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25/04/18

Year 5 have created information posters about “la Tour Eiffel” out of straws! https://t.co/HZP440mpp9

24/04/18

Yan, the yoghurt man, visited the academy today! 🥄 https://t.co/Ddq7IHEH6X

19/04/18

Caterpillar and Bumblebee classes enjoyed a morning of French fun and storytelling https://t.co/PHIIOVWlAT

19/04/18

Year 1 are enjoying sharing stories in the sunshine. https://t.co/szGHMaGy4q

19/04/18

Thank you to those that attended the o2 and NSPCC online safety workshop this morning. We hope you found it useful. Information from this event will be put on our website shortly!

17/04/18

Retweetd From Harris Careers

Are you looking for a role in for September? We've got opportunities ! Find out more: https://t.co/sbismsR53G https://t.co/UVOh2srcvF

17/04/18

Retweetd From Jake Makison

It’s been a pleasure working with all of the children and staff at , thank you for the leaving card and I wish everyone at the school all the best for the future! https://t.co/3l4Yf1JdUo

17/04/18

🦔This week the Hedgehog Nursery Class are learning about colour mixing🎨 https://t.co/eMGhVolW03

15/04/18

Retweetd From HarrisPrimaryKenley

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the academy tomorrow morning. ‼️REMEMBER‼️ 📸 The photographers are in and will be taking class photos 📸

15/04/18

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the academy tomorrow morning. ‼️REMEMBER‼️ 📸 The photographers are in and will be taking class photos 📸

12/04/18

Retweetd From Harris Federation

We hope you've had a restful Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back to the final term of the year - just a reminder that we are really proud of our staff and students! https://t.co/Si5328KSSI https://t.co/QwAC3FjIaW

10/04/18

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. has some exciting teaching vacancies for September 2018 - phase leadership, French specialism and more! Discover more and apply today: https://t.co/aNnaR8PHoC https://t.co/k1dh2J7VAN

08/04/18

Retweetd From Schools Week

EYFS Teacher/ Phase Leader required at https://t.co/su0LFlO1fs

29/03/18

🎶🎵Some of our wonderful Year 5 and 6’s at Glee Club after school🎵🎶 https://t.co/0NWux5Y4fc

27/03/18

📖 📚 We’re all very excited to be able to use the new library! 📚 📖 🌟Doesn’t it look amazing!💫 🎨You wouldn’t believe that it was all hand painted!🎨 https://t.co/MmVGdzYahO

27/03/18

🦔The Hedgehog Nursery class have been very busy getting ready for Easter. We've made Easter cards, Easter baskets & chocolate nests. Tomorrow we are looking forward to eating hot cross buns & having an Easter egg hunt & on Thursday we will be having our Easter bonnet parade! 🐣 https://t.co/eNYEwEE2Dw

23/03/18

Retweetd From Harris Careers

. has some exciting teaching vacancies for September 2018 - phase leadership, French specialism and more! Discover more and apply today: https://t.co/csHYVLGIui https://t.co/61kGnbSx0e

23/03/18

🦔The Hedgehog nursery children have really enjoyed using the new and challenging climbing and balancing equipment. https://t.co/coab8oudFh

23/03/18

Year 1 are making their forest dioramas and writing their own recipe based on the 'Gruffalo crumble'. https://t.co/238FOXyXyz

23/03/18

🌱Year 1 are amazed at how tall their runner beans had grown.🌱 Some are nearly as tall as us! They are excited to take them home. https://t.co/x9DdhgDCnN

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!