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30/01/17

Retweetd From HAMD Librarian

Book Buddy Breakfast in full swing with student and volunteers! https://t.co/CaBCMweAOM

21/12/16

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1 million apologies to who ACTUALLY gave us a flippin truckload of chocolate for crimbo day. sorry guys!! https://t.co/f9dr62UQZp

20/12/16

Staff & students sporting their Christmas jumpers in aid of https://t.co/TG2JMwWCQq

24/11/16

Harris Academy Morden is consulting on changes it proposes to admissions to the Academy from Sept 2018. More info https://t.co/fFscfXXGHd https://t.co/flgc3Y1qFQ

13/10/16

We can reveal we are reading 'All American Boys' a 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

13/10/16

We are excited to be taking part in Global Read Allowed 2016.With more than 891,000 students signed up worldwide we can't wait to connect!

08/09/16

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Teaching Assistant required . Apply now https://t.co/h7sRyZKEI1 https://t.co/uXCAgKKr8U

25/08/16

- A remarkable Progress 8 score of +0.98!

25/08/16

Best Ever GCSE Results - A remarkable Progess 8 score of +0.98! https://t.co/nI0edZhrZG

25/08/16

HUGE congratulations to our Year 11 students who received their GCSE results today! https://t.co/7lChw8JULb

15/07/16

Retweetd From The Liam Charity

It was an absolute pleasure, the students were impeccably behaved - enjoy the rest of the week of activities

15/07/16

Welcome and thank you for being part of our A.E.E. Week! https://t.co/yrpBqL2xTI

14/07/16

Pokémon Go: How to keep you or your children safe when playing https://t.co/HffWxWrHcN

14/07/16

Fantastic news! Well done - huge achievement! - Any pics? https://t.co/minbO7KKkY

12/07/16

What a fantastic experience! Thank you - A very informative trip! https://t.co/0PJWb6oabD

06/07/16

We would like to welcome all of our new Year 6 (future Year 7) students to Induction Day 2016! https://t.co/7OVvBjAWln

05/07/16

Our Year 11 Leavers Summer Ball - Full gallery here: https://t.co/idcFImZJLf https://t.co/6B47IfYF7r

04/07/16

Year 7 Parents' Evening will go ahead as planned - Full information here: https://t.co/teKFUcb0f5

04/07/16

NUT Strike Information 5/7/2016 - https://t.co/teKFUcb0f5 - Year 7 Parents' Evening will go ahead as planned.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Family Literacy

How to improve your child's Literacy

The importance of Literacy

At Harris Academy Morden we promote our students’ Literacy and work hard to ensure that they achieve to the very best of their ability. Now this is more important than ever with statistics showing a decline in Literacy standards nationally.

Did you know?

  • Less than half of  8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month;

  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring;

  • Children who enjoy reading very much are 5 times more likely to be above average readers;

  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read;

  • 1 in 3 does not own a book;

  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and pupils at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing;

  • Pupils on free school meals have much less confidence in their writing ability;

  • Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is 4 words;

  • A 4 year old with professional parents will have been exposed to 50 million words compared to 12 million words for a child from a disadvantaged background;

  • We owe it to our students to give them the very best Literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.


What can you do to support Literacy at home?

At Harris Academy Morden we work hard to support your child’s Literacy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.

We have already added to our website (see links) some materials for you to use with your son/daughter. It would be useful if you would also:

  • Take your child to the local library and encourage them to read for pleasure. (Insist that they spend a minimum of 15 minutes per day reading a book of their choice);

  • Read aloud with your child (they could read to you and you could read to them);

  • Test their spellings (all students at HAMD are given spellings to learn every week, ask for the list and help them to prepare);

  • News review (pick a story in your local free newspaper and ask your child to summarise the story in a single sentence).