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Our Year 10 GCSE Drama students were taken to a live theatre production of Boys from the Blackstuff by James Graham in preparation for next year's Live Theatre Review. For many of them, this was their first time seeing live theatre, and all thoroughly enjoyed the production.


Anyone for tennis!



Group A coach 1 on their way to Rootd Adventure for a night of camping! Some very excited students this morning!#year7trip


Some of our year 9 students had the opportunity to visit The London Eye for a DT Trip on Friday, students were thoroughly engaged, even those who were scared of heights. A fun day looking and discussing local landmarks and architectural designs within central London 🎡



We have had all the tunes tonight at HABE and the kids have loved it! Please come and collect your child at 8pm - DJ Shone


A big thank you to DJ D, our very own inhouse DJ.


HABE's first ever Year 7 Disco is well underway, with everyone absolutely loving it! - DJ Shone


The Catering Team celebrating England's win.


Our new year 7 parents and students turned up in their hundreds on Monday and Tuesday as we hosted our parent information evening/induction day. The students were amazing! We now look forward to our next transition event: HABE Summer School ☀️ 📚


For more information follow this link- Child Benefit when your child turns 16 - (


Changes to child benefit for 16-19 years. Parents need to take action now.



Stella, our local Beckenham Cat decided to pay Mrs Hall a visit today.


HABE The book fair is here!To buy books, students fill in a wish list to take home. Parents pay for books using a QR code or go to Students bring completed wish list back to school to receive books. Book tokens also accepted.


🚨 TALENT SHOW 2024 🚨 Tickets are on ParentPay for our 2024 Talent Show - £6 per person. Tuesday 2nd July from 5pm (art exhibition) talent show acts to start at 6pm. Performances from the PE, Art, Drama and Music departments 🖼️


HABE Impact day for Year 8 students, with First Aid being taught by some of our amazing PE team, Ms Jaymes & Mr Stokes. All students learnt the basics of First Aid and even got to try out what they had learnt on each other!


HABE welcomed author, performance poet & rap artist to perform for year 7 students today, they loved his poems & inspirational stories about growing up in London & Nigeria. Later, a group of year 8 & 9s enjoyed Karl’s workshops so much that they all produced their own poems!


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Reading Across The Curriculum

We are confident that we introduce our students to an extensive selection of texts, deploying appropriate strategies for comprehension and fluency so that students can immerse themselves within their subject and enjoy the opportunities that knowledge of the written word opens. Every teacher is a teacher of reading.

Strategies to Support Reading Development at HABE

Supporting Staff

The reading curriculum

The Big Read

Targeted Intervention

The Library

Celebrating Reading

Equipping staff with the skills and knowledge they need to teach students to become accomplished readers.

Providing opportunities for students to read in curriculum time to create life-long readers

Providing regular reading opportunities for all students to generate confidence in reading for pleasure

Providing specific support for students who struggle to read through highly structured interventions specific to their reading profile

Ofering a suite of reading resources within the heart of the academy

Involving the academy community in special events to raise the profile of reading and engage students


Picture 1BDA – Before/During/After

Our research based BDA reading strategy lays the foundation of how reading is taught in all subjects at Harris Academy Beckenham. It aims to promote independence, improvement and an overall metacognitive awareness of how reading is managed in the brain by successful readers. During the Big Read tutor sessions and library lessons, students are taught how to use the Before/During/After strategies. 

Each time reading is encountered in the curriculum, staff will make the implicit skills of reading explicit through teaching reading comprehension strategies and students of all levels will build the skills needed to independently decode, comprehend and respond to challenging vocabulary, texts and ideas.

The Big Read  

All students in years 7 to 10 engage in three Big Read sessions a week, led by their tutor.  Each tutor group is allocated a challenging text which the teacher reads to his/her tutor group with the appropriate degree of fluency (pace, expression, stress and intonation). Explanations and questions are interspersed during reading alongside checking vocabulary and monitoring engagement. This is to model fluent expert reading as well as allow teachers to explain vocabulary, ask questions or offer clarifications.  Students are able to listen on a higher language level than they can read therefore the Big Read programme enables students to access more complex ideas and exposes them to second tier vocabulary. It also exposes less able readers to the same rich and engaging books that fluent readers read on their own. Age-appropriate strategies are used to improve the reading skills of all our young people and ensure that all students, regardless of background, are able to access the challenging texts during these sessions. 

This year our students are reading:

Year 7

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan
  • Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Year 8

  • Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorus
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Year 9

  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
  • Out of the Shadows by Jason Wallace
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Year 10

  • They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera
  • Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • When The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Accelerated Reading and library lessons

Our library plays a crucial role with regards to the development of reading. Within library lessons, all year 7, 8 and 9 students follow the Accelerated Reading (AR) programme, and also have an assigned lesson in the library each fortnight. AR is an efficient and successful programme to promote reading and support teachers in monitoring engagement. In order to promote student progress whilst also supporting teacher workload, our librarian runs fortnightly reports for teachers regarding progress and usage. During the assigned library lesson, teachers then target specific students based on comprehension ability and also reading enjoyment – students who have passed quizzes at a certain level more than once will be moved on in order to stretch them, with students struggling to quiz being targeted for individual conversation regarding book choice, genre and/or level of difficulty. Teachers also read with spotlight students during the library lesson in order to minimise the disadvantage gap, targeting specifically those students whose reading age is below their chronological age and are in receipt of pupil premium.