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A selection of art pieces from our painting unit last half term! All of our students will have their paintings displayed at our art exhibition in May.


Please tell Angie we miss her immensely and that we hope she is settling in well!


Y1 have been taking a closer look into the different parts and tastes of apples in their DT lesson today. This is all in preparation for their fruit salads later in the term!


A massive thank you to for providing an amazing drawing/printing workshop for our Y5 students yesterday, they were extremely engaged throughout.


Y1 have been using a variety of different tools to see which one is best for painting within a boundary line. A great art lesson of experimenting and our students being able to reach conclusions on their own.


Y2 have braved the cold and have been learning all about nature art at today.


Y5 have been cooking up a storm in the DT room making some delicious chunky vegetable soup. Just what is needed as the weather is turning colder.


It was ‘BERRY’ nice to meet Pudsey bear today to hear all about the great charity . Some of our children got a lucky invitation to bake some delicious cupcakes with the lovely jam company, they were scrumptious!


Our Y6 artists have been taking their observational skills to the next level and started on their 1:1 scale drawings of their school bags. We will share the outcomes with you next week!


Our reception artists enjoyed a ‘Kandinsky’ art lesson of letting the music guide their lines and shapes on their paper. Lots of eyes closed so they could fully be immersed in the experience.


Y2 have been working on the visual element of line this half term and worked collaboratively to create owl feathers using different media.


Our Y6 students, as part of their DT lesson, went on a walk this afternoon to find a variety of freshly baked bread within our local community. We found Turkish Pide, sourdough, Jamaican sweet bread, Jamaican fruit bun and a delicious three cheese Colombian loaf!


Our new reception children had their first art lesson with Ms Tarr where they were learning all about the visual element line. Their skills were put to the test when designing hairstyle for their new teachers. They look fabulous!!


A trip to the park today for our holiday WRAPZters, they are a wild bunch!


Day 3 at holiday WRAPZ and still so much to do!!


A HUGE thank you to Friends of Philip Lane (FOPL) who have kindly brought some much needed games for WRAPZ holiday club. They have been thoroughly enjoyed!


Year 6 had a wonderful time at Walthamstow Wetlands, walking, bird-spotting, sketching and enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature.


What an AMAZING concert we had today showcasing the incredible steel pans for our year groups 3-6! Here is a little snippet from HPAPL steel pan club.


Chessington 2023 is over! We're on our way back to school after an outstanding day of excitement.

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Phonics & RWI


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At Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane our aim is for all children to become fluent, confident readers. We use Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc programme to deliver our phonic teaching. You can find more information about the scheme at

Read Write Inc supports us in putting reading at the heart of our school and ensures that staff have the knowledge and determination needed to teach every child, regardless of their age, background or need. Reading will give your child the tools to become an independent life-long learner. 

We achieve this by:

  • Teaching reading using Read Write Inc.  
  • Reading a range of storybooks daily to encourage a love of reading

At HPAPL we teach Read Write Inc. (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their reading and writing. 

What is RWI?
RWI is a literacy programme which teaches all children to learn to read fluently. 

At first, children learn to read ‘sounds’ and then learn how to blend those sounds together to read a word. 

Once they can read words, they read carefully matched Storybooks containing words they know. 

Their speed and fluency increases on subsequent reads of the book.

All children are assessed half termly by our RWI leader so children are always learning to read at the right stage for them. 

Children are re-grouped each half term. 

How can I help at home?

Use pure sounds

We use pure sounds (‘mmm’ not ’muh’,’sss’ not ‘suh’, etc.). This helps children to blend the sounds into words more easily. 

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.

Sound out words using ‘Fred Talk’

We use a puppet called Fred who only talks in sounds. We call it ‘Fred Talk’. 
E.g. m-o-p (mop), c-a-t (cat), m-a-n (man).

Use Fred Talk throughout the day at home eg. ‘it’s time for l-u-n-ch… lunch!’



Use the handwriting phrases 

For each letter, there is a handwriting phrase. Use the handwriting phrase to support your child with their letter formation when writing.


Practice at home

Your class teacher will send home links to Virtual lessons. 

Please follow these links (which may come in the form of QR codes) and encourage your child to join in. 

The more times they access the lessons, the better! Learning to read can be hard, but the more practice a child has, the easier it will become.

Listening to your child reading 

Once your child knows how to read the initial sounds and can blend these sounds into words, they will bring books home. 

Encourage them to read the book to you using ‘Fred Talk’. Your child will have read these books in school, so please don’t worry if they are reading the book easily. We want them to show off their reading to you at home!


Reading to your child

We inspire a love of reading in our children by reading to them. 

Read a wide range of stories daily. Make this a special time for you and your child to bond over books.