A beautiful, peaceful morning in Devon. Year Six slept brilliantly and woke up announcing it had been the best sleep of their lives! Ready for our last day of activities!


Excellent climbing skills as well as superb encouragement, support and teamwork on display at indoor climbing this afternoon!


We're delighted the sun is shining again just in time for morning activities!


The second full day of activities has begun for Year Six! They slept well through some stormy weather and are revived and ready for paddle boarding and indoor climbing!


Group C enjoyed bushcraft this afternoon. They built dens, learned how to start campfires and, most importantly, made smores! Now time for dinner and an evening quiz!


Fantastic teamwork on display in this morning's raft building session and we enjoyed our dip in the sea! Off to coasteering after lunch!


Year Six are ready to explore after a good night's sleep! Raft building and coasteering for Group A and B, while group C take on bushcraft, orienteering and archery!


Ready for bed after a fantastic first day of our Year Six camp!


Time for some football after dinner!


After a long journey, year six have arrived in Devon for their residential trip! Their behaviour and enthusiasm throughout the journey was fantastic and they are now touring the site before their first activity!


This morning, some members of Pupil Parliament planted a special tree to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's platinum jubilee. We will all be able to watch it grow over the coming months and years!


Thank you to our Young Voices choir for performing at at our Jubilee Celebrations!


Our pupils enjoyed a summer picnic last week to celebrate the Jubilee! Thank you to PATHS for organising such a delicious cream tea!


This afternoon, a group of pupil parliament representatives attended an Earth summit meeting at We created a school mission statement to address the climate crisis, as well as making seed bombs and collages using recycled materials!


Rehearsal done! Just the countdown to start! We can’t wait!! Parents, can you see us?


We have arrived at the O2!


Well Done to those pupils in Year 3 and 4 who participated in the Crystal Palace Cross Country Competition yesterday! You performed brilliantly. We were so proud to have you representing our school!


Our Reception pupils had a wonderful time at Battersea Park Zoo on Friday. It was a little rainy, but the animals more than made up for it! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made the day possible!


Our Year 4 Pupils had a fantastic time at the Horniman Museum on Wednesday! Thank you for having us


Year two enjoyed applying their knowledge of microhabitats to create minibeast hotels this afternoon. They thought carefully about how to ensure their hotels provided food, water and shelter.

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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 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.


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.


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.