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01/04/20

We have today donated 300 pairs of Science goggles to the NHS - Bromley NHS will be sending them to care homes, social work and GP surgeries this week. https://t.co/grMytOuMqN

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.

19/03/20

Harris Academy Beckenham Coronavirus Update: the Academy will remain closed to Year 9 and Year 10 students on Friday 20th March 2020. All other year groups to attend Academy as normal. Please visit our website for further information.

18/03/20

Harris Academy Beckenham Coronavirus Update: the Academy will remain closed to Year 9 and Year 10 students on Thursday 19th March 2020. All other year groups to attend Academy as normal. Please visit our website for further information.

17/03/20

Please note that Harris Academy Beckenham is partially closing to Y9 and Y10 students on Wednesday 18th March 2020. Please view our website for further information. Our website will be updated every day at 4.00pm with new information.

17/03/20

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17/03/20

Thank you very much for your kind comments.

16/03/20

Calling all HABE students to showcase their performing talents tonight! https://t.co/adXgez4hhg

12/03/20

British Science Week - Careful design and planning have resulted in some amazing houses being built exclusively from recycled materials - working towards the future! https://t.co/kI883D38NF

12/03/20

Our Y11 students engrossed in a Macbeth workshop in preparation for their Y11 English Literature exam. This performance was followed by a Q&A session giving our students the chance to understand in greater depth the character's intentions, behaviour and mental state of mind. https://t.co/sXmpRj1xlB

12/03/20

More visitors to our HABE during British Science Week - fascinating and beautiful! https://t.co/jHrtiJlY7Q

11/03/20

British Science Week - ZOOLAB. Always a favorite with our students and staff! Snake skins to rats! Fascinating facts and hands on experiences. https://t.co/Ni8xA6R3e5

11/03/20

... And here we have our finished bath bombs! Well done!! They smell divine and bath time will be a real treat for some of our lucky students or Mums perhaps? https://t.co/emenGdiDHG

10/03/20

British Science Week at HABE! Making bath bombs today! Today mixing the raw ingredients - tomorrow we see the final results once they have set ... https://t.co/ft8MSrK4ZU

06/03/20

HABE WBD 2020! https://t.co/JFLzx6kdpq

05/03/20

Science and beyond! ... https://t.co/6LhW573bDG

02/03/20

Invitation to all HABE students! Come and tread the boards and showcase your talents! https://t.co/rscq6AxspJ

01/03/20

Thank you for a brilliant workshop with our Student Commisioners this week. https://t.co/CKNwzY7DF1

27/02/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Today we launched today we start to make physical activity a habit https://t.co/zyxO0kyCPf

27/02/20

Many congratulations to our Y7 Debate Mate team, who have valiantly battled their way through the qualifying rounds today to earn their place in the final against Harris Academy Bermondsey. https://t.co/tQpEhvjNfE

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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.