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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

Retweetd From The Talent Foundry

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

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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

Retweetd From THE PECKHAM PECULIAR

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

15/09/20

We’re looking for an ambitious SEND teacher to join our amazing team! https://t.co/rODUGij3me

10/09/20

A fantastic opportunity to join a highly successful and forward-thinking English department! https://t.co/UYAVb00jrs

19/08/20

Thank you to Paul Jones who went above and beyond to ensure students were supported with grade appeals!

17/08/20

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13/08/20

An incredible achievement by Gyalpo Dongo Aguirre who will be making America great again by studying Physics and Computer Science at Well done, Gyalpo!

13/08/20

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Fantastic results, Neha! Welcome to community and ! https://t.co/g5KCqMzjEc

13/08/20

Well done to Neha Yasin for achieving 4 A*s today. She will be reading Physics . We wish you all the best for the next stage in your life!

13/08/20

Well done to all students in Year 13 today. We’re really proud of all of your achievements and you have shown great resilience in such a challenging year.

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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.


Vocabulary glossaries

See our latest vocabulary glossaries for each subject, updated March 2021. Click on the links below to see the lists. 

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

Useful websites to improve reading