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22/05/20

The quad is looking glorious in the spring sunshine. https://t.co/9TGj0uDkZw

21/05/20

student, Iris, has taken these pictures to show how she's exploring the formal elements of photography including line, shape, focus, space, texture and tone while she's studying at home. Impressive work! https://t.co/rh3n3oKg1A

20/05/20

Waseemah in Year 8 has sent us this really accomplished 'negative space' drawing she's created for - by filling in the space around the objects to reveal their forms. Very accomplished, Waseemah. Great work! https://t.co/tzohg4Kr0g

19/05/20

Year 9 and students are creating a range of really imaginative , inspired by New York-based artist Johanna Goodman. Amazing work! https://t.co/hjkeYmFWSz

19/05/20

It’s and the theme is Today, let’s think about who and what we’re grateful for and say thank you. Who will you thank today and why?

18/05/20

Zuzanna, Year 8, has been researching as part of her studies while at home, including creating this beautiful work, which we wanted to share with you. https://t.co/hlt3TMDNe1

15/05/20

We’re so proud of this edition. Our first lockdown edition and absolutely inspiring. Well done girls!

15/05/20

Our latest student zine is out now, on the theme of 'Pathways'. "The zine is about the things that matter to us as young women,” says Awa, Year 10. Read now at https://t.co/XuuLQNOLob https://t.co/l7aYeUIvzG

15/05/20

Our girls are creating some truly inspirational while they are at home. Here's a by Alissia, Year 7, inspired by German artist Hannah Höch. Amazing work, Alissia! https://t.co/Sg6NPpZPYU

14/05/20

Don’t forget to prioritise your mental health and always seek support if you need it. It’s mental health awareness week next week: let’s look after one another https://t.co/TfExIGsJJ9

12/05/20

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There to meet with... MACBETH. Tonight's the night! Are you joining us on YouTube at 7.00pm for our free Premiere of ? Created especially for young people thanks to , Macbeth will be available to stream until UK schools reopen. https://t.co/t58ZgSgLUd https://t.co/2w57w3Idw1

10/05/20

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National Crime Agency’s has created a series of activity packs to help you protect your children online 💻 Each pack contains simple 15-minute activities for children age 4-14+ 👇 https://t.co/zckxo1OWxk https://t.co/xT08hC55Bd

08/05/20

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Great opportunity for students to broaden their career horizons with NatWest. https://t.co/LLRJQ69bIM https://t.co/5idhytKevS

08/05/20

Self care first-look after yourselves. https://t.co/mnuQ3xhUdb

07/05/20

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07/05/20

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Calling all aspiring coders, technologists and cyber specialists - CyberLand needs your help! Test your cyber skills 💻 Learn about firewalls, public wifi and phishing emails 🎣 Explore your future tech career 💼 Try out the games: https://t.co/LrZt0N2enR https://t.co/E9XUVAZaN7

07/05/20

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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to https://t.co/llPi3ciUgf to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁 https://t.co/oXVhSLAeCj

05/05/20

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📣Year 10 students! 📣 Join us for Take on the Teacher LIVE at https://t.co/tV9Q00Ua62 🔶 Thursday - 10:30-11:30am 🔶 Teachers answer your questions LIVE! 🔶 Take on the teacher in our live quiz! They will be answering YOUR questions on: 📚 English 📐 Maths 🚀 Physics https://t.co/xhPBeXP21Z

05/05/20

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Parents and carers, here is some guidance for supporting children who are learning at home 👇 https://t.co/4K7CxRY4yP https://t.co/pMov5VPvgz

05/05/20

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Reading at Home

Although this is undoubtedly a difficult time for our students and many will feel they are missing out on the numerous benefits of school life, it can still be a time of productive and effective learning.

A silver lining of this dark cloud is the opportunity for our students to become independent learners and thinkers. Particularly under the current circumstances in which we are confined to our homes, escapism will become really important and there has never been a better time for our young people to really immerse themselves in their reading!

To this end, below you will find some information and resources for you and your child to maximise the potential of reading 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 your local library, now is a good time to join! Southwark and Lewisham libraries have lots of free online resources you can access, including e-books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and even music!

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!