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28/11/21

Today, we send peace and love to our Jewish families, as they light the shamash and first candle for the Festival of Lights...🕯💙 https://t.co/SWghWdXwJp

28/11/21

Today, we send warm wishes to our Christian families, as they mark the first Sunday of Advent. On this day, Christians light the candle of Hope to represent the hope that was felt for the coming of Christ 🙏🏼💙 https://t.co/VGQclWygef

24/11/21

Apologies however the year 7 Boys football match v Harris Wimbledon is cancelled tomorrow.

24/11/21

Our year 7’s working really hard last night at our cricket development club! https://t.co/unFGxU8dUQ

22/11/21

Retweetd From Maternity Teacher

Did you know that our 1:1 and group coaching sessions are fully funded for colleagues? Find out more about the different programmes and sign up at https://t.co/3wtjrbhewp and we'll do the rest! https://t.co/hDOcxp8ztE

19/11/21

As Sikhs across the world celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji, we would like to send warm wishes to those in our Sikh community as we reflect on his teachings of truth, love, and equality. https://t.co/iXyynMq6cg

19/11/21

Our sixth form open event was a huge success this week, with a range of families visiting us from across Essex and Kent. Special thanks goes to staff & students who stayed on-site to showcase the ethos of our school, and speak so eloquently about our key stage 5 provision. https://t.co/e1fjWA04kf

19/11/21

Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Netball team on their 8-6 victory against Gateway Academy 🎉 https://t.co/s4Ypc5XJqZ

19/11/21

Retweetd From Thurrock foodbank

Thank you ⁦⁩ and everyone who donated towards their fantastic 355.1kg Harvest collection for the ⁦⁩ . Your generosity is greatly appreciated ❤️thank you ❤️ https://t.co/1j3Yy4GsQr

18/11/21

"This House believes that police officers in the UK should carry fire-arms". Key stage 3 debate club absolutely smashed this afternoon's debate, with the Opposition team taking the win. Special mention to our summary speakers who offered stunning rebuttals to close the debate. https://t.co/30JynYfKSF

17/11/21

After school extra curricular PE clubs are as follows: This timetable will be followed from next Monday (22nd November). The basketball season has started and football/rugby has been paused! Everyone is welcome! Any questions, please see your PE teacher! https://t.co/AmPu0kED08

17/11/21

A big well done to everyone who took part in cross country today, showing off the talent we have in Harris Ockendon! A massive well done to the Inter Boys who won their section and were awarded this trophy! What an achievement! 🎉🎉 https://t.co/t7xsvTC7pQ

17/11/21

Unfortunately parents are not allowed to watch in the year 8 netball match at Gateway Academy tomorrow after school (17th November). We still wish them luck in their third match of the season!

17/11/21

Huge congratulations to Jack in Year 10 who has (again) smashed his Feis (dancing competition) with: 🏆1st place Open Reel 🏆10th place Open Championship 🏆10th place Modern Set We are incredibly proud! 🎉🥇🥳

16/11/21

We look forward to welcoming prospective students to our sixth-form open event this Thursday (18th November) from 5-7pm. Our wonderful staff and students will be on-hand to give you a taste of life as a HAOC sixth-former, and the range of courses available. https://t.co/a86S20aicn

15/11/21

Retweetd From Fortismere Sport & PE

What a performance by our Y7 boys this afternoon. Winning 2-1 AET in the 3rd round of the U12 PlayStation cup. Thank you to for hosting us and being involved in such a thrilling match. https://t.co/V7eZy3yrGm

12/11/21

"What time does chess club start?" "You're going to have to check, mate!" 😆 Our very skilled chess contingent, practising for their next chance at beating a teacher or two! https://t.co/uux6BMu1GZ

12/11/21

Fixtures for next week are as follows: Monday 15th November - Year 7 Boys Football v Fortismere school @ home (National cup) 2.30 KO Wednesday 17th November - Year 7-11 District Cross country @ Blackshots Park Thursday 18th November - Year 8A Girls Netball v Gateway (away)

12/11/21

Congratulations to the Year 8B Girls Netball team on their 6-6 draw against Gable Hall B team 🎉 Year 8 girls from both teams remain undefeated! Keep it up!!! 🎉🎉 https://t.co/Tpn5HaEUrl

11/11/21

Key Stage 3 Book Club getting stuck into some dystopian fiction! https://t.co/NE0bOcCpiK

Harris Academies
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Guided Reading

Our vision is to foster a culture of reading across the school in which students read ambitious and diverse texts for pleasure, whilst gaining cultural capital.

Students will develop the habits that enable them to read with fluency and confidence throughout their academic journey and in later life.

Guided reading"The best moments in reading are when you come across something which you had
thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone who is even perhaps a long time dead…. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

                           The History Boys, Alan Bennett.

 

Vision and Philosophy

Here at HAOC, we believe that the embedded weekly practice of guided reading for thirty minutes, twice per week is essential in broadening vocabulary, enriching cultural capital and ultimately improving exam performance.

According to Renaissance UK’s biggest-ever literacy study of more than 1 million children across hundreds of schools from all different demographics, exam results improved massively where guided reading was routinely practiced.

Guided reading helps students develop greater control over the reading process through the development of reading strategies which assist in decoding meaning. The teacher guides or ‘scaffolds’ their students as they read, talk and think their way through a text, completing various small text directed, focused tasks such as sequencing, text completion, scanning, skimming and inferring. 

When readers have the opportunity to talk, think and read their way through a text, they build up self-confidence as well as their own systems in the future of decoding and ultimately enjoying reading. Quality literature is highly motivating to both students and teachers. Students prefer to learn with these texts and given the opportunity will choose these texts over traditional, ‘easy readers’.

Moreover, coupled with reading eclectic and ground-breaking books, the students will also experience a diverse range of short non-fiction texts throughout the year linked thematically to the novels. These are designed to help students comprehend more challenging texts through activating prior knowledge; understanding issues such as racism, religious extremism or PTSD before encountering them within a novel.

The Curriculum

During the autumn term our scholars begin the year reading a novel that will enrich their understanding of culture, identity and diversity; year 7 read The Bone Sparrow, year 8  The Edge and year 9, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Then students move on to a compelling, nail biting thriller in the spring term; year 7 read Wolves of Willoughby Chase, year 8 War of the Worlds, and year 9 the chilling and edgy horror novel Carrie.

Finally, the summer term sees them exploring prestigious, and much celebrated classic novels: year 7 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, year 8 Lord of the Flies and year 9 Brave New World.

Immersed with the novels are a range of non-fiction texts to support comprehension through the activation or prior learning. Among others, they will read a true account of a lynching in Mississippi, they will read about Russel Brand’s crippling drug addiction, the inhuman child slave labour of Victorian England, and Nando Parrado’s 2 and half months existing on a frozen mountain in Chile after a plane crash. They’ll read a stirring speech delivered to survivors of domestic abuse, they’ll learn of the terrible trolling and bullying of Little Mix’s Jessie Nelson, about the London 7/7 bombings  and the terrible tragedy that was Grenfell.

To find out more about our guided reading curriculum, please click HERE.