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23/10/20

As part of our school celebration, we created a video with a few students from our community sharing what they love about their cultural backgrounds. Please view our video... Cultural heritage https://t.co/NfDuJNz3WR via ENJOY! https://t.co/exYB2iQu1K

21/10/20

Retweetd From Trauma Informed Schools UK

Every child with and ACE (adverse child experience) needs a knight. That knight can be you. Just one emotionally-available adult in a child's school career can make all the difference. We can make a difference, you can make a difference.... https://t.co/xD5SQB1W1R https://t.co/qRWZzb7dNT

21/10/20

Young Gifted And STEM is an organisation to improve the engagement of Black and Minority Ethnic students with STEM subjects. On Sat 24th October Harris Invictus Academy Croydon will be hosting the launch event aimed at 14-18 year olds. Register here! https://t.co/nW4x6d0McG https://t.co/s4LzCqSpeh

17/10/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

HABE SUPER SUNDAY! Each week a different department will set a challenge - team PE went first.. Get any ball from any sport into a bin as far away as possible, how do you think we did? Tweet your video's or send to b.judd.org.uk https://t.co/MmOPlnxOzj

15/10/20

Please view the latest correspondence we have received from the Local Authority regarding Covid 19. https://t.co/UFgwVXgEjB https://t.co/Y6gR0HXGD2

15/10/20

First student commission meeting of the year, Mrs Warnock, Mr Christopher and the student commission discussed 4 main points: COVID, Conduct, Homework & Thinking Hard, a new education system our school is implementing. Created very positive discussions and feedback. https://t.co/5jUnPyerW1

14/10/20

Celebrating BHM. https://t.co/ugrjRg9Ea5

14/10/20

HABE celebrates Black History Month exhibiting examples of outstanding artwork! https://t.co/3W78Tten81

13/10/20

# Oxbridge •Thu 15th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to UCAS •Wed 14th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to HEA •Tue 13th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to HABE Sixth Form Team

12/10/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Another excellent turnout for year 8 boys football training this evening https://t.co/Veml6dfzRk

12/10/20

Competition time! History-Research David Olusoga and re-design a front cover for his book Black and British. Explain your re-design in 200 words. Refer to at least three historical details from black British history. Email- Ms Hussein l.Hussein.org. https://t.co/nMBnJNhsv0

12/10/20

BHM - Competition time for all HABE students! PE- Send a video of yourself showboating a skill or trick shot in any sport/activity. To enter email- Mr Shone g.shone.org.uk. https://t.co/QhH33NeUu7

12/10/20

BHM - Competition time for all HABE students! English- Create a poster of a key black figure exploring their importance (Deadline Fri 16th Oct). To enter email- Ms Valente l.valente.org.uk https://t.co/lanOzDFfrP

12/10/20

Retweetd From Secret Headteacher

If you’re a parent, drop your kid’s school a line to tell them they’re doing a good job. It’ll mean the world when they find it on Monday morning.

09/10/20

Calling Y12! Introducing K+ Kings College London programme. completely free and offers a programme of events, activities and academic workshops created to help support your university application and more! Apply here https://t.co/I5GJrw10OA Deadline - Friday the 23rdOctober https://t.co/q2vqdvi1A2

09/10/20

BHM - celebrating key figures https://t.co/62iXWC95DR

08/10/20

Celebrating people from every background and culture! “We are changed by what we see. Just as we are changed when we are seen” .

07/10/20

Celebrating Black History Month... https://t.co/F9emu63iWh

06/10/20

Celebrating cultural cuisine during Black History Month! https://t.co/4dBSGuctdz

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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.