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20/10/17

We had a great time yesterday watching Y2 create 'The Great Fire of London' on the playground. Thank you to the fire brigade for coming too! https://t.co/q1sL3o1B5b

20/10/17

We read the story about Elmer the Elephant and made lovely colourful handprints. We all had a super colourful day! https://t.co/ZR18EY4wQs

20/10/17

1. Hedgehogs enjoyed colour day. They all came dressed in their favourite colour clothes – from their socks all the way to their hairbands!

19/10/17

🔥 What a fun afternoon we all had watching Y2 reenact the Great Fire of London on the playground. We even had a real fire engine🚒👩🏼‍🚒👨🏻‍🚒

16/10/17

Hedgehog Nursery Class are using a printing technique to create a shape and colour pattern. Look at what we have done so far! https://t.co/JcMO8jUClk

11/10/17

‼️TOMORROW‼️ 📚Reading Workshop📚 👦🏾Reception & Y1 parents/carers👧🏻 📆Tomorrow (12.10.17) 🕘9am 🏫Hall https://t.co/T32d6uI5VT

11/10/17

Please contact info.org.uk who’ll be able to help with this. Alternatively you can contact the academy office in person

10/10/17

Retweetd From HarrisPrimaryKenley

📚 Reading Workshop 📚 👦🏾 Reception & Y1 parents/carers 👧🏻 📆 Thursday 12th October 🕘 9am 🏫 Hall https://t.co/9HdhnpFT79

09/10/17

Retweetd From Amy Anderson

The reason we do our jobs https://t.co/ERV3dmvOhP

09/10/17

🎵🎶A great view of some our children representing Kenley today 🎵🎶 https://t.co/zcai5UTuKV

09/10/17

Retweetd From Ryan lee

I hope one day I can help the national statistics (and northern schools) meet the same levels of Harris https://t.co/uDqZdFyoZt

09/10/17

Retweetd From Jonathan Limb

Harris in Harmony, this choir is more epic every year! . 2017 Conference https://t.co/fP9VvbiC1f

09/10/17

Retweetd From Jonathan Limb

Our incredibly talented and hardworking students at . So proud of our musicians https://t.co/nETNwGLBlY

09/10/17

🎵Our wonderful Kenley children performing as part of Harris in Harmony at 🎶 https://t.co/CNRP9yi55b

08/10/17

Retweetd From Harris Careers

Are you a looking for your next challenge? Check out the latest opportunity ! https://t.co/u2grw8Z1uA https://t.co/Nky9mUJbmy

08/10/17

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Join a growing team ! New vacancy now open for applications: https://t.co/fjM3hGJOXF https://t.co/kZJ5E1OChi

08/10/17

‼️Reminder that tomorrow - 9th October - is an INSET day. We look forward to seeing you all back at the academy on Tuesday 10th at 8:50am. https://t.co/L4lit88UVg

07/10/17

📚 Reading Workshop 📚 👦🏾 Reception & Y1 parents/carers 👧🏻 📆 Thursday 12th October 🕘 9am 🏫 Hall https://t.co/9HdhnpFT79

07/10/17

Retweetd From HarrisPrimaryKenley

Reminder that the academy is shut for all children on Monday 9th October as it is a staff INSET day. https://t.co/PENyYoJYwH

05/10/17

Congratulations to Mrs Kan on her graduation from our Harris ITE Programme. We’re very lucky to have you in our team at 👩🏼‍🎓 https://t.co/5S07kADRb5

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.

Home Learning

Taking an active interest in your child’s learning is one of the best ways you can help your child to do better in school and in life. Learning is not just about what happens in school. Children are learning all the time through what they see, hear and do.

A little reading goes a long way!

  • Remember: a good 10 minutes is much better than a difficult half hour!
  • Plan a quality, quiet time to read together.

Strategies and Reading Behaviours

In school children are taught a range of strategies they can use to help them work out unknown words. For example:

  • Phonics - If they can sound the word out using the phonics they know then encourage this as the first strategy
  • Using the picture as a clue (this is not cheating!)
  • Using picture clues along with the initial letter in the word
  • Predicting what the word could be from the context it is in.

As children’s reading skills develop they adopt a range of good reading behaviours. These include:

  • Reading from left to right and matching each spoken word to a written one
  • Recognising errors
  • Re-reading to correct and re-reading to check
  • Making meaningful but not always accurate guesses
  • Reading with expression

As children progress further they:

  • Use punctuation
  • Follow print with their eyes
  • Search for information in the print
  • Read more fluently
  • Use letter clusters to attempt new words

Reading with your child

Book Introduction: Spend time introducing the book (see example questions to help)

Strategy Check: Ask your child “What can we do if we get stuck on a word?” Listing the strategies refreshes your child’s memory and gives them the confidence to tackle a new word.

Independent reading: During this time try to remind your child of strategies rather than giving unknown words.

Returning to text for questioning: (See question examples to help.) This is an important part of the reading session as it enables you to see if they have understood what they have read. More confident readers will also be able to return to the text to find out answers to questions.

Important points to remember

  • Allow your child to read to the end of a sentence without interrupting.
  • Share the title rather than asking them to read it if the words are unfamiliar.
  • Remind your child to point to each word individually rather than continuously run their finger underneath if they are still learning to match one to one.
  • Alternate saying well done or that was good by telling your child what was good.
  • Remember not to expect your child to work out a word that is not in their vocabulary.
  • Alternate the strategies you suggest rather than giving the same strategy prompt e.g. sound it out.

Remember, we all learn more when we enjoy what we are learning!