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09/05/22

Don’t forget to complete 120 points by May 29th to be entered automatically into the competition and be in the running to win some amazing prizes! https://t.co/Ab8eYjW6VY

21/03/22

Congratulations to our Bedrock Leaders in years 7-10. They have won a book of their choice and will be invited to a top secret event in the summer term. https://t.co/uuJhgYryTl

11/03/22

Our Year 10 Harris Experience students enjoying a day of talks, debate and Q&A with current students at the University of Cambridge https://t.co/uHdzijlwZC

30/11/21

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Here come the girls! Great evening of U14 Basketball at . Congratulations for taking part in our 🏀🏀🏀🏀 https://t.co/l6hMNYCt9K

22/11/21

A huge thank you to for organising an informative Food Industry Careers webinar for our Y10 students! https://t.co/X1hEmRD43W

03/11/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Battersea! We are so excited about this new Bedrock competition open to all of our Year 7-10 students. All you need to do is complete 140 points by the 19th of December! https://t.co/yM04UuNEGn

01/10/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Battersea! We are so excited about this new Bedrock competition open to all of our Year 7-9 students. All you need to do is complete 140 points by the 24th of October! https://t.co/vFiJk3W7n8

21/09/21

Our young people loved meeting you! https://t.co/UdQHiyPikI

11/08/21

Vacancy for Reflection & Inclusion Officer: come and join our fantastic and dedicated support staff. https://t.co/Gj4WAarck3

10/08/21

Congratulations to all of our students receiving results today. We are incredibly proud of your achievements and how hard you have worked!

14/07/21

If you’re interested in data, we’re interested in you! Vacancy for Data Manager at Harris Academy Battersea https://t.co/UYAVb00jrs

14/07/21

Looking for your next role in a diverse and successful school? Apply for our Administrative Officer role: https://t.co/UYAVb00jrs

15/06/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Battersea! We are so excited about this new Bedrock competition open to all of our Year 7-9 students. All you need to do is complete 120 points by the 18th of July! https://t.co/gJr6ypP6Y8

27/05/21

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Thank you to the students of for joining us this morning for the workshop! 😃 Nurses from across England came to share their experiences of nursing and excite the next generation to consider the career https://t.co/Xd5vHzyEOK

25/05/21

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Another amazing day delivering to the students at . Using 'maths by stealth' to create a large-scale event. For more information about the workshop, click here: https://t.co/BHftXmZL8O https://t.co/15sVYdjyfn

13/05/21

Thanks to for delivering such a brilliant and engaging day to our Year 8s! https://t.co/aRl80tkqAt

12/05/21

Retweetd From The Talent Foundry

We're having an amazing day delivering the to Year 7 students at . A fun, full day workshop linking maths to real-life! For more info, click here: https://t.co/BHftXmZL8O https://t.co/wAPz7vAXiP

19/10/20

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Amgad Salih, a 19 year old student from Peckham who is studying at the University of Oxford, shared this picture that his friend organised. They recreated the typical Oxford Bullingdon picture but with black students, to show black representation and inspire more Peckham people. https://t.co/F5L6ugILzz

15/09/20

Vacancy for a cover supervisor to join our support staff.https://t.co/vVflBSWYBl

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Vocabulary and Reading

On this page we'll include information for parents about how we support reading and vocabulary at Harris Academy Battersea, and how parents can help too.


Reading cloudReading Cloud - online library

Click HERE to access Reading Cloud, our school online library system, where you can search for and reserve books.

Reading Cloud also gives your child access to over 2000 online books. Each student will have been given their individual username and password in school. Please click HERE for the full list of online books available.


Vocabulary glossaries

See our latest vocabulary glossaries for each subject. Students will be tested on their newly acquired vocabulary across all subjects. To help them revise, please see the glossaries for your child’s year group.

Year 7 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary

Year 8 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary

Year 7-8 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary - Maths

Year 9 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary

Year 9 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary - Maths

Year 10 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary

Year 11 - Spring Term 1 vocabulary

Click HERE to see the 'how to use' guide for parents/carers, including tips on how to use the glossaries at home.


Bedrock Learning

Students are now using Bedrock Learning, an online programme where they can access both non-fiction and fiction texts to improve their reading skills and learn new vocabulary that will enhance the way they read, speak and write across all of their subjects.

Bedrock LearningAs students progress through the Bedrock curriculum, they will study hundreds of new words.

Research has shown that there is a direct link between a student’s vocabulary size and their academic achievement. Children with a wider vocabulary make faster progress at school, in further education and beyond. Narrow vocabularies affect directly students’ grades.

Students will complete two lessons of Bedrock per week. Students will have seven days to complete both lessons. The work will be set as homework by their English teacher. This means that their English teacher will be monitoring the completion.

You can log in to Bedrock at https://app.bedrocklearning.org/

When students first log in they will be asked to complete an alpha test. This must be completed on their own as it means that the programme is designed around them.

Individual login details have been sent to all parents in separate letters.


How can parents help?

  1. Sit through one Bedrock lesson with your child. You’ll get a clear idea of how long it should take them and the level they should be working at.
  2. If you have not done so already, create your Bedrock parent account. You will require the access code sent to you from HABS by email and the student code sent to your child’s email address. Click HERE to download the Bedrock parent guide, if you need help.
  3. Check the Vocab Notebook and the recent activity report to monitor your child’s progress. Congratulate them when they complete a topic- this will keep them motivated through the next one!

Reading Strategies

Here are some reading strategies you can use in Key Stage 3 and 4, depending on the reading level of your child. You can also download these reading strategies as a pdf.


If reading is not yet on track

Not yet able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to deal with large text-based work without continuous help
  • An ability to infer without support and will only be able to infer if they have previous contextual experience linked to the text

Strategies to support reading

  • Support your child to read every day for 20 minutes minimum - you can read to them which helps them read texts fluently or they can read to you. Either one of these strategies supports your child in developing their reading skills
  • Predict content by looking at title/images/questions - Encourages students to actively think ahead and ask questions
  • Infer – guess meaning based on the context of the story – Encourages students to find clues in the text and use what they already know to fully understand the text
  • Ask what kind of word it is (noun/adjective/verb) - Encourages your child to read, understand written and oral material and to communicate more clearly
  • Break down words and say them out loud – Encourages students to decode words that they've heard but have never seen in print, as well as sound out words they're not familiar with

Use their blue vocabulary book to note down new words and definitions – Encourages students to learn meaning of new words that are not part of their oral vocabulary


If reading is on track (reading age matches physical age)

Not yet able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to decode subject specific vocabulary without support.
  • An ability to recognise multiple meanings for the same word without guidance

Strategies to support reading

  • Support your child to read every day for 20 minutes minimum - you can read to them which helps them read texts fluently or they can read to you. Either one of these strategies supports your child in developing their reading skills.
  • Identify and discuss difficult words, phrases and concepts - Encourages understand unfamiliar words so that you can interpret the overall meaning of a sentence
  • Decode word definition from the context and look for clues surrounding the word – Encourages students to become more resilient readers
  • Summarise what was read by retelling the main ideas – Encourages students how to integrate central ideas of a text and improve their memory
  • Paraphrase sentences or paragraphs – Encourages students to discern important information from a text in their own words

Use their blue vocabulary book to note down new words and definitions – Encourages students to learn meaning of new words that are not part of their oral vocabulary


If reading is exceptional

Not yet able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to independently decode new subject specific vocabulary

Strategies to support reading:

  • Support your child to read read every day for 20 minutes minimum
  • Select a book from the reading lists on our website that is appropriate for their reading age (a challenging book should be at least 1-2 years above their reading age). Google also provides reading ages for most books
  • Draw links between words with the same root (child, children, childlike, childhood, childish) – Encourages students to enrich their vocabulary and decoding skills
  • Pronounce and spell words to enhance memory – Encourages retention of ambiguous or irregular words
  • Think of synonyms/antonyms for newly learned words to improve chance of remembering – Encourages students to learn multiple meanings of words
  • Paraphrase sentences or paragraphs - Encourages students to discern important information from a text in their own words
  • Use the blue vocabulary book to note down new words and definitions – Encourages students to learn meaning of new words that are not part of their oral vocabulary

Lit in ColourLit in Colour

Penguin have launched a new initiative, called Lit in Colour, to try to diversify student reading habits and promote writers of colour among school students.

Please click HERE to see a reading list of recommended texts which we now have in stock in our library.

Why not encourage your child to take one of these out during their library lesson and read this at home?


Useful websites to improve reading