmSBe2CoHd

30/06/22

Final Character Day of the year! Year 7 students enjoying the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich https://t.co/UtnxQBqyow

16/06/22

Our Student Eco-Council is looking forward to taking part in the Bexley Eco Festival 2022! Read about our Eco-Council at https://t.co/sOCDFBiUuH https://t.co/Mbd4G38FPI

14/06/22

Araceli and Halya, Year 4, are the winners of our KS2 poster competition, inspired by the ' aim of inspiring young people to be active. With over a 100 entries, our sports leaders had a tough judging process! Read more https://t.co/ToLt4Iog6c https://t.co/i267TpKEBz

13/06/22

After their recent title win, our primary basketball team set their eyes on challenging a teacher team to put their skills to the test. After two competitive and well-spectated matches, Team Children came out on top with 12-6 and 11-9 wins! https://t.co/DqMarztpZq

07/06/22

Congratulations to our students who took part in the UKMT Challenge 2022. We had three Silver and six Bronze certificates (Intermediate) and one Gold, three Silver and 26 Bronze certificates (junior). Fantastic work! Read more https://t.co/mblIhIZ3wK https://t.co/AGFArpPVjb

07/06/22

Our Outstanding Food Award goes to Jay, Year 10, for his creativity and skills in his Food Tech GCSE. Here are two of his restaurant-standard dishes: chicken katsu curry and cheesecake duo (matcha strawberry and vanilla mango). Yum! https://t.co/5iSsqX1O1m https://t.co/liHzXlYjhF

07/06/22

So proud of the effort our Year 11 are putting in at present. Attendance at our intervention sessions has been outstanding and we are sure this hard work will pay off in their exams. Great work, Year 11! https://t.co/czL6qMyTMc https://t.co/p78dXqK6A1

30/05/22

Congratulations to Aleksandra, who has finished her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), culminating in a fantastic presentation delivered in front of her EPQ supervisor, Mr McCann, her EPQ peers and the Sixth Form Team. Great work! Read more https://t.co/TctDWK8jff https://t.co/UEVCrYJCK3

30/05/22

Congratulations to sixth former Lydia for winning the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever Award. Lydia was nominated for her all-round commitment to her education and laser-sharp focus on her dream of becoming a doctor. Amazing work, Lydia! Read more at https://t.co/BhDBbc9T7T https://t.co/xpPCbeaorV

30/05/22

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Our have had the most fabulous start to their transition day at Primary. Thank you so much to the team and speakers here! https://t.co/3kMlpDjwk4

23/05/22

Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at https://t.co/yODJSl35al https://t.co/mf7naxlcZT

19/05/22

This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final. https://t.co/Q9ZyZiGz5X

17/05/22

We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy! https://t.co/TLmeHs0kvw

11/05/22

Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars! https://t.co/MXb09flSML https://t.co/sbEGwdXhxb

09/05/22

Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time https://t.co/qZH9MGyDCI

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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


Drop Everything and Read

Once every half-term, every student in KS3 ‘Drops Everything and Reads.’ At three points throughout the day, no matter what lesson is on their timetable, students spend fifteen minutes reading their personal reading book alongside their teacher. We believe it is crucial that students read fiction independently and regularly to develop a love of reading and literature.


Literacy in Action

Once a week, Year 7 students have a ‘Literacy in Action’ lesson whereby they build upon the language skills developed at KS2 and apply them to their reading of a work of fiction read together as a class. This allows student the opportunity to develop their understanding of grammatical constructs and language features whilst improving analytical skills more relevant to their learning at KS3.


Tutor-time Literacy

Each week, KS3 students spend 40 minutes engaging in literacy activities such as word scrambles, word roots, etymology as well as tasks involving more lateral thinking such as riddles and word puzzles. The literacy activities are specifically designed to work in conjunction with words included in the Bedrock Vocabulary learning cycles to help students broaden their vocabulary and practise applying them to both written and spoken communication.


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 the importance of reading regularly.


Bedrock Vocabulary

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 of challenging fiction and non-fiction texts, alongside extending their vocabulary to include a wide variety of Tier-2 vocabulary. All students are supported in their use of Bedrock vocabulary, alongside explicit vocabulary instruction across the school and curriculum. At Harris Garrard, we recognise how important vocabulary acquisition is to not only students’ reading ability, but also their overall expression and academic attainment.


Hackney LIT.

The Literacy Intervention Toolkit (LIT) is an extraordinarily effective teaching programme that employs evidence based strategies proven to increase progress in English and the wider curriculum for students identified as being most in need of support based on our NGRT testing. Students will receive intervention provided by trained specialists who will support students in reading comprehension, thinking and learning skills, which will strengthen their confidence so that they can work with greater independence and access the wider curriculum more successfully.


DebateMate

DebateMate aims to tackle educational disadvantages through the running of debating workshops in collaboration with schools. Students will have the opportunity to improve speaking and listening attainment and practise using higher-order thinking skills whilst improving non-cognitive abilities such as confidence, teamwork and leadership. Alongside reading and writing, oracy is a valuable strand of literacy that determines the ability of students to communicate effectively using spoken language. During the 17-week programme, mentors will help students develop the ability to speak eloquently, articulate ideas and thoughts, influence through talking, listen to others and have the confidence to express their views effectively. Students will then have the opportunity to put their skills to the test by entering two of the largest debating competitions in the UK.


Library

Our new and improved library will afford students every opportunity to indulge their love for reading. With soft-furnishings, newly designed browsing areas, study-hub spaces and over 30 new computers there is something for the avid reader and studious worker alike. All students will receive an induction into the new learning space and will benefit from the larger, more comfortable working environment on offer. Books are always available to check-out and read at home whilst larger reference books are accessible to students conducting research for coursework and projects; all students at Harris Garrard will have access to our wide range of books whenever they need them, a sign of our dedication in supporting our students with their scholarship.

Library 1

We have recently made considerable efforts to diversify our current library collection to reflect the values of inclusivity and acceptance promoted at the Harris Garrard Academy. We have expanded our collection by nearly 200 titles promoting authors, works and themes from black and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, a wider range of gender identities and those with disabilities. We want reading to be open to everyone, regardless of background, and hope to continuously improve our collection’s accessibility whilst nurturing our students’ readership.