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17/05/24

Croissants and chemistry at HLAW for the science GCSE.Year 11 on fire each morning at minute pic.twitter.com/f6F2HFTOxe— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () May 17, 2024

10/05/24

Results of the Yr 8 & 10 Brent Athletics Tournament So many students will now represent the borough at Middlesex! Well done all. Angelina, Ore and Jadae will make up 3/4 of relay team at Middlesex for YR8 girls!Year 8 Girls finished 2nd and year 10 girls 3rd overall pic.twitter.com/Vg2oISboid— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () May 10, 2024

10/05/24

We are looking forward to speaking with lots of prospective tomorrow (Saturday 11th May 2024) at one of our placement academies! Our friendly tutor team will be in from 10am - 2pm to answer all of your questions! pic.twitter.com/es444gRQQU— NIoT @ Harris Initial Teacher Education () May 10, 2024

07/05/24

Year 7&9 Brent Athletics team and the 200m and High Jump borough champions who will represent Brent at the Middlesex Athletics Championships in the Summer🎉 pic.twitter.com/rY8nSEJGlW— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () May 7, 2024

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” — Harris Academy St John’s Wood () May 2, 2024

01/05/24

If you are interested in the terrible impact on children and families living long-term in unsuitable temporary accommodation, listen to this podcast - thank you to the parents who shared their stories https://t.co/hwmkFE5j62— Harris Federation () May 1, 2024

26/04/24

the school is looking lovely this Spring morning pic.twitter.com/m4ToAXOxz0— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () April 26, 2024

21/04/24

This year 7 is super proud of the 3 accolade post cards she received this week! Go Inayah! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/SQmFn6TNeX— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () April 21, 2024

18/04/24

WOW! HATO family- your community spirit never ceases to amaze us! Thank you to all who joined us for our annual Eid Tea Party today, it was so wonderful to see our community come together to celebrate by sharing food, laughter, games & dancing! pic.twitter.com/Wpufzh7qBE— HarrisTottenham () April 17, 2024

18/04/24

Brilliant drama showcase now singing & channelling their 1980s Jon Bon Jovi - a packed theatre pic.twitter.com/tkgDyX7AK9— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () April 18, 2024

14/03/24

Awards Evening kicks off with performance from HLAW music club! What a band! 🎤🪘🎹 🎶 pic.twitter.com/W16gkCJQh2— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 14, 2024

14/03/24

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS 😍 so excited to give out our prizes for tonight’s Awards Evening 📚 🏆 pic.twitter.com/timFv6SXq8— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 14, 2024

08/03/24

Great game by Preston Manor & great sportsmanship by one and all. Thank you for coming. All your team played with such effort and skill https://t.co/JASZGoKcrt— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 8, 2024

08/03/24

For , year 7 were lucky to have a visit from Dan Hischovits, a lawyer at the Roald Dahl story company. Tying in with , he spoke about careers in publishing, Roald Dahl’s life and read a bit of the BFG! pic.twitter.com/b60PMUWlfM— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 8, 2024

07/03/24

Excellent Year 9 Parents Evening tonight. pic.twitter.com/8qEwFwtAmr— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 7, 2024

07/03/24

Happy ! We love reading at HLAW and read every day. What are you reading? pic.twitter.com/dwl4n7plE0— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 7, 2024

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/DAeyYwExNr— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 5, 2024

20/02/24

Can you spare £10?Crowdfunding to support children and their families at Harris Academy Tottenham. on JustGiving https://t.co/FyuRDPxhpp— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 20, 2024

11/02/24

Happy Lunar New Year to all celebrating! 🐉 🌙 pic.twitter.com/mC60PJwSrq— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 11, 2024

09/02/24

While most of their teachers are around London doing subject specific professional development with , lucky year 11 get a day of Walking Talking Mocks in maths, English and science. They are being brilliant scholars today, taking it super seriously. pic.twitter.com/6hDOD8k1Pp— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 9, 2024

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How We Teach Literacy

Our pupils complete at least one piece of extended writing in each subject, which heavily focuses on the promotion of developing spelling, punctuation, and grammar (SPAG).

Pupils are given a wealth of opportunities to complete a variety of written tasks to broaden their understanding and interaction with different genres of texts. Extended writing is marked given specific literacy targets. Pupils peer-assess and self-assess work using literacy codes across all subjects.

The academy is committed to monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the progress of pupil literacy capabilities. Regular and timely intervention is implemented where necessary including Accelerated Reader programme, booster sessions and parental support workshops.

As an academy, we work to promote a literacy culture and ensure that literacy maintains a high profile throughout the academy.

Classroom displays are interactive and promote literacy. The academy ensures that there are a number of opportunities for pupils to engage with literacy beyond the classroom. These include:

  • debating competitions
  • World Book Day
  • writing and spelling bee competitions
  • practical workshops
  • and theatre visits.

Harris Lowe Academy Willesden is dedicated to ensuring that every child becomes an excellent communicator. We believe the hallmarks of this are:

  • Confident and expressive speakers, with an ability to adapt their language to their audience
  • Avid and independent readers, able to read for purpose and enjoyment
  • Fluent writers, capable of expressing themselves through a variety of written forms.
  • Accurate speakers, able to spell and punctuate effectively.

Oracy

Our aim is to promote the development of oracy across the Academy through reasoning, conceptual understanding and comprehension.

This includes counteracting deficits as well as adding value to those whose vocabulary is more advanced. Oracy within the classroom has a specific function to aid learning. This is approached in all subjects through social, exploratory, presentation and critical talk.


Reading

Reading is at the forefront of everything we do across the curriculum, with events throughout the year to celebrate our love of literature. Our library is open before and after school for all pupils, with break and lunchtime passes available from your child’s tutor. Each pupil is able to loan reading books and our Librarian is on hand to make suggestions to challenge and stretch our young readers.

We expect pupils to read for at least 20 minutes a day and have built this into our curriculum time (DEAR Time). We conduct reading tests three times a year to identify reading patterns and progress; pupils will receive bespoke provision to ensure that their reading is excellent, with support in place to ensure that each child reaches their potential.

We would encourage you to support your child’s reading through regular questioning and discussion of reading material as well as ensuring that they always have a current reading book.