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12/02/20

Our year 4 pupils blew parents away this afternoon with a musical extravaganza – the culmination of five weeks hard work learning a range of musical skills for different instruments. Inspirational! https://t.co/qJzptS4d6B

28/01/20

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Chinese New Year started with a bang last week as pupils took part in a fantastic dragon dance! Celebrations continue this week with a theatre company performance. https://t.co/6UbQ7X0xMS

28/01/20

Chinese New Year started with a bang last week as pupils took part in a fantastic dragon dance! Celebrations continue this week with a theatre company performance. https://t.co/6UbQ7X0xMS

16/01/20

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Year 4 pupils kick-started the new term getting to know their new musical instruments as they started work with the Bromley Youth Music Trust’s ‘Band on the Run’ initiative – watch this space for further updates! https://t.co/z8dcTbNhE3

15/01/20

Year 4 pupils kick-started the new term getting to know their new musical instruments as they started work with the Bromley Youth Music Trust’s ‘Band on the Run’ initiative – watch this space for further updates! https://t.co/z8dcTbNhE3

19/12/19

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Following on from fantastic performances earlier this week, Years 3,4, 5 and 6 wowed parents with a stunning concert around the Christmas tree in the playground after school yesterday. https://t.co/zFOLXSXfv2

19/12/19

Following on from fantastic performances earlier this week, Years 3,4, 5 and 6 wowed parents with a stunning concert around the Christmas tree in the playground after school yesterday. https://t.co/zFOLXSXfv2

13/12/19

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A superb performance to parents by pupils from years 1-6 at the end of term DanceFuzion Show – brilliant, choreographed dance moves! https://t.co/pxFiqVINGK

13/12/19

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Thank you from the HPACR School Council for a brilliant response to their appeal for old clothes & shoes to support the Salvation Army’s Recycle with Michael initiative: promoting recycling, raising money for charity and our academy! https://t.co/KBBBRg74UB

13/12/19

A superb performance to parents by pupils from years 1-6 at the end of term DanceFuzion Show – brilliant, choreographed dance moves! https://t.co/pxFiqVINGK

13/12/19

Thank you from the HPACR School Council for a brilliant response to their appeal for old clothes & shoes to support the Salvation Army’s Recycle with Michael initiative: promoting recycling, raising money for charity and our academy! https://t.co/KBBBRg74UB

13/12/19

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Use your recycling bag to bring any unwanted clothes and shoes to school by tomorrow and help us to; Promote Recycling, Raise money for the Salvation Army charity and Raise money for our academy. https://t.co/oTluakwwft

13/12/19

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12/12/19

Use your recycling bag to bring any unwanted clothes and shoes to school by tomorrow and help us to; Promote Recycling, Raise money for the Salvation Army charity and Raise money for our academy. https://t.co/oTluakwwft

11/12/19

Yesterday, we kicked off our new inter-house competition with the Year 4's competing in a tag rugby competition. The children really enjoyed themselves. The Year 5 and 6's will be competing today and tomorrow. https://t.co/QL7wk1acNZ

03/12/19

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Year 6 classes enjoyed a chilly outing to Crystal Palace Park to learn about the history of the Great Exhibition. Pupils kept warm by using bamboo to create the structure of the original building and learning all about the Victorian Empire. https://t.co/PAXKUAqeX7

03/12/19

We're working with Christmas Forest to promote their ongoing partnership with Tree Aid. Trees are planted in the drylands of Africa, helping provide a livelihood to some of the poorest communities on earth - over the last 12 years they have helped to grow 232,275 trees. https://t.co/FQnUOdXRNK

03/12/19

Year 6 classes enjoyed a chilly outing to Crystal Palace Park to learn about the history of the Great Exhibition. Pupils kept warm by using bamboo to create the structure of the original building and learning all about the Victorian Empire. https://t.co/PAXKUAqeX7

26/11/19

We raised over £300 for this year’s Children in Need campaign – THANK YOU for you support! https://t.co/FoIaZ5WVfp

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English

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. 

 

Reading

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.
 

Writing

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. 

 

Interventions

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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