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15/10/21

Check out our HABE Art instagram page.. ! https://t.co/hAfqvywPPe

14/10/21

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Our wonderful Steel Pan band performed throughout lunch and conducted a workshop for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations 🎶 https://t.co/KclkQof36q

14/10/21

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A wonderful Pianist and Saxophonist performed throughout lunch today for staff and students as part of our Black History Month celebrations   🎶 https://t.co/aC80VwPaNF

14/10/21

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The Performing Arts notice board here at has been updated with all of the timetables and extra-curricular activities available 🎶 🎭 https://t.co/gStMexkb6M

14/10/21

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Our year 7 boys ready to go.. good luck lads! https://t.co/MxbOeFmI89

06/10/21

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We had a fantastic time at our first ever netball tournament this afternoon at Bromley High. It was brilliant to see the girls playing together, the progress throughout this afternoon was amazing 🏐 I’m very proud and I can’t wait to watch these superstars in more fixtures ⭐️ https://t.co/kKooX74k5H

06/10/21

Some *fantastic* examples of cells made by Year 7 https://t.co/2sZgkas6q1

06/10/21

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ANNOUNCEMENTs Unfortunately the opponent has withdrawn this morning from the year 7 boys football match. We will still be running a small sided game after school for the students so they can play some football. We have automatically gone through to the next round ⚽️ 🚨

06/10/21

Only another 2000 to go!! Busy times but we love that the local community can see how amazing our students and staff really are.#HABEShiningBrightly

06/10/21

Every day is open day at HABE- what a unique and special community we have, come see our amazing students in action. 1000 parents and students through the door already. https://t.co/NlwhP59h5Q

06/10/21

Our year 7 and 8 being scientists for the day designing and modifying ther own cells! Blowing away my the creativity of our students. What a week and its only Wednesday!

06/10/21

Experiencing the outdoors in year 7 with primitive living experiences and being in tune with nature and the great outdoors.

06/10/21

What an amazing week at HABE, students going above and beyond again.#ProudtobeHABE Sixth Formers helping Living Well in Penge - helping the community with the  generosity from our students and families

05/10/21

We have a number of items that have been left behind. Students will be able to collect these from the canteen tomorrow from 8am.

05/10/21

No problem - we will wait with her 👍

05/10/21

🔊Travel Update 🔊 The Bushcraft trip will be arriving back to the Academy around 4:45pm! We will let you know if anything changes

05/10/21

We can now announce our Virtual Open Evening will be on Thursday 11th November - stay tuned for further information!

05/10/21

Moved by the statistic, that "Fewer than 1% of students at GCSE study a book by a writer of colour", Ms Wrighton applied for a book giveaway, run by , to win 100 books written by black authors... we are delighted to say we have been successful!

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WORD - Writing, Oracy and Reading Development Introduction

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.

Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing, and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas. 

We owe it to our students to give them the very best literacy skills in order to improve their chances in life, and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.

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WORD POLICY

We adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole academy responsibility and not just that of the English department. We also invite you to join us in developing your son’s literacy at home.   

Reading and literacy skills are the key to learning and pleasure. They open doors and allow our students to access all aspects of the curriculum, whilst improving oracy, communication and problem-solving skills.

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.

Senior Staff Developing Future Readers

Every member of the senior leadership team reads with students in tutor group time to emphasise the importance of reading and help promote literacy across the Academy.

 “That is why we’ve started a system where the senior team, including me, goes into tutor groups regularly to read with the students for 20 minutes.”- Ciara Warnock - Principal.

Ms Castro - Assistant Principal, reading with students.

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