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18/04/24

Year 8 and 9 golf enrichment this afternoon ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/2V2VYdWT5x

13/04/24

Happy Vaisakhi to all celebrating. Vaisakhi not only symbolises the harvest festival but also the birth of the Khalsa Panth. It marks a pivotal moment in Sikh history when Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded the Khalsa, instilling principles of courage, equality, and selfless service. pic.twitter.com/oN2bgMrx3B

10/04/24

Eid Mubarak to all of our community who are celebrating. pic.twitter.com/eiqcRy0kkJ

25/03/24

Year 7 girls football team played exceptionally well today winning 5-2 in the semi-final of the Harris Cup. We are off to the finals 🔥⚽️ Well done girls! pic.twitter.com/5NKSX5xlTW

18/03/24

celebrations delivering workshops centered around Unshakeable Confidence and Diversity as a Superpower. pic.twitter.com/blHMBsvk3E

15/03/24

Excited to announce that Leah Chowdry will be speaking at our school on Monday. We can't wait to hear her incredible personal story, becoming the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel & raising a quarter of a million pounds for her cause. Get ready to be inspired pic.twitter.com/d9Y6EnBD3J

13/03/24

📣 Exciting news! 🎉 Year 10 has kicked off the Scholars Program as part of their GCSE learning journey. 💪🎓 With a focus on working hard and taking responsibility, these scholars are on the path to success! Let's cheer them on! 👏🏽👏🏿👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/QbewKOxXKO

11/03/24

Ramadan Kareem, strength, connection and love for the month ahead. pic.twitter.com/9jQtOp1jG9

09/03/24

Some photos from our football tournament yesterday 🏆🥳⚽️ pic.twitter.com/oC1MAVdr39

08/03/24

Spot the ballers 👀(Yes that includes you 😉)Well done on the tournament…keep pushing the game and we’ll see you at one of ours soon! https://t.co/dtFqTGpk6t pic.twitter.com/hwfrD27tct

08/03/24

Spot the ballers 👀(Yes that includes you 😉)Well done on the tournament…keep pushing the game and we’ll see you at one of ours soon! https://t.co/dtFqTGpk6t pic.twitter.com/hwfrD27tct

08/03/24

Amazing day today for our tournament! Thank you to all schools who attended. Also a massive thank you to Emma & Hayley from women’s team for coming down. ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/4A3RzyzGVQ

08/03/24

Harris Football tournament. pic.twitter.com/fYBBNvzeY2

08/03/24

A productive day at Harris Academy Ockendon for sixth form health, care and medicine talk for pic.twitter.com/UszvikqOu9

07/03/24

Happy Everyone pic.twitter.com/9P2zgULlOW

07/03/24

'A night of drama' was held for year 11 drama students and their adults. We all enjoyed wonderful performances in preparation for their GCSE component 2 exams on Friday. pic.twitter.com/4XsEmdxSIm

29/02/24

Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥! pic.twitter.com/6ARBM7uI0j

29/02/24

Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥! pic.twitter.com/6ARBM7uI0j

28/02/24

Well done to our year 10 girls for winning their first game of the Harris cup 25-8 🥳🏆 into the next round! pic.twitter.com/Arz8hdOoEh

26/02/24

We step into a realm of pride and celebration as we gathered to honour the remarkable achievements of our students at our first special event of 'Celebration Evening'. From academic excellence to outstanding contributions in sports, arts, and the community. pic.twitter.com/LuAtvbOwcP

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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.