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Take a look at today's newsletter and meet our new year 6 leadership team & school councillors! Lots of info for next half term (including important dates for Christmas).


🌈Wellbeing Wednesday: A really good site from offering free practical advice about supporting your child for parents and carers


🌈Another great gardening session from the Wellbeing Warriors today. Together we tackled the herb garden and had fun identifying the parsley, chives, coriander and mint. The mint smelt amazing. Good job everyone, together we are making a difference 🙌


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50% of all problems start by age 14 and we are seeing an increase in the amount of young people struggling. You are not alone.


SpOoKy BaKe SaLe next Friday to raise funds for the academy's PTA. Please bring any made/bought spooky cakes to the main foyer on Friday morning! Thank you for your support.


Hot off the press: this week's newsletter can be found on our academy website. Lots going on this week as always, 'Hello Yellow' Mental Health Day in aid of Young Minds raised over £200 today! Check out our plans for Black History Month and lots more...


This week, year 6 have been planning, writing and presenting their speeches for the responsibilities of Head Boy, Head Girl and Sports Captains. They have ended the week with a ballot. The results will be revealed soon…


🌈Wellbeing Wednesday: This week the ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ and the Gardening Club have come together to start preparing the wellbeing garden for everyone to use again this year. They weeded the flower beds and cleared the tyres, ready for creating borders. Watch this space


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Reminder: we will be supporting the Young Minds mental health charity tomorrow for World Mental Health Day. Wear something yellow and bring a donation to school. A little yellow goes a long way!


Reminder: we will be supporting the Young Minds mental health charity tomorrow for World Mental Health Day. Wear something yellow and bring a donation to school. A little yellow goes a long way!


Lovely to welcome parents to our PTA coffee morning today to share plans and priorities for the year. Next Wednesday is the Annual General Meeting at 9am. Please come along.


A taste of America is coming to HPACR this Thursday! To sign up for our tasty menu, please email the academy office. Don't forget: school meals are FREE for pupils in Rec, Y1 & Y2. Don't miss out!


Reception loved their West African Drumming workshop with this morning! Lots of story telling through music 🎶 🪘


Looks very eggciting, despite the fowl weather!


🧱Today the children in Reception have been busy in the construction area. They created a boat, a castle and a train! Team work makes the dream work! Great job everyone 🙌


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Good luck to our incredible marathon runners today. Whether pounding local lanes in the or the capital's city streets in we applaud yr every step & thank you for raising funds for to enrich the lives of children. 🙏👏💪🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

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We chose Literacy as our specialism at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace because we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  English learning cuts across all subject areas and books are at the heart of our curriculum.  Teachers plan English teaching around a selection of high quality core texts and across a range of subject areas and we also plan for literacy-specific learning every day in school, in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum.

A range of enrichment activities are planned across the year to support children in developing their English skills.  Theatre trips, book fairs, author visits as well as visits to the local library are all timetabled. 



Instilling a love of reading is of key importance to us; throughout the week children are encouraged to read widely and for pleasure.  Each classroom has a dedicated book corner and a ‘Reading Den’ is set up in our foyer where children are given opportunities to read and be read to throughout the day.  Some of our older children are ‘Reading Champions’ and give up time each week to listen to and read to younger children.  We encourage parents to volunteer as parent readers and full training is given.  During the Autumn Term all new Reception children were presented with a book from the academy to start them on their reading journey.  Parents were invited to observe a story time session and then stayed to share the books with children


 “The session has helped me think about how I can encourage my child to love books, I need to make more time to read with them every day!” (Reception Parent)

I feel more enthusiastic about reading with my child, and I love the book- thanks!” (Reception Parent)

Reading is taught through the teaching of traditional phonics which takes place daily in the Early Years and KS1. From the Spring term 2015, we will be using the ‘Sounds Write’ phonics programme.  This is a systematic approach to teaching phonics and all staff have had intensive training on using this scheme.  A phonics workshop for parents takes place during the Autumn Term and ensures that Reception parents understand how we teach phonics.  A home reading scheme is operated from Reception through to Year 6, children bring home a book that has been selected for them and which they should be able to read and a book that they have chosen to share with their families each week. Parents are asked to comment in a home reading diary, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading.  Each class has a daily, half an hour reading lesson where de-coding and comprehension skills are developed.

Every child is given an individual reading target and this is shared with parents through our parent-teacher meetings.  This is reviewed regularly and updated once it has been met.

Word Pool is a website for anyone interested in children's books. It gives personal profiles for a range of authors along with their bibliographies, reading lists and reviews, titles and tips for reluctant readers, and information and advice for aspiring writers.


The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills.

The writing process ensures that children have a good understanding of a range of different styles and genres of writing.  Through drama and speaking and listening activities, children explore the text type they are working on. They are taught about how to structure pieces of writing and how to write in a range of styles, for different audiences and purposes.  Grammar is taught contextually wherever possible; some grammar lessons may be taught separately where necessary. The ‘Big Write’ comes at the end of each unit of writing and allows children to write an extended piece to demonstrate their writing skills in the given genre.  We then use ‘green pen marking’ for self and peer evaluation.  This allows children to edit and improve their work and critically evaluate the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.

“I like writing stories, I can let my imagination go wild!” (year 6 pupil)

Handwriting and Spelling

Children are taught to use a cursive script throughout our academy and handwriting lessons take place at least once a week.  Children are taught spelling rules and are encouraged to apply these rules to their independent work.  Each child has a spelling log where they record spellings that they need to learn. 



For children that require targeted support in English, we have a variety of interventions.  Support staff are given extra training to ensure that interventions are of a high quality.  Extra phonics interventions take place daily, children are given extra 1:1 reading support and we also deliver targeted support through the use of PiXL resources.

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