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20/02/20

We found him... https://t.co/DzJiD6kslV

20/02/20

Mr Christopher will send you an email.

19/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020⛷ Pizza night in Bormio! https://t.co/qp7w3XEBPU

19/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020⛷Another great day on the slopes... https://t.co/SSOiD1d8Ny

19/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020⛷ Day 4 and the conditions are still perfect! https://t.co/crU4hYXsoP

17/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020⛷ Another great day of skiing! https://t.co/quXMze2r4D

17/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ Early morning crew out on the slopes already! https://t.co/zV1G7hhzLw

16/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷The infamous HABE ski quiz is underway! https://t.co/4BRykCTHKZ

16/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ great afternoon ski for the advanced group! https://t.co/AQ9ndUFjRJ

16/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ First morning of skiing done! Some great progress being made all round! https://t.co/DURmBekQ38

16/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷We are ready and excited for the first day of skiing! https://t.co/4jz9bRDyaU

15/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷Ski fitting is done and now waiting for dinner 🍕🥩🍝 https://t.co/zdCTI6YmZe

15/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷Snow is looking good for tomorrow! https://t.co/pappevnRGu

15/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ we have arrived safe and sound! Will be posting pictures soon!

15/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ journey going well! https://t.co/fveRrpsem8

14/02/20

⛷Ski Trip 2020 ⛷ We have boarded the ferry and are on our way!!

12/02/20

Retweetd From Inspiring the Future

Yesterday, some amazing sixth-form students from were at 's “our journey to decarbonisation” conference at The Crystal. Watch this fantastic speech from the event. https://t.co/gumd03c5zV

11/02/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation Geography

Y7 students completing fieldwork in Kelsey Park. Examining the impact of human activity in their local area. https://t.co/UgbRz7gPAZ

06/02/20

Y7 students calculating how long in earth years it would take to get to various planets using various modes of transportation, eg Usain Bolt running or riding a horse! Fun fact -Usain bolt would take 114 yrs to run to Venus versus a space craft taking 2 months#ROGSchools https://t.co/ntjDHpl4cq

06/02/20

Congratulations! The music department and students managed to raise almost £100 in the cake sale this week to rent a double bass for the HABE Big Band orchestra! https://t.co/6utvdONWfE

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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.