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01/07/20

For those that missed this, check out last weeks must read. Keep on reading and don’t forget you can submit book reviews to Mrs Woolcott. https://t.co/B0XgkLIFpU https://t.co/GUqd4Lzo1t

30/06/20

Harris Girls' Academy Bromley is a SUPER SCHOOL! Our students have answered over half a million questions this academic year, have spent at least 20 hours each completing tasks and watched a total of over months of videos. Well Done! https://t.co/xx03L9NFT6

29/06/20

Students have continued to work hard on over the week. We are also 3rd out of 1732 similar schools for completion of Memri questions, great work in preparation for this week's assessments, keep it up! https://t.co/LIJk2bnRzI

25/06/20

Retweetd From Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

🎧 New podcast alert! The team is chatting with geography teacher, Charity Mhlanga (, ), recipient of this year's OS award ,about why she loves the subject and recognising excellence in geography education: https://t.co/eML9RdRFid https://t.co/6uj34c3qNG

24/06/20

Retweetd From Steve Brace

Each year with awards 2 teachers with 'excellence awards'. https://t.co/FwYYMf9LXc In 2020 it was Emma Metcalfe & Charity Mhlanga & podcast with Charity below Charity Mhlanga https://t.co/y9cW0kpbtA

23/06/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation Geography

Listen to this podcast by Charity Mhlanga from , winner of the award for excellence in geography education - such a passionate advocate for geography and teaching! Congratulations to Charity on her outstanding achievement! https://t.co/eQmUBJ87Nm

23/06/20

Retweetd From RGS-IBG Schools

Our latest podcast with Charity Mhlanga, winner of the OS award 2020, has just been released 🎧 make sure you tune in on iTunes or via our website https://t.co/4Yjbkprj9k

23/06/20

Retweetd From Harris Orpington

Check out the 10 minute video I made about Mindful Breathing: https://t.co/J7F8iif5qe https://t.co/wF2LNsJi0O

23/06/20

Open to all students, just send your work to your English teacher. For more info, visit: https://t.co/8J7a5s3OP9

23/06/20

‘As we emerge from lockdown, the power of words to give voice and agency to our stories couldn’t be more pertinent’. The English dept are asking our students to create their own story to submit to them by 24/06/2020.

22/06/20

Keep on reading with our double book suggestion for this week. https://t.co/jXLR3fytYs

22/06/20

Students are continuing to work hard on Hegarty Maths. Special mention to 7Y1 who have topped the leaderboard as a result of some excellent work on Memri; automatically generated revision questions. Purity has answered 404 memri questions this week, well done 👏🏻 https://t.co/BrS85gOxNB

22/06/20

For families celebrating Windrush Day, there is a Lambeth sing along at 10:27am today; the exact time that the first ship arrived. See the following link for more details. https://t.co/afpUs5Hd9d https://t.co/THwMTfWih2

18/06/20

Check out Miss Dent’s (speedy) stretching video. Now more than ever, we need to stay active and stretch to keep our muscles strong and flexible and to get out some energy. The daily moment to stretch when nothing else matters! https://t.co/m2kW4MihLx

17/06/20

A new book recommendation for the new week https://t.co/ww4hRSsPdY

11/06/20

Keep on reading everyone! https://t.co/okQyhqPcnf

11/06/20

From a second home to a school bag. Here are some more thoughts from our students. https://t.co/LLwDKsiEIT

11/06/20

Maybe French is your favourite subject? https://t.co/6uWZ9Mh5RX

11/06/20

Here are some poems around the subject of Humanities, as part of the Year 9 anthology of poems, created while the school has been closed. https://t.co/nhJPcF7xY2

11/06/20

Here are some pictures from the London Youth Games Copper Box Arena back in March, of both our amazing dance groups; contemporary and street company. https://t.co/aJsyP0P9Vr

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Library and Literacy

Reading at Home

This page has some useful links to reading resources and other tips to help keep reading engaging and positive. Please do share your own ideas and experiences with us too.

If you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials, please email our Librarian Mrs Woolcott at B.Woolcott@harrisbromley.org.uk or our Literacy Lead Ms Fortmann at M.Fortmann@harrisbromley.org.uk. You can also email your child’s English teacher for specific queries relating to Bedrock or student progress.


How often should I be reading?

As often as you can! We recommend at least 30 minutes a day. At school, students read for 10 minutes each day in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time, as well as for 20 minutes every Friday in Friday Book Club.  To help continue this habit while at home, we are encouraging pupils to read for at least 30 minutes a day - this could Book review e1441036359437[1]include reading aloud to a parent, sibling or even a pet!

After finishing a book, why not write a review and send it to our Librarian Mrs Woolcott and receive another book recommendation. Your review could also get featured in our termly Academy Magazine - Insight.

 


The Bromley 100

The Bromley 100 comprises of 100 books that the staff, students and parents believed to be classic books that students should aim to read during their time at the Academy. For the current list of books, click this link. Bromley 100.

The Library at Table LRCHarris Girls’ Academy Bromley has a wide range of reading materials within its catalogue; containing a wealth of different forms of literature ranging from the classics to young adult, Manga, non-fiction, newspapers and more. There is an array of literature and different genres which can entice even the most reluctant of readers!

Educational research has extensively documented the benefit of reading and its contribution to developed academic and social skills alongside well-being. This is actively promoted and encouraged within HGABR through our use of DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read.) All students have a daily twenty-minute window whereby they read in a focused environment, allowing themselves to become immersed in what they are reading. This practise is actively promoted as we are encouraging students to become independent readers outside of school, widening and broadening their reading material and genres. Students should aim to read at home and be encouraged to do so. The key to unlocking hidden knowledge, opening doors to new information, enhancing comprehension, vocabulary, communication skills, academic aptitude and awareness of the written2nd table LRC word is by reading!

Incorporating reading into your daily routine benefits literacy and well-being whilst being very relaxing and enjoyable too! 

Please contact Mrs Woolcott with any book suggestions, reviews, or general library queries. You can see a list of our new books in the library here. New Book's.

 


What’s Going on in the LRC?

18 –24 May Mental Health Awareness Week - Be Kind!

Now - more than ever - we have to look after our mental health and others. Discover learning strategies that will help us to be kind to ourselves and others’ well being.  

5 June World Environment Day 

Raise awareness of our environment leading up to World Environment Day on 5 June by clicking on the link below. This will enable you to partake in the activities and immerse yourself in a wide range of activities from TED nature talks, free online courses and the Clean Seas campaign to name but a few. 

For a practical guide to Word Environment Day - Click Here

17 June Carnegie Book Award Winner announcement 

Carnigie 2020

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Bedrock Learning (Years 7-10)

Bedrock Learning is an innovative literacy improvement programme which delivers a curriculum designed to develop your daughter’s knowledge of a range of meaningful vocabulary whilst exposing her to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Your daughter will be set and required to complete two tasks a week on this platform. Due to the nature of the tasks and the importance of repetition when embedding new vocabulary, it is important that your daughter leaves at least 48 hours between tasks. The programme runs online at www.bedrocklearning.org. You should have received notification of your daughter’s login details as well as your parent access code. If, for any reason, you have not received this information or you are having problems with it, please do not hesitate to let your daughter’s English teacher know. Email into info@harrisbromley.org.uk, with your daughters English Teachers name.

‘Bedrock Brilliance’ Competition - Watch this space!

A Student Guide for Bedrock can be found here; or downloaded at the bottom of this page.


Free access to ebooks, Audiobooks, Comics and Research Resources

  • 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. There are a range of categories to choose from and the texts on offer cover a range of ages. Audiobooks are becoming increasingly popular and are predicted to overtake the sales of ebooks in 2020 (National Literacy Trust). The research review found that audiobooks can improve children’s reading skills and enjoyment of reading, support children’s emotional and mental wellbeing, improve children’s reading comprehension and widen access to books.
  • Researchify - Word/PDF/Audiobooks of Children’s Classics.
  • Project Gutenberg - The Project Gutenberg website offers over 60, 000 free eBooks. Your daughter can choose to download this as a Kindle book or read online. This website is completely free to use and does not require any registration.  
  • The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has also created a short reading list of books that are available to read online.
  • Bromley Libraries have a great e-library, where you can download books, audiobooks and view comics for free. https://glllibraries.overdrive.com/library/teens . All that is required is your library card and pin number and access is via the Libby App or Overdrive website. Free enrolment can be processed online.
  • 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.
  • www.poetrystation.org.uk. This website focuses on providing recordings of poetry to help students engage in the auditory nature of poems and language.
  • The National Literacy Trust's Family Zone is a comprehensive web portal for parents and guardians. There are activities for all age groups which will engage children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Currently the Family Zone only provides resources for students up to the age of 12, however secondary school students as well. 
  • BookTrust HomeTime Free online books and videos - play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
  • www.booktrust.org.uk - The Book Trust website offers a range of resources linked to children’s literature, as well as a resource for recommending books that your daughter might be interested in reading moving forward.
  • www.goodreads.com - The Good Reads website is free to join. On this website, your daughter can write reviews of books she has read, search through book lists and recommendations and take part in quizzes on novels.

Key Events

LRC key date schedule September 2020 onwards

September

March

13 September - Roald Dahl's Birthday

4 March - World Book Day

26 September – European day of Languages 

8 March - International Women’s Day

 

21 March - World Poetry Day

 

End of March – Carnegie Book’s shortlist released

 

October

April

1 October - Black History month

21 April - Charlotte Bronte’s Birthday.

1 October - National Poetry Day

22 April - Mother Earth Day.

24 October - United Nations Day

 

27 October - Booker Prize Winner

 

 

November

May

11 November - Armistice Day

22 May - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday.

29 November - Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday

 

29 November - C.S Lewis’ Birthday

 

 

December

June

16 December - Jane Austen's Birthday

5 June - World Environment Day

 

17 June - Carnegie Winner announced

 

20 June - World refugee Day

 

January 

July

27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day

26 July – J.K. Rowling 

14 January - Lewis Carroll's Birthday. 

 

 

February

 

07 February – Charles Dickens’ Birthday

 

21 February - International Mother Language Day

 


 

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