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15/01/21

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

Huge CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved!⭐ https://t.co/X5KIVHbOLJ

15/01/21

We have a brand new channel on YouTube! We'll be adding lots of films to help with your science learning at home. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to the HAB Science YouTube channel now at https://t.co/Fxj6kvOn6u

15/01/21

Four HAB girls received Citizenship Awards through the First News ACTive Citizenship scheme, after campaigning on issues they care strongly about - discrimination against women, Uighur Muslims, asylum seekers. More https://t.co/ei2fgP3fMh https://t.co/c2ZpKAyIvS

13/01/21

The Jan 2021 issue of our school newsletter, , is out now. Loads of news and pictures of our school in action! Read it online at https://t.co/xwQoYr9LSR https://t.co/0sz77ZzboG

12/01/21

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for your kind donations 👍 These bags will go to helping in our area have a little bit more in their cupboards & ease things during https://t.co/RGgyy69FWL

12/01/21

Protect your child when they are online. FREE online webinar for parents, Thurs 28 Jan, 6pm, run by Digital Awareness UK. One-hour web session just for HAB parents and carer. Find out more and sign up at https://t.co/Cka7mzdbwA

11/01/21

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Want to join ? Sign up for the Zoom on the 21st of January below... 👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/oYeza87zXc

11/01/21

Friends of HAB - Online Meet-Up. Are you a parent/carer of a girl at HAB? Come along to our next Friends of HAB online meet-up for parents, Thurs 21 Jan, 5.30pm. Learn more about Friends of HAB and put some faces to names! Curious? Find out more at https://t.co/pIUa4z6Atn https://t.co/TqNonRA7Tk

11/01/21

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Dr Pete Edmunds is our participant this week! Dr Edmunds is head of at https://t.co/011UNPn1ua

31/12/20

Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for the latest details of start of term arrangements. Thank you as ever for your cooperation. https://t.co/pYfyaUPthp

27/12/20

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Congratulations to Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix! The 16-year-old diver has been named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2020.   https://t.co/0TGxWVYX2D

18/12/20

Retweetd From Lyndsay Harris

Every crate (yes right to the back of the stage!) is ready to be distributed to our students have been incredible in donating over 3000 much needed items. https://t.co/FwJSYvR2al

18/12/20

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This is truly AMAZING! Huge thanks to all the students at for such thoughtfulness, compassion and generosity. Your letters are especially moving and will be much appreciated. Ms Harris - Gold Stars/House Points all round, yes? https://t.co/WuXXz6XVns

18/12/20

Following a government announcement, the Academy will now only open to Year 11 and Year 13 students on the 5th January at their usual start time. All other years will be learning remotely for the first week of term and should not come to school. Details https://t.co/w4PZmuqPJ9

17/12/20

Retweetd From Jennifer McFadden

Amazing work! https://t.co/uPXszRiLfn

17/12/20

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Absolutely INCREDIBLE... what a 🌟... WELL DONE!! https://t.co/98XZxIeYm7

17/12/20

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So proud! Amazing! https://t.co/6opQIAHWp5

17/12/20

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Well done to all the students who participated in the science competition! It was very refreshing to read essays on 'Why I love science' https://t.co/efTca1l3BY

17/12/20

Retweetd From Lyndsay Harris

staff are spreading some festive cheer on Christmas lunch day (I was very careful that The Gringe didn’t steal our student raffle prizes!) https://t.co/JQz9mdzDTy

17/12/20

We are consulting on our admissions arrangements for 2022-23. Your views are welcome. Please find full details at https://t.co/gr9l7IGYBm. Thank you. https://t.co/F1z5qV66b3

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Reading at Home - What We Offer

This page explains how to borrow books if students are unable to attend school for a while.

You'll also find lots of useful links to reading resources and other tips to help you carry on enjoying your reading.

Email Ms Morris on amy.morris@harrisbermondsey.org.uk if you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials.


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.

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.