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17/06/21

Come to a free NHS webinar focused on the emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11+ in . For parents and care givers. Monday 21st June, 7 - 8.30pm. https://t.co/j66gqAW1Ny

12/06/21

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Delighted for and so proud of our Director of Secondary Education- Carolyn English awarded an OBE today. So deserved, thank you for all you do for our students. Congratulations 🥳 👏🏽🙌🏼

28/05/21

There will always be challenges ahead but we all stand together knowing ‘Learning Changes Lives’. Good luck class of 2021! https://t.co/N2CEHKV5cu

28/05/21

Rewards week at the Academy. Congratulations to students who have won iPads for their efforts. https://t.co/Z8Z8DMBUdv

19/05/21

All students and staff at HGA thoroughly enjoyed DEAR Day today, three opportunities throughout the day to DROP EVERYTHING and just READ! https://t.co/pY0HLEvYrQ

19/03/21

What’s this! It’s our super HGA staff chosen by students as their superheroes! I couldn’t agree more! Not all heroes wear capes! https://t.co/UKG8pKSP0f

19/03/21

Of all the heroes our students have chosen to celebrate for we feel this one deserves special mention. Mason here celebrating our hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. Not all heroes wear capes. https://t.co/TiNjQbmycp

19/03/21

Today at we are celebrating our keyworker heroes! - Here Y4 send a huge thank you to our wonderful nurses, doctors and police officers. https://t.co/KaQmhKEfUS

12/03/21

The March edition of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, is out now. This issue is on , with articles and poems by students in Years 8-11 and creative writing by primary students. In partnership with . Download your copy at https://t.co/npPg3qsNuX https://t.co/LaPY9ZSFr7

12/03/21

A massive thank you to our testing team. Not a single positive case and with their support HGA is safely fully open. https://t.co/DskPC8rp8b

08/03/21

We welcomed year 11, 13 and all of our primary students back today. Students in classrooms, back where they belong. https://t.co/GxkKgxy1T9

08/03/21

Creative Voice are taking the flag pole this half term. After an amazing effort from everyone at HGA, Creative Voice topped the leaderboard for online attendance! Well done all! https://t.co/C7BcBdnvQT

22/02/21

Retweetd From National Careers Week

𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘞𝘦𝘦𝘬 2021. 1st - 6th March. Take part in the 𝙗𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 celebration of 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 across the UK! Everything you need to make a great week is available here: https://t.co/gzdACsPPT7 What are you waiting for? https://t.co/ilaKMjJ0nz

19/02/21

Our new flag delivery today. As a community we stand strongest together. Together we can achieve anything. https://t.co/zxy5ylnLUJ

08/02/21

A lovely snowy day at HGA today https://t.co/3WUyGryRuq

04/02/21

Retweetd From Place2Be

This (1-7 Feb), help your pupils to explore the different ways they can express themselves. 🎨 🎭 ✍️ 🎵 Our free school resources can be adapted for use in school, home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. 👉 https://t.co/hIppsAFQQP https://t.co/jtFzmuJpv0

04/02/21

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., , , and have shown us some things should be done alone 😬. Dealing with our mental wellbeing isn't one of them. is here to support you with whatever you're going through. https://t.co/9dwMjoIDwj. https://t.co/0k1iS4Pxjz

29/01/21

Retweetd From The Times

Children will take more than a year to catch up with their education, Boris Johnson admitted yesterday, as he promised £300 million for extra tuition, summer schools and a “Covid premium” https://t.co/WZAb3ZSvBI

26/01/21

Need support accessing remote learning? Please email remotelearning.org.uk. We know it can be frustrating if you can't access the learning that is available, so we will do our best to help you. https://t.co/xbV5XD9goc

19/01/21

Congratulations to Active Science who take the flag pole for this half term. They the leading hub for Harris Points. Well done everyone whose hard work is earning those points, even from home! https://t.co/hl7p4FjI4k

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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 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.