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27/05/24

Our latest newsletter is now available on our website, covering a busy Half Term 5! https://t.co/tHaLz2Zqie.

15/05/24

Congratulations to our four Sixth Form students who successfully secured IGY Scholarships! 🎉Your commitment to innovation and academic excellence mirrors the pioneering spirit of the world's greatest innovators. We can't wait to see the great things you achieve! 🌟 🎓 pic.twitter.com/FMGElC2w2M

14/05/24

📚 Exam Season Has Begun! 📚We want to wish all students the very best in their exams. As you continue on this journey, embrace your potential and show the world what you're capable of. We are proud of each one of you! ⭐#ExamSeason pic.twitter.com/0VZAsxBysf

09/05/24

Coding Club's using Minecraft to teach programming at the moment - excellent turnout today as they write code to create a castle pic.twitter.com/JwvILzuXpU

02/05/24

Great parent session with GamCare this evening looking at the complexities of gaming and gambling for our young people. One parent said “really appreciate you offering this session: makes it easier for us parents navigating the complexity of these matters”

24/04/24

Our Student Ambassadors have proudly participated in The Diana Award's Anti-bullying Programme today, demonstrating their commitment to foster a kinder, safer and more inclusive community. 🌟 A huge thank you to The Beaulieu Park School for being such great hosts! pic.twitter.com/PRSvvUinyi

19/04/24

🎉 What a fantastic Eid Celebration Event we had today! A massive thank you to everyone who joined us, creating a truly joyful atmosphere and warm community spirit. A special thanks to Unitas Communications for their generous contribution. 🌟#EidAlFitr2024 pic.twitter.com/dCU32Eo9pg

19/04/24

We begin our community celebrations Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/V9M27V2BVh

08/04/24

Recruiting now! HATO prioritises excellent behaviour systems, so that teachers have the freedom to teach. Check out the positions available below. Deadline 11/04/24https://t.co/ZAbTSYU8rd

26/03/24

It was great to welcome families of Year 13 vocational students to the academy tonight to outline the roadmap of the crucial last few weeks of coursework and exams. Nearly there! pic.twitter.com/urXrOGetlq

08/03/24

From dawn's first whistle to noon's vibrant buzz, our HASJW girls embody the football dream! 🏆 Today showcased skillful dribbles & thrilling goals ⚽ pic.twitter.com/Vzqx9PXxsB

08/03/24

We were lucky to hear from lots of inspirational women, and the careers panel and tour were a great chance to hear the backgrounds of those working in tech and their advice for our girls. It has given them lots of motivation - thanks to all who made it a special day! (4/4) pic.twitter.com/xtdXiTzCvJ

08/03/24

...We then had a chance to try some of the exciting tech that Microsoft are developing, such as generative AI coding tools and augmented reality headsets. Minecraft was even used to teach about responsible AI! 💻🎮 (3/4) pic.twitter.com/EJktN6IxK8

08/03/24

We started with an inspirational speech by , which highlighted some remarkable innovations by women that were not given due credit in their time. The current stats are still sobering - yet the optimism in the talk really motivated our girls and set up the day (2/4) pic.twitter.com/Of9IBh69Nk

08/03/24

Rise and shine! 🌟 The HASJW Girls are out on the field, kicking off their day with a football session before school. Passion, dedication, and drive in every move. Here's to breaking barriers and making every goal count! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ds2L5mVYj8

05/03/24

Proud to support our sister school and the Headteacher of Primary Emily Smith. Please do sign up, every little helps. https://t.co/fx5W3cagNZ

04/03/24

Our Year 12 and 13 IT students were very lucky to get to spend today at the legendary . We had a tour of Lord's, learned about The Hundred's digital marketing strategy, and did a rebranding exercise. Thanks to for making it happen!🏏 pic.twitter.com/nx232UdhHZ

26/02/24

Today's the first day of mock exams for our Year 11 cohort. Plenty of flash cards being swapped at lunch and friends testing each other on the content - really good to see. Tomorrow is English Lan, DT, and Biology! ✏️ 🎓 pic.twitter.com/XyVU1i4ybr

20/02/24

Can you spare £10Crowdfunding to support children and their families at Harris Academy Tottenham. on JustGiving https://t.co/wRRiEQJEAI

16/02/24

We've been shortlisted in the Trust Collaboration category in the MAT Excellence Awards for our partnership with the , encompassing all curriculum subjects across all 32 secondary schools!Watch our video case studies: https://t.co/gkLUgUnl42 pic.twitter.com/GXpWQvBl46

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Literacy

At HASJW, we promote the values of 'WORD' skills: Writing, Oracy, Reading and Development of vocab

 

The importance of Writing

As you can see from our (attached) Literacy policy, we work hard to support students with a range of strategies to improve their writing.

In May 2023, the Harris Federation audited our literacy provision, meeting staff, observing lessons and analysing reading age test data. The audit report said:

"Literacy development, including disciplinary literacy, has been an area of focus for several years at the academy which is evidenced by the effective embedding of a wide range of literacy strategies across the curriculum. Training has focused on breaking down complex writing tasks combining writing instruction with reading and exposing the students to appropriately challenging academic texts."

The importance of Oracy

Alongside various Oracy competitions, Debate Club and Debate Mate, our teachers are trained to support the development of students' oracy skills.  Please, see (attached) our Oracy policy.

In July 2023, our students competed in a competition with other Harris schools. The judges reported:

Both speeches were amazing: Mundhir was told he could be a professional speech writer in the judges' feedback, and Keyaan's was a really inspirational and moving speech.

The importance of Reading

Reading each night is an important aspect of educational success. Indeed, research has proven that reading enjoyment is more important for children's educational success than any other factor (OECD, 2002).  For this reason, the school routinely tests students’ reading age. 

To improve their reading further, students must read a book every night for at least 30 minutes.  They should aim to finish a book of their choice every two weeks.  It is very important that you encourage them to do so.  All students have access to a range of challenging and age-appropriate books to borrow in the school library

All students in Year 7-10 have silent reading once a week in tutor time, in addition to Literacy focused tutor time activities once a week.

All 6th form students have access to the book box in the 6th form LC for a selection of reading, as well as routine visits to their lessons from our library team, who bring books relevant to their subjects to class for borrowing.  All Year 12 students are allocated 'Careers Reading Groups' (once a week, during tutor time), in which they read and discuss articles related to their future career interests.

In May 2023, the Harris Federation audited our literacy provision, meeting staff, observing lessons and analysing reading age test data. The audit report said:

"The Leaders of Literacy have put in place a range of initiatives to develop a love of reading amongst students. The library is a bright and attractive space."

Reading age tests (Years 7-11):

HASJW uses a programme called NGRT to test students' reading age (More information is available here).  The test is made up of two parts: sentence completion (which measures decoding with some element of comprehension); and passage comprehension (which measures a range of comprehension skills of increasing difficulty). 

Students who read routinely for pleasure often have reading ages higher than their actual age.  Some students have reading ages lower than their actual age (e.g. they might be 14 years old but have a reading age of 13, because their language skills are under-developed.)  These students receive extra support in school.  Please, see attached document on our Literacy Interventions for these students.

In May 2023, the Harris Federation audited our literacy provision. The audit report said:

"Leaders of Literacy have worked hard and considered a range of factors when developing the academy wide approach to literacy. NGRT tests show that around 80% of students have an average or better score and the mean standard age score for this group is significantly higher than the national average."

Accelerated Reader (Years 7-10):

To support students’ reading skills we use a programme called Renaissance Place (Accelerated Reader), which allows students to take quizzes on books they have read.  Their English teacher will then offer advice on what they might read next. This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which your child and you can access outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. You can log in to Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection and compatible browser. Their usernames and passwords can be found in their planners.

For a list of compatible browsers, please click here.

If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add homeconnectautodelivery@renlearnrp.com to your address book. 

Renaissance says...

"According to research, children who read for at least 25 minutes a day see the greatest gains." Our students are almost there...

 

Development of vocab:

Bedrock is a teaching tool/intervention.  It teaches students new vocabulary. Students should use Bedrock every Monday/Wednesday/Friday evening, as part of their homework.  However, they are able to complete tasks every day including weekends, if they wish to do so.  Students have already been provided with the usernames and passwords.  Access codes are also available for parents so that they can also track and monitor the progress of their child. These are stuck into student planners. If you cannot find the stickers in their planners, you can get these access codes by emailing dilan.kulekci@harrisstjohnswood.org.uk

In February 2024, we received this email from the makers of Bedrock: 

“I wanted to reach out and firstly to say congratulations [...] Not only are you very near the top of the Harris rankings, but also international ones too - it's truly amazing!” 

In March 2024, we received this email from the makers of Bedrock: 

“On behalf of Bedrock Learning, I wanted to pass on my heartfelt congratulations for your impressive learner engagement in February. On average, pupils learned 49 words each [in February] and made 72% of progress in terms of words learned.” 

Targeted support (Years 7-13):

Depending on the reading age of students and their needs, they may be invited to attend some of the following. Please, see attached document on 'Literacy Interventions Overview' for evaluation of the impact of these interventions, as well as details of how staff are trained to deliver this support and how students are selected.

  • 'Books and Biscuits': Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime (voluntary attendance: all welcome)
  • 'Literacy Support Groups': Monday, 3.50-4.40PM (Students are grouped according to whether their need relates to comprehension, phonics, EAL, conversation-making)
  • EAL A & B support intervention: timetabled for students in groups throughout the week
  • Our Key Stage 3 and Year 12 reading mentors programme: Tuesday tutor time
  • Phonics focused Year 8 classThis intervention takes place during the first 20 minutes of English lessons. We ensure these students do not miss out on the English curriculum as a consequence: they study the same curriculum as all other students in the remaining 40 minutes of the lesson with the guidance of one of our most experienced English teachers, Ms Kulecki, and Ms Osman, our Literacy LSA. 
  • Literacy Support focused Year 7 class - Students are grouped according to whether their need relates to comprehension, phonics, EAL).  This intervention takes place during the first 20 minutes of English lessons.  We ensure these students do not miss out on the English curriculum as a consequence: they study the same curriculum as all other students in the remaining 40 minutes of the lesson with the support of 4 adults in the room - this allows for intense support during coverage of our English curriculum.
  • Creative Writing club and Debate Club (Y7-11)- Wednesday lunchtime and 3.50-4.30PM (voluntary attendance: all welcome)
  • Spelling Bee (Y7) - termly events 
  • Debate Mate (Y7-10) - Wednesday, 4-5PM
  • 6th form Oracy (Y12-13) - student run societies, including Medicine-Dentistry Society, and the process of EPQ presentations offer 6th form students the chance to develop their oracy skills.  In addition, Y12 have a guest speakers model oracy skills every Friday, period 5.
  • Year 12 Careers Reading groups - students read and discuss articles related to their future careers during tutor time once a week.

Our provision of targeted support, using Phonics and Comprehesion resources developed by Ruth Miskin's Fresh Start programme, was reviewed in May 2024. On the back of that, our consultant from Fresh Start sent us an email saying:

"Your [Fresh Start teachers] team are dedicated and have strong relationships with the students.  We observed calm lessons with much participation."