Ever heard of The Benidorm Blues? Benidorm class have been playing the xylophones in their music lessons - here they are performing as a class!


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A dinosaur swamp appeared in nursery today, the children have been exploring the texture of the swamp and feeding the dinosaurs. All in a day's work for our nursery children...


Thanks for coming along Carole, it was great to have parents and children there for some fun. And yes, those children were fantastic, what a great example they set!


E.T at the ready! 👽


Film night is ready to begin... 👽


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On Friday 2nd February 2018 we are proud to welcome Michael Foale CBE, astrophysicist & former astronaut to Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane. We have a full schedule of events, some of which are ticketed and open to the public. Please RT the following information:


HARRIS PRIMARY ACADEMY CINEMA NIGHT! Limited amount of tickets available on the door. Don't miss out! Arrive at 4:30pm. See you there.


If you can't make our Astronaut Visit times on 2nd Feb (see pinned tweet!) then our friends at are holding similar events at different times that might suit. Head to their twitter or website for details!


Another busy week at the academy. Read all about it here:


Leon class looked simply terrific on WOW day! We dressed up according to our new theme: The Fantastic World of Storytelling! Here we all are, posing in front of our new pirate ship. Thank you everyone who helped us dress up in such terrific costumes!


Leon class have been lucky enough to have two mums come in to read to us this week: Ketan's mum and Louis' mum! Thank you both so much for coming! If you would like to come and read in one of our Reception classes, please let your teacher know!


Relay queens 👸🏾👸🏿👸🏻👸🏿


Quick as lightning 🌩 ⚡️


Dream team at the Sports Hall Athletics Competition


Ibiza had great fun making 3D shapes with blu tac and Miss Durrant’s lolly sticks. Don’t worry we gave them back!


Come one come all! Book your tickets before and after school tomorrow if you haven't already!


Yesterday one of our parents came to read a story to the nursery children. The children loved hearing about dinosaurs. We have a sign up sheet for parents/carers to book a slot, we have the availability for up to 4 story sessions a week.


Thanks Carole! Well spotted, we have changed this now!

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


We aim to foster a positive attitude towards homework and help to set good habits for Secondary School. We send out homework that is of interest to the children and matched to their ability and the aim is that the children enjoy doing it. We ask that parents and carers support their child with any homework given and let us know if their child’s homework is causing any issues at home.

We have homework clubs after school, in which children can enrol in order to complete homework in school with adult support.

In addition to formal homework, we set Home Learning Projects for children to complete with their families at the start of a topic. These projects are designed to follow children’s interests and to use their creative skills. The children bring their projects to school at the start of each half term and they are displayed in school.

Home Learning Expectations

Below are the home learning expectations for Key Stage and 1 and 2 children at the academy. I hope this provides you with a clear overview. If you have any comments or suggestions, please do feed them back to us. We do listen to parents and act upon feedback.

Thank you for your support.

Mathematics and English Homework 

Children are set mathematics and English homework weekly. The work is given out on Friday and must be brought back for marking on Wednesday. This work is linked to the work that has been taught during the week.

Reading –

for children following the Read Write Inc. Programme

Each Friday your child will bring home a Read Write Inc book directly linked to the level of reading and writing your child is doing in phonics. Your child will not have read this book at school. Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every Friday so the book can be changed.


Your child will also bring home a book from the library. This will be a book they have chosen out of pure interest. It may be a non-fiction or a fiction book. Please read this book together with your child. Each class is allocated a time slot to use the library every week. Ask your child’s teacher for your child’s library time so that you make sure your child has their book bag in school on this day.


Your child should have a purple home reading diary. Please help your child to complete a page in the diary linked to either book. The class teacher will read the completed page and sign the diary every Friday.

Reading –

Accelerated Reader


Children read books that are linked to their current level of reading through Accelerated Reader. All children have a lesson in school every week, where they can read their books and log onto the website to complete an online comprehension test. They can also use that session or lunchtime any day to change their reading book. At home, children should continue to read their book. They need to bring their book in to school when they do their test as they will need to refer to it when answering the questions. Children should be reading daily at home for a minimum of 20 minutes. Teachers and senior managers use the individual data from Accelerated Reader to monitor reading progress.


The spelling list is given out each Monday. Children in KS1 have 10 words to learn each week, while children in KS2 have up to 20 words to learn. The test happens the following Monday. The marked test will be in your child’s book bag for you to review.


This term we are focusing on improving handwriting. This is to ensure the ease of joining, so that our fluency and presentation of our writing improves. Each Friday your child will bring home a handwriting task linked to what has been taught. The task will need to be returned on a Tuesday, enabling teachers to read the work and provide feedback

Home Learning Projects


We continue with the class home learning projects. Many children produce spectacular sculptures and informative pieces of writing linked to their topics. We thank you for your support and value your input.


Your child needs to know all their times tables (up to the 12 times table) by the end of Year 4. In Years 5 and 6 they will be moving onto much more complicated concepts, such as multiplying and dividing using four-digit numbers, plus problem-solving involving fractions and percentages. It is therefore vital that they enter Year 5 really confident in all their times tables.


Below is the order we teach the times tables at the academy.

 x10  x5  x2  x4  x8  x3  x6  x9  x7

Alongside learning their times tables, it is vital that children learn the division facts for each times table (for example: division facts for the 3 x table are: 6 ÷ 3 = 2, 9 ÷ 3 = 3, 12 ÷ 4 = 3).

Additional homework

The academy provides revision guides for the children in Year 2 and Year 6 to help them prepare for their end of Key Stage statutory assessments. Each week the class teacher sets homework from this guide for your child to complete. We ask that parents monitor this homework. We need to see the revision guides each Friday in their book bags.