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12/07/20

Well done to all our students who were nominated for an end of term award. Please visit the link below and login to your HABE account to view the 'Virtual Celebration Assembly' https://t.co/FfGd1csFcd All certificates and £10 vouchers have been posted to our winners! https://t.co/ziPpWUnoPe

07/07/20

HARRIS ACADEMY BECKENHAM IS STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE IN CAREERS EDUCATION. Please click on the link to find out more on our careers website page. https://t.co/WXGxGZ27vP https://t.co/5X4NO02QuZ

03/07/20

Your chance to go down in history! You are being asked to reflect on your experiences of lockdown for a digital time capsule to be displayed on a dedicated Children of Lockdown website kept forever as part of the British Library’s UK Web Archive - visit https://t.co/fMKpnBuuhN https://t.co/yTUexMyWlg

30/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

This week...how about a game of don’t let the ballon hit the floor! Great for movement, hand eye coordination and tactics. Just make sure you have space! https://t.co/3BXKP4HwDK

29/06/20

Welcome to our new Y6 students starting in September 2020! We are very excited about meeting you in person soon, however in the meantime please take a look at our Virtual Tour of the Academy and our Welcome Guide to Y6 via the link ... https://t.co/UJtm1Og7AC

29/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

This half-term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week: creating instruments and music from household objects and devising a piece of theatre, taking on the role of performer, director and designer. https://t.co/x6TA2UzsK3

26/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Day 5: Virtual Sports Day- The HABE Lockdown Pentathlon. Access the easy to follow guide on MS Teams or the HABE website. Good luck and stay hydrated 🥇🥈🥉 https://t.co/GJ73qEQqVD

25/06/20

For those of you that didn’t make our Virtual Sports Awards yesterday evening; you can still watch it by clicking the link: https://t.co/g0zRiJvYwv Well done to our amazing PE team

24/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Day 3 of National School Sports Week; - Reminder that Sports Awards is tonight at 6pm. Invitations have gone out via email to our sport stars. If you have not received an email and are apart of football,rugby or netball please email b.judd for the link https://t.co/Fu1VRgvdwt

24/06/20

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We warmly welcome staff and students from to our Virtual Symposium. We feel privileged to be featuring your students. https://t.co/rw6oPls5Ta

24/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Day 2 of National School Sports Week; - remember to send in your selfies 🤳 to be involved in the virtual team photo.. here are just a few of our students who have represented the school this year 🏉⚽️🏀🏐 https://t.co/TPS5FBoOhz

22/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Day 1 of National School Sports Week; A massive thank you to those who have sent in their selfies for - if you haven’t could you please send your selfies across to Mr Shone (boys) or Miss Picton (girls) by the end of the day 🤳🏉⚽️🏐 https://t.co/Qz5qHtjfY7

17/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

We’re supporting National School Sports Week at home 2020. Please check your emails, Microsoft Teams and the website to see what has on offer for next week! ⚽️🏀🏈🏓🏏🏋🏼‍♀️⛹🏽‍♀️🤸🏼🤾🏼‍♀️🧘🏼🏊🏼‍♀️🥇🥈🥉🏆

16/06/20

We are loving Mr Ford's Science red cabbage experiment https://t.co/Ynw4ioqJQm. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with this challenge and just look at the scientific findings we have been sent! https://t.co/Yy73Rj45ac

15/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

London Youth Games Week 2 Challenege.. Take part in the crossover dribble basketball challenge and compete for a chance to be chosen MVP of the week to win a pair of Nike trainers.. it’s all to play for! Good Luck! https://t.co/UDjsk6LRi0

15/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

This half term, Performing Arts students at HABE will be set various weekly activities to get creative juices flowing. This week, composing a piece of body percussion inspired by Stomp and to devise a piece of theatre using props/creating props using Physical Theatre. https://t.co/PwYGcaPbUI

04/06/20

Congratulations to our HABE DofE students who have participated in a certificate of social value for 2019-20 for contributing 455 hours, to an incredible total of 356,616 hours, of volunteering in their local community! Thank you Ms Picton for leading our students # https://t.co/jtKXmiFr4T

03/06/20

Another OUTSTANDING performance from the HABE virtual orchestra and choir! Please click on the link to hear their version of 'Times Like These' https://t.co/qOvAI9Ccls. A huge well done to all our performers and a special thank you to our very own Ms Stone! https://t.co/EeExzkXOpK

01/06/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Hope everybody had a lovely half-term! Weekly challenge: can you complete 7-8 hours of any physical activity this week? The more variety the better ⚽️🏈🏓🏏🏌🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️ First 5 people to screenshot and send to us will be nominated for virtual champion next week! 🏆

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WORD - Writing, Oracy and Reading Development

At Harris Academy Beckenham we are proud to have launched a brand new approach to literacy across the curriculum, called WORD (Writing, Oracy and Reading Development).

WORD skills are crucial to developing students’ ability to read and understand, write with fluency, accuracy and enthusiasm, and speak and listen with confidence and discernment.

Download an explanation of the intention, implementation and impact of our WORD approach. Download our WORD (Writing, Oracy and Reading Development) policy.


All subject areas

Attainment of proficient communication capacity skills is vital for students to access all areas of the curriculum, and to achieve social and academic success.

Due to the vital role of WORD skills in every student’s life, staff at all levels are aware of their duty to prioritise WORD within all areas of teaching and learning. We aim:

  • To ensure that standards of writing, oracy and reading are raised throughout all key stages and across all subject areas
  • To embed WORD skills across all subject areas
  • To develop a common language of communication capability across all subject areas
  • To empower students with the capacity to use language purposefully and efficiently in a range of contexts for a range of purposes, in both oral and written form, in a powerful, convincing and accurate manner
  • To increase the range and depth of literary knowledge to create a lifelong passion for reading and curiosity of texts.

Our curriculum pivots on WORD with every teacher dedicated to raising the levels of eloquent, accurate and confident communication of every student, regardless of their starting point.


Enriched vocabulary

We understand that an enriched vocabulary enables a better understanding of concepts and ideas and helps to develop their communication capabilities across all three core mediums of writing, oracy and reading. We act upon this by expanding their cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary. Students with a knowledge of words have an increased capacity to continue learning new knowledge in the future.

Students across all key stages are exposed to a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from pre-1914 to the modern day. Through this breadth of reading, students are encouraged to comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving; they learn to understand through our focus on reading that they have access to the constantly evolving world around them – past, present and future.