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11/11/18

Our Pupil Parliament attended the Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Shortlands today and then laid a wreath from HPAS at the War Memorial.#BritishLegion https://t.co/roYV7J87UZ

06/11/18

Our Year 1 children were honoured to welcome the Mayor of Bromley to HPAS today. We were very proud of the questions they asked her about her important role. https://t.co/QHwZ6iiRDU

05/10/18

Thank you Harris for a very inspirational conference today.

05/10/18

So proud of our very own Mrs Hooper who won an award today for Transforming Lives as a Support Staff member. https://t.co/plTZPcgP7m

05/10/18

06/07/18

Sports Day afternoon activities. https://t.co/i0evjzgK7Q

06/07/18

Sports Day afternoon activities https://t.co/5cxTgH0A0s

06/07/18

SPORTS DAY afternoon activities https://t.co/0Dk29NQ2Gw

27/06/18

Reminder: Please remember to sign and return your Sports Day reply slip. Thank you.

25/06/18

We’re proud to announce that we’ve achieved the bronze level School Games Mark award. https://t.co/D3rIMEBuYP

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

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

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

Retweetd From Harris Federation

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

18/04/16

Retweetd From Harris Federation

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

Retweetd From UK Prime Minister

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

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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.