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06/12/21

Guess who came to the HPAS Christmas Fair....Santa! https://t.co/m2TK4bYZ9l

06/12/21

Well done to the HPAS Choir for providing us with entertainment at the Fair on Saturday. You were amazing. https://t.co/btgF3y3dhS

06/12/21

Thank you to everyone who attended out Christmas Fair this weekend. It was an amazing event. A big thanks to our phenomenal PTA who organised it! What a success! https://t.co/102Sa3pSWN

03/12/21

Another day, another football tournament. Year 3 and 4 football teams played in the Harris inter-academy tournament this afternoon at . Another fantastic performance from the both teams. HPAS came second! https://t.co/W1pvjanAEu

03/12/21

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Great to host a football tournament for teams from and Well done to everyone for taking part! Well done to team for coming 1st https://t.co/xwJt5ggrS4

02/12/21

Thank you to for hosting the Year 5 and 6 inter-academy football tournament this afternoon. Team HPAS came second in the tournament. The teams played exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. https://t.co/7H50xNALlG

01/12/21

The Year 6 football team ready for another game! https://t.co/PTB6iiGR0h

01/12/21

Let the Christmas festivities begin! Years Rec to 3 are enjoying the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' this afternoon. Thank you to PATHS for contributing towards the cost of the show. The children are having a wonderful time. https://t.co/RO5xwkjij8

22/11/21

A 1:1 draw to the boys. They played very well - we are super proud of them!

22/11/21

Well Done to all our year 5 and 6 pupils who represented HPAS in the interschool cross country competition in Crystal Palace Park this weekend! You did such a fantastic job on a freezing Saturday morning! https://t.co/UMSNFcLJR4

22/11/21

Year 6 boys warming up for their second league match. https://t.co/45PWbTiaBC

19/11/21

Thank you to all our HPAS families who donated bottles of shampoo this week. We reached our target of 250 bottles, which were delivered to Bromley Brighter Beginnings last night. They will be used in the family Christmas hampers. https://t.co/lKlLvaoEEZ

16/11/21

This week is Road Safety Week and to help raise awareness, our JTAs led an assembly on how to safely cross a road. https://t.co/nH89iiCHNK

15/11/21

Thank you to our members of Pupil Parliament who accompanied Mrs Howell at the Remembrance Day Service at St Mary's Church this Sunday. It was a wonderful service. A moment of reflection and calm. https://t.co/o8CPsELObo

15/11/21

The HPAS girls’ football team are still smiling despite losing the first football match they have ever played as a team. They showed massive improvement over the course of the game and were determined throughout. Well done girls! https://t.co/joj5ASCofb

09/11/21

Year 6 played their first football match today. They played brilliantly, and were 3-1 up for most of the match. We were unlucky to lose 4-3 in the final minute. Well done boys. https://t.co/44vqfuDKzy

08/11/21

Team HPAS played their second netball match today. It was another loss but the team showed a massive improvement over the course of the match. https://t.co/1dixtcV1zC

15/10/21

Year 2 enjoyed their final DT lesson of the term - applying their knowledge of axles to make moving toys. They then evaluated their finished products. https://t.co/akLfPJlrTV

15/10/21

Our Year 6 Junior Travel Ambassadors have been busy this week attending the JTA Virtual Training and Investiture Day. They learnt about their new role in promoting safe and active travel. Look out for the competitions and assemblies that our JTAs will lead on. https://t.co/xhXIXWvd9Y

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English

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.