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15/02/19

We've updated our calendar dates. Check them out here: https://t.co/6NFx8HHKCB

15/02/19

Our Year 6 Saturday school continues this weekend and the Holiday Academy begins on Monday 18th until Wednesday 20th. See you there Year 6!

15/02/19

As you know, we're on staff training today but just in case you're missing us here's a clip from yesterdays Origami Club with their giant planes! Watch this amazing flight from one of our Origami pilots! https://t.co/7Ec9iXT4pU

14/02/19

With our staff training day tomorrow, you're being treated to our newsletter early this week! Enjoy! https://t.co/yTZT5k0SjX

14/02/19

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Cadiz class have made some lovely cards to give to their loved ones - families and friends. Cadiz class wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! https://t.co/arwwUW48QD

14/02/19

Yr 4’s Kandinsky inspired art is now being shown off in the KS2 corridor! They have used oil pastels to represent different emotions through colours and circles. https://t.co/bUNgJpqqK4

14/02/19

Term dates for the academic year 2019/2020 have now been added to our website. You can find them here: https://t.co/p4lNavjuQB

14/02/19

Year 3 have worked really hard this half term learning about the compositions of landscapes. They have created 3D pictures by correctly layering their background, middleground and foreground’s together. https://t.co/u3cEktyP8R

14/02/19

Yr 2 have been studying pointillism this half term. These final pieces were inspired by the artist Seurat and looking at bouquets of real flowers. https://t.co/na35Nv0lYX

13/02/19

We are please to announce that we will be holding tours of our nursery for prospective parents on - Wednesday 6th March at 1.30pm - Wednesday 25th April at 1.30pm Please contact the office to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

12/02/19

Year 2 loved their trip to today - pick up the newsletter this week to read all about it! https://t.co/8uDVQqis3k

12/02/19

THIS has appeared on the first floor corridor overnight! https://t.co/p3HU84bJ7l

12/02/19

Guess who’s been touching the star fish?! ⭐️ https://t.co/WzUv30QP3w

11/02/19

Please remember that Friday 15th February is an INSET day and children should not attend school.

11/02/19

The children arrived at nursery this morning to find a crime scene in The Three Bears Cottage. Someone has broken Baby Bears chair! The children had to investigate the clues to find the culprit... https://t.co/h9uedvGiJc

11/02/19

Another successful in . Today our parents enjoyed engaging in learning with their children during our session! Thank you to everyone who came along, we loved having you! https://t.co/B3njMQmVgN

11/02/19

We hope you all had a tremendous weekend?! If you fancy catching up on all the news from last week (it was a busy one!), you can read all about it here: https://t.co/Wa9NfeyzcH

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Literacy

The specialism at Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane is Literacy.  We chose this as our specialism because we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively is extremely important.

There are often Literacy events throughout the year. Some of these involve the whole academy, getting everyone reading and writing together to create an exciting event for all children and staff. This provides an exciting learning opportunity for teachers and pupils. Our pupils also visit the local public library in Tottenham at planned times during the year.

All our children have daily Literacy lessons. This includes reading, writing, spelling and grammar teaching. There are daily opportunities to practice and enjoy reading at Philip Lane including in our structured reading  lessons (when all children read independently, as a group or with the teacher every day). Reading occurs at other times of the day too  e.g. we  strongly promote reading and writing across the curriculum so children have a sense of  purpose and can apply their learning. 

We actively encourage our parents as partners in their child's learning and our approach to home reading is central to this. Our aim is to make sure all children can read fluently by the time they leave Year 2. Currently we use Read, Write Inc. which is an  apporach to Literacy teaching  in Reception and Year 1 underpinned by  daily, discrete phonics lessons. In the nursery  the children have a daily small group phonics session. At this stage, children are  tuning into sounds to develop thier phonological awareness. In this context, sessions are play based, often games with emphasis on hearing and saying. We use the Letters and Sounds Programme (Department of Educaton) to underpin planning for this provision in Nursery.

We  teach all our children to become effective communicators, working with them on their speaking skills in a range of contexts so that they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. Our staff value the importance of speech and language development and are supported to articulate clearly with close attention to accurate grammar and pronounciation in speech  at all times of the school day.

We take great pride in presentation and see handwriting as a vital component of literacy. Our aim is for all pupils to have developed an automatic, joined style by the time they enter Key Stage 2.

At HPAPL grammar teaching is a core element of our Literacy curriculum. There is a range of compelling evidence to support the teaching of modern grammar for writing, recently summarised in a report by The Exeter Grammar for Writing Project, December 2010.  The characteristics of spoken language are very different from written language. Writing needs to be more concise and explicit, whereas spoken language often relies on context, facial expression, intonation and pause and gesture to convey meaning and create effect. As part of grammar study, it is important that children learn the conventions of Standard English so that they can adopt an appropriate level of formality in their writing appropriate to audience and purpose.

Our website calendar regularly publishes dates for  parent and  family workshops that are  designed to enable support at home.

 

Simone Durrant