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21/10/20

Sign up for the online launch of Young, Gifted And STEM - a new organisation for 14-18 year old Black and Minority Ethnic students with an interest in STEM subjects. This Sat 24 Oct, 10am https://t.co/sMA396agts

14/10/20

Retweetd From Harris Sixth Form

Visit the Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening @ Harris Boy's Academy & Harris Girl's Academy East Dulwich TODAY at 5:30pm- 7:00pm https://t.co/fKqzIntadG https://t.co/Hq1B06AVSX

13/10/20

Beautiful https://t.co/MxZ9gcAtJ8

13/10/20

Another fabulous poem from our superb collection. Check out poems_on_the_rye on Instagram for more https://t.co/u9F9eVh5lt

10/10/20

Retweetd From HGAEDTales

https://t.co/Bo7Ip9cEAV Love the Poems on the Rye https://t.co/uH0X09npel

09/10/20

Visit our Virtual Open Day to learn more about our academy and meet Principal Carrie Senior. We look forward to welcoming you! https://t.co/St8W2bW7JV https://t.co/uFAOhzTx1n

09/10/20

Retweetd From HGAEDTales

Sadly we haven't been able to open our school bookshop this term...so for we have distributed the first edition of Tales on the Rye unlocked. Every year 7 student will choose a free book as an intoductory offer! Thanks to monthly grant. https://t.co/Nd2AB5diK0

09/10/20

6th Form Virtual Open Evening, Weds 14th Oct, 5.30pm. Find out how our Sixth Form can help you take the next step towards university, apprenticeships or work. Sign up for this LIVE online event at https://t.co/IAFwU5gt5h https://t.co/wXRJ9bWjKu

08/10/20

Retweetd From BBC Young Reporter

Disinformation, echo chambers, clickbait... What do they all mean and why does it matter? See how many fake news-related buzzwords you know with 👉 https://t.co/c0Kpo0hSZs https://t.co/neZ40ovL4G

02/10/20

Enjoying our fab new outdoor pitches https://t.co/N1eUVpNu3b

02/10/20

Retweetd From HGAEDTales

Our new cohort of year 9 students attended the virtual launch. Thanks to SLT for attending the presentation of their badges and certificates. We look forward to the year ahead a highlight. These girls will go far https://t.co/aVYDG79E1v

15/09/20

Do you have a daughter in Year 6? You are warmly invited to attend our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 24th September, 5-7pm. Meet our Principal and senior teachers and enjoy an online tour of the school. Register now at https://t.co/4r9IaqjL7S https://t.co/m7doiYZz4l

12/09/20

Two thank yous-first to our incredible kids for being so adaptable, cooperative and so eager to be back. And second to our wonderful staff-it’s an absolute privilege to work with you

04/09/20

It was just brilliant to have all our pupils back today! We’ve missed you all. See you Monday!

25/08/20

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your daughter back to the academy in September. Please see our website so the latest information about the start of term, including staggered start dates and times https://t.co/0YqC9TR61Q

25/08/20

Retweetd From Creative Activism

Week 6: Our Heroes! Join in with this our FINAL weeks summer creative prompt by artist in residence Amy Leung. Who are your heroes? Who is your role model? A good time to reflect on those people who inspire and support us before we return to school! https://t.co/b1aIRj2EDn

18/08/20

To our GCSE and A level cohorts-please check the website for the most up to date news. It’s impossible to sum up in a tweet!

14/08/20

So proud of the sixth form class of 2020-resilient; courageous; always optimistic and off to change the world https://t.co/X8v83fQsnE

16/07/20

Year 7 girls and their parents have asked to see pics from our residential week in Loch Eil, , in Feb. We hope that you like looking back on the brilliant achievements and experiences! . LOADS of pics at https://t.co/w0jR3paQdV https://t.co/9Jnk38n6vA

14/07/20

The charity has created a great series of FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. You'll find modules on getting started with the internet, email, safety online, social media, and more. Have a look! https://t.co/hopgg9oQpa

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Reading at Home

If you need to study remotely from home for a period, this page has lots of useful suggestions to help make reading enjoyable at home.


Why read? 10 reasons

  1. It makes you a better reader
  2. It exercises your brain, improving your memory
  3. It teaches you about the world you live in
  4. It expands your vocabulary
  5. It improves your writing skills
  6. It develops your analytical skills
  7. It increases concentration
  8. It develops empathy and imagination
  9. It decreases stress and relaxes you
  10. It is fun!

What to read

Bookshelf library books catalogWe like to encourage our students to read as widely as possible. Obviously they will have their favourites, but we would suggest they use this time to broaden their reading to include a variety of genres of fiction, as well as non-fiction, poetry and drama.

For fiction, we have compiled a HGAED Top 50 for KS3 and KS4 and we would encourage students to read as much of this as possible for a really rich experience of literature.

Download the HGAED Top 50 fiction list

 

For reliable information about what is going on, they should read news from sources such as the BBC and the Guardian, which they can access from their phones.

For poetry, try the Poetry Society for contemporary poems, and Poetry by Heart for a more comprehensive overview.

And for drama, theatre companies such as the National Theatre and The Globe are offering free streaming of certain plays. (This definitely counts as reading, particularly if it’s Shakespeare!)

If you fancy winning and receiving a surprise book to your door, our school bookshop is also starting a series of fortnightly creative, book-related competitions. See your class’s English Edmodo page for more information.


How to read

A reminder that all of our students are expected to read every day, for at least 20 minutes, and they should all have a reading journal in which they complete a series of tasks and note down new vocabulary. The minimum expectation is that they maintain this, but for the vast majority, they have an unparalleled opportunity to go above and beyond this.

If you are looking for pure lockdown escapism, find a quiet, comfortable spot to read without interruption. Better still, if you are home with family, use this time to explore books together, reading aloud to each other and talking about the books you are reading. Research has shown this to have enormous benefits, even for older children. 

Southwark LibraryIf you are not already a member of Southwark Libraries, you can join online for free. This online membership is valid for three months and can be renewed if libraries remain closed. You will be able to borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books free of charge for all ages. Click here to join the library service. If you have a membership card, click here to use your membership card to browse the catalogue and borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books.

If you have a Kindle, or download the Kindle app on your phone, you can access most of the classics absolutely free. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Kindle Unlimited, but you will need to remember to cancel to avoid being charged.

Audible.com is also currently offering a wide range of audiobooks for free; check out the Teen and Literary Classic sections. For more titles, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Audible and get a free audiobook. Again, you have to remember to cancel if you don’t want to start paying monthly.

For more information on what and how to read at home, please visit our Reading for Pleasure page.


If you have any questions about reading or would like any further advice on how best to support your child, feel free to email l.hawkins@harrisdulwichgirls.org.uk.

Happy reading!