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26/04/16

As requested by parents, we host Learning Reviews every month so families can see their children's learning https://t.co/qpcoZxP74n

25/04/16

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Our is about to begin with a fantastic line up of presenters tonight to share their ideas and expertise. https://t.co/xBTvZVkFMZ

24/04/16

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18-22 April 2016 Harris Academies 'The week in pictures'. https://t.co/9VvJXc22bg

18/04/16

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In case you haven't seen Harris Academies 'week in pictures' https://t.co/kJIBDWI5gg

18/04/16

Exciting learning ready to go in our Reception classes this morning https://t.co/tq6LKI0a0u

16/04/16

Problem-solving in the sunshine this week https://t.co/rj5bjddFwV

04/04/16

No Easter holidays for our amazing builders Look at our new Reception outside area taking shape! https://t.co/dxH4tyeG1D

24/03/16

Another amazing school trip this week: Year 1 at Chessington Zoo https://t.co/ZUWaR3TM2N

20/03/16

Our own Miss Clarke and Ms Kelly taking part in the Harris governor conference. https://t.co/NcU2cdS1uN

20/03/16

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14-18 March: , Felixstowe port 100 days , reception & https://t.co/HVUygvLJTX

16/03/16

A brilliant day seeing the dinosaurs . We are so proud of their outstanding behaviour! https://t.co/DqbVBj89ya

16/03/16

Reception trip to the Natural History Museum! 49 super-excited children ready to see DINOSAURS!

12/03/16

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Valuable afternoon spent moderating with our lovely colleagues from

09/03/16

An exciting and innovative way of supporting children's learning and growth - glad you enjoyed! https://t.co/8dQwjqUBWS

03/03/16

Retweetd From World Book Day UK

Only kidding! Today is WORLD BOOK DAY! The biggest, bookiest day of the year https://t.co/RQi8ZLtcaC

02/03/16

Only one more sleep until

29/02/16

The posters went up today! Looking forward to seeing everyone's costumes https://t.co/27R1xEOkbb

27/02/16

Retweetd From Dr Simon Davey

Helping transform the playground at - an enjoyable Saturday morning

27/02/16

What do the families like to do on a Saturday? Come into school and help transform our playground! https://t.co/IrhnCH9szC

26/02/16

Friday afternoon = Art party! https://t.co/C0QSJVGqb6

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Literacy

Harris Primary Academy Shortlands has a specialism in literacy. We chose literacy because we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through traditional phonics and children are encouraged to read for pleasure and take books home. 

Phonics

Phonics is the method used in most primary schools to teach children to read. It teaches children the 44 sounds used in the English language and then the letter or letters which make those sounds. Children are taught to apply this knowledge for both reading and spelling words. In Reception, children have daily teaching sessions for phonics and this continues into Key Stage 1.

Reading

As well as taking part in daily phonics sessions, children are given opportunities to read every day either with an adult or independently. Children also have stories read to them frequently in class and books are often the basis for an entire unit of work.

Reading books are sent home with the children at a level which matches their phonic understanding so they can continue practising at home. They are also allowed to take home other books to read with an adult as this helps develop a love of reading as well as improving their understanding and comprehension. Research has shown the significant positive impact that reading at home can have on children’s ability and understanding so we encourage families to read with their children on a daily basis.

Writing

Children are taught spelling, handwriting and writing for purpose. Some of this is delivered as part of the daily phonics sessions and also as part of the focused and independent learning activities.

We use a cursive handwriting script which teaches children the correct letter formations and also the different families of letter joins.

In Reception, children are given opportunities to write for different purposes e.g. shopping lists, instructions, stories and captions. Writing is encouraged in a range of contexts in order to engage all children.