Twitter

09/02/21

Our very own Sid in Year 2 has received a certificate from Millwall FC for the artwork he submitted to the Millwall Supporters’ Club. Fantastic effort Sid! https://t.co/8Hra2AdmOC

09/02/21

Reuben in Reception made a printed t-shirt with dragons for last week’s ‘Express Yourself’ wellbeing challenge. It’s brilliant Reuben! https://t.co/GXkKAXu6aI

09/02/21

A wonderful piece of artwork by Harshitha in Year 3 entitled ‘Express Yourself’. It’s so bright and colourful- Well done Hashitha! https://t.co/VU1Ke98RMX

07/02/21

Here is Bethel sharing her ideas on what she is doing to build her self confidence. She believes in herself! Bethel hopes her ideas will help others. It’s fantastic Bethel! https://t.co/rpuSuOTFzb

26/01/21

Click on the link below to watch our principal explaining our curriculum intent https://t.co/rHP7azdmm6 via

03/09/20

This is fantastic Ryan! Thank you for spreading kindness 😍

06/07/20

Sid was really chuffed to receive Star of the Week for all his hard work last week! Well done Sid! https://t.co/yUm0Y1EVnh

22/06/20

And the winner of the cupcake challenge is Maisie in Year 1 - star baker!! Well done 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Bv8Cc5pKym

22/06/20

Well done Beth!!

22/06/20

Yummy courgette and lemon cupcakes made by Asha in Year 2 😋 https://t.co/5DqgMnaEvg

22/06/20

It’s not too late to donate to our just giving page for the Alzheimer’s Society. https://t.co/TnEE3Iy604

22/06/20

Daniel in reception had a great time making cupcakes for Cupcake day! The winner will be announced later today. https://t.co/LYuoXX3Uy6

22/06/20

Today is . There is a Lambeth sing along at 10:27am this morning, if you would like to join in. 10:27am is the exact time the first ship arrived. Follow the link for more info - https://t.co/UrmdHoDH2M

19/06/20

A well deserved star of the week for Lanre in Year 4 who has worked incredibly hard throughout the school closures and kept the routine of breakfast, wash then school uniform before starting home learning. Well done Lanre!! 👏 👏👏 https://t.co/YNeU8OACsD

19/06/20

Reuben made some cupcakes too! https://t.co/DGaNRppwcG

19/06/20

More delicious cupcakes for this week’s challenge. The winner will be announced on Monday! https://t.co/9h8WKtKPMn

19/06/20

Fantastic Science learning!

19/06/20

Those look delicious 😋

15/06/20

Maisie in Year 1 has been busy! Those cupcakes look delicious! https://t.co/UhKumbU4UA

15/06/20

Mahek and Viaan have been busy over the last few weeks watching caterpillars turn into butterflies! https://t.co/QljmlxSOdJ

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.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

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.