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02/07/20

Retweetd From Ms Valentín Lucas

A great site to encourage our A-Level students to be informed of Hispanic current affairs. All summarised in just a minute and updated every hour! https://t.co/FRV10QhuS4

01/07/20

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Right ... you can do this! - you've got 2 days! https://t.co/AOJy6Oyghu https://t.co/J6nlrcxAAi

01/07/20

Hello Year 6! If you are starting Year 7 at Harris Academy Bermondsey in September you can now watch a five-minute video tour of the school here. Let Dr Hay be your guide! https://t.co/1pPa7CoBsk

30/06/20

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29/06/20

Retweetd From HABScience

Congratulations , and thank you for all of your hard work this year! 🎉🎊🎉 https://t.co/3QuGBDgnGq

29/06/20

Congrats 🥳⭐️🏅

27/06/20

Retweetd From Pride in London

Happy Pride from Pride in London. Though we can't march together, we're still standing with you all, no matter where you are or which communities you belong to 💖 https://t.co/KTDzVFKWux

27/06/20

Retweetd From SouthwarkYA's

Happy Pride Everyone! 🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🌈 🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 https://t.co/DxfpiuEs3h

26/06/20

Retweetd From ENGLISH@HAB

How many of you have been reading our student blog? Interesting article below written by one of our amazing students! https://t.co/e3Up99sEMj

25/06/20

What is ? And how can we shop more ethically? Bethan, Year 10, has written this excellent article for our student blog, HAB Insight. Read Bethan's article at https://t.co/8FnXEKtgno

24/06/20

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Thank you so much for the lovely comment 😊 we want to make our new girls feel from the very start and help support them on their journey!

23/06/20

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

This Passport links to the excellent resources from - you can even win a Bundle of Books if you review the materials 📚📚📚 https://t.co/Di72iJgaWY

23/06/20

Retweetd From Pride in London

thanks. It takes meaningful actions to show other LGBT+ communities that you stand with them. During times like these it takes all of us - that includes you, me, us and we - to step up and show that we are truly there for one another. Reply to opt-out.

23/06/20

Retweetd From Actors of Dionysus

Such a brilliant idea for transitioning to secondary school! Best of luck from the aod team to the Year 6's of https://t.co/w3dgoaN0nu

23/06/20

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

we are really looking forward to welcoming your pupils in 2020. Chloe asked some great questions about homework & music lessons... scroll down for the answers and there's a video too https://t.co/gpiWt9PEQ2 https://t.co/Di72iJgaWY

23/06/20

Retweetd From Lyndsay Harris

These videos are amazing! Well done Year 7 students - you are all helping the Year 6 HABGirls make a successful transition https://t.co/EeSQlx3L7B

23/06/20

Retweetd From khadijah mellah

My account had been hacked for the past 2 months. I have lost roughly 6000 followers but I am determined to bounce back, so I can continue to reach out about racing and improve the diversity in sport. It would help me massively if you could follow, repost and share my insta page https://t.co/t5CS1naJDX

23/06/20

Retweetd From Pride in London

We're calling on everyone who would've taken part in to make an act of allyship for an LGBT+ community other than their own. Our goal is to reach 30,000 acts - one for every person who would've marched. Hit the ❤️ button to make your pledge. https://t.co/8N0KDqMeEc

23/06/20

Retweetd From ENGLISH@HAB

Congratulations to our Bedrock SUPERSTARS! https://t.co/UoCBjrkUA7

23/06/20

Retweetd From ENGLISH@HAB

Don’t forget to complete a minimum of TWO Bedrock lessons this week - a joint effort means we may WIN 💪🏾💪🏻💪🏽💪🏿. https://t.co/p4W5kJRkrh

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Lockdown Library - What We Offer

Our Lockdown Library will help you use your extra time to sit down and snuggle up with a book!

This page explains how to borrow books from our Lockdown Library. You'll also find lots of useful links to reading resources and other tips to help you carry on enjoying your reading.

Please do share your own ideas and experiences with us too, so we can all learn from each other. Email Ms Morris on amy.morris@harrisbermondsey.org.uk to let her know what you are reading, or if you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials.


How to borrow books

IMG 7814Our Lockdown Library now offers a book delivery service for students at HAB. Students can borrow up to two books at a time, for a period of two weeks. Have a look at the catalogues below to see what we have on offer!

Download our Lockdown Fiction Catalogue

Download our Lockdown Non-Fiction Catalogue

Download our Jack Petchey Lockdown Catalogue - made possible by Amy, one of our students, who has used her Jack Petchey grant to buy copies of these books. Thank you, Amy!

All book requests must be made by parents and carers and come from their email addresses. If you would like to order a book, please send an email to Amy.Morris@harrisbermondsey.org.uk. The email must include:  

  • The name of the borrower   
  • The title of the book/s being requested   
  • Confirmation that no one in your household is self-isolating or has any symptoms of COVID-19 (see below)
  • Confirmation that you understand that some books have age recommendations and that it is the responsibility of the parent/ carer to decide whether the content of a book is appropriate for their child when making a book request (see below).

If you would like to keep your book for longer than two weeks, email Ms Morris with a renewal request.

Important information for borrowers:

  • Covid-19. We will not be able to offer this service to households that are currently self-isolating because one or more of the residents have virus symptoms.
  • Young Adult fiction. Also, whilst books do not have legal age certificates in the same way films do, we provide age ratings on our Young Adult books. This is to help parents and carers decide whether the content of a book is appropriate for their child. Young Adult, or YA, is a genre of literature that addresses common experiences and issues that concern children as they go through the teenage years. This focus on teen-relevant content motivates students to read. Young Adult literature tends to deliver strong messages about the negative consequences of engaging in hurtful or selfish behaviours.  

Virtual Penguin Talks

Penguin has launched a series of Virtual Penguin Talks, with authors streamed live to thousands of students at school and at home across the UK and Ireland. Talks will be live streamed on the Penguin Platform Youtube Channel, and all students watching will receive a free copy of the author’s audiobook.

The Talks will address the most pressing and prominent issues facing 14- to 18-year-olds as a result of COVID-19, including how to manage your mental health and anxiety and how to prepare for a challenging future jobs market.

New talks screened regularly on the Penguin Platform Youtube Channel.


Access to books and audiobooks

Try these links to find FREE books to read.

  • Project Gutenberg - good for classics.
  • Southwark Libraries have a great e-library, accessed through BorrowBox, where you can download books and audiobooks for free. If you do not have a Southwark Library membership, you can join now for 90 days without a signed application form. Join Southwark Library Once you have your membership number, log in to BorrowBox.
  • Oxford Owl - expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children's learning at home, from Oxford University Press.
  • David Walliams daily free audio story for 30 days.
  • Audible.com - free audible books for all ages.
  • Researchify - Word/PDF/Audiobooks of Children’s Classics.
  • The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has also created a short reading list of books that are available to read online.
  • myON are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through online library to help 'keep the UK and Ireland reading'.
  • Have a look at World Book Day’s World of Stories, where you can listen to audiobooks of some of your favourite books.
  • Listen to three free audiobooks on the Harper Collins website.
  • Listen to Skulduggery Pleasant 1 as an audiobook.
  • Literacy Trust: The Book of Hopes. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
  • Time Edge is a digital magazine that teachers you about current events. All of the content is written by the editors of the world famous publications TIME and TIME For Kids. You'll need to submit your email address to access the magazine.

Join an online book club

Anna James, author of Pages & Co has created The Bookwanderers Club, an interactive online book club streaming live on Anna's YouTube Channel.

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Five fantastic book lists

HAB Book List 3 FantasyMs Morris has created five awesome book lists to inspire your reading. Just choose your favourite genres and dip in!

You might also like to take a look at the following book recommendations.


How often should I being reading?

The short answer is, as often as you like! During a normal school day, every student has a minimum of 20 minutes dedicated to reading. To help continue this habit while at home, we are encouraging students to aim to read at least 2-3 times a day for 20 minutes, if you can, including 20 minutes reading aloud to a parent, sibling or even a pet! Try and build in one reading aloud session each day - you're never too old to read aloud.

Parents: motivating children to read during lockdown - five handy tips to foster reading motivation


Bedrock Vocabulary

Reading will really help to keep our brains active, engaged and learning while our school is temporarily closed.  At Harris Academy Bermondsey, all year 7-9 students have been using an online program Bedrock Vocabulary Learning to develop your vocabulary acquisition.

To make required progress across the programme, you must complete at least two lessons a week, which run for 20 minutes each. Your login and password details have been provided to you by the English Department. If you have lost these details, you can contact your English teacher or Ms Morris. In the email please make your name and your class code clear so we can find your details.

Remember you can download Bedrock onto your phones and iPads too! The English Department will track your activity and distribute praise postcards to those who are regularly engaging with Bedrock and making excellent progress.

Log into Bedrock here 


Advice for parents

Whether your daughter struggles with reading, is a reluctant reader or if she can’t get enough of books, this short guide has some useful advice and book suggestions for everyone! 

Read yourself! Show a good example by talking about the reading you do at work and at home. Take 10 minutes out of your day and sit and read in front of your child. You could read a novel, an autobiography or a newspaper. Show your child that reading is an important part of your life.  

Visit local e-Library together. Southwark Libraries have a great e-library, accessed through BorrowBox, where you can download books and audiobooks for free. If you do not have a Southwark Library membership, you can join now for 90 days without a signed application form. Join Southwark Library Once you have your membership number, log in to BorrowBox.

Take time to read together as a family. Talk about your reading and show the pleasure that can be gained from it. Listening to stories is not only fun but it helps development of language too. Don’t be afraid to read to your child. Enjoy the experience and don’t worry if even you make the odd mistake - everybody does! Dedicating a regular time slot to the activity of reading together shows your daughter that you value reading and that you’re interested in what she’s reading.  

Use phonics to help your child sound out new and unfamiliar words. You can find some helpful information on how phonics works on the BBC’s webpage ‘The Alphablocks’ Guide to Phonics’. Books in the Oxford Owl free eLibrary are suitable for students who are at the early stages of developing their reading skills.

Keep praising your child, especially when they find reading difficult. If you are particularly impressed by your daughter's dedication to reading, email Ms Morris amy.morris@harrisbermondsey.org.uk to let me know. She has plenty of Praise Postcards to hand out!

Free subscription to The Day's newsletter for parents and guardians. The Day is a daily news service for use in schools, colleges and homes. Their mission is to help students think about what they can see and hear around them in the news day by day; to learn to make the link between this and what they are studying and to understand the relevance and importance of knowledge; to think for themselves and talk about everything, to debate, discuss and research; to grow in confidence and find their own voice; and to become teachers themselves in their peer groups and families and among friends.

The National Literacy Trust's Family Zone is a comprehensive web portal for parents. Split up by age group, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account. At the moment, the Family Zone only provides resources for students up to the age of 12. However, the National Literacy Trust are planning resources for secondary school students as well. 

BookTrust HomeTime is where you can enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.


Remember, if you have any queries concerning reading, please email our librarian Ms Morris Amy.Morris@harrisbermondsey.org.uk  We're here to support you in any way we can.

And don't forget to tell us how you're getting on. This is new territory for all of us and it's great to learn from each other.