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23/05/20

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I wonder what put such big smiles on the faces of the staff and pupils at HJAC today...A huge thank you for this delicious delivery today from the Jeganathans! 😋🍕#hjac https://t.co/lxeFvcZy42

22/05/20

Two beautiful letters from a parent and a pupil ✨ https://t.co/I16AE3wIBV

22/05/20

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Just 3 months ago I took the photo below. Life was normal, I was revising for my and attending , not knowing just weeks later I would be supporting the at and , fighting a pandemic no one saw coming. https://t.co/uTxqOqZ8lX

22/05/20

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Our May half term provision for vulnerable students and students of Key Workers is now on our website: https://t.co/KVldmVB3bJ

22/05/20

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The HCACP Academy Newsletter for May is available here https://t.co/x72w3QsMsV https://t.co/atmyHqUQIm

21/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

https://t.co/3RkkgMMYp9 Chess in Schools and Communities is offering all UK primary school children 3-month gold memberships of ChessKid free up until July 20, 2020. It is an online chess learning and playing zone designed for ages 5-11.

21/05/20

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Some amazing entries to our VE day bake-off competition https://t.co/1yeGrHVLfZ

21/05/20

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Calling all primary Chinese teachers. Harris Primary Academy Mayflower are looking for a Primary Mandarin HLTA ... https://t.co/5lk1xgfVi2

21/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

https://t.co/P5I9z4leeK The Museum of London have some interactive and fun games and activities for families to enjoy at home. A great resource!

21/05/20

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STORY TIME: A new story has been added to our website, Kind. Today Mrs Meaden is reading to you. https://t.co/5ArxiStAqQ https://t.co/2TmzTBty3u

21/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

https://t.co/AouBA5tT37 Pottermore have created the Harry Potter at Home sections with fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

21/05/20

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Year 3 have been working hard at home with some great History outcomes! https://t.co/17RH4mCbEP

21/05/20

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A volcano made by Rafiq for Geography. Some great work being sent in despite the difficult circumstances. Keep it up. https://t.co/Xlb1ViGez5

21/05/20

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A truly amazing homework from the legendary Mr Appleton. Incredible artwork. https://t.co/PWKnPCM1up

21/05/20

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Learn all about the African Savanna with this great piece of work from Phoebe Yr 8. https://t.co/gwjh0GFVm3

21/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

Who wants to help break a world record? WE DO!!! Let’s join the famous illustrator, Rob Biddulph, and draw live with him this Thursday to raise money and break a Guinness World Record! Visit here to sign up https://t.co/4KZCfc68uG and check out our video! https://t.co/YgLhZ6XdBu

21/05/20

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Midday Mindful Meditation with Ms Marshall-Fraser can be accessed today via the following link: https://t.co/cD50AlieUZ

21/05/20

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Please find our visual social story to support our return to school on June 1st under our wellbeing section. https://t.co/khLFDQlC1L

21/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

Today’s the day world record breakers!! 6 hours till we can take part in something fun and amazing. Don’t forget to sign up and share your amazing drawings with us 😊 https://t.co/Hyw9fyO9Xg

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Posted on: April 23rd 2020

Home Learning at the Harris Federation

One month into lockdown, Stephen Trask, Computer Science Consultant at the
Harris Federation, sets out the progress our academies are making with electronic teaching.

These are unprecedented times.  We are in the midst of a new reality, which affects every single member of society, on a global scale.  The manner in which we educate our children, and our expectations of them, has shifted enormously in only a few short weeks, and at Harris we are working tirelessly to support pupils, parents and teachers as we adapt to these shifts.

Technology of course plays an enormous role in remote learning; at Harris we were already in the fortunate position of having extensively deployed our Microsoft Education platforms across our academies.  This includes full access to
Office 365 applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  It also includes membership of our Teams virtual learning platform, and features within Teams such as electronic assessment tools and OneNote – where pupils can jot down class notes and teachers can view them with ease.  We had already invested heavily in infrastructure across our academies – in desktops, laptops, tablets, cabling, Wi-Fi connectivity, software deployment, training – and in the weeks prior to school closure we called upon the expertise within our Federation to ramp this up further and ensure that our pupils, staff and parents had the best possible options once society entered full lockdown.

However technology itself must serve as a tool rather than an end in itself.  Our academies benefit from being part of a larger Federation, but we felt it very important to grant them the flexibility to decide upon their own way of educating their pupils.  As a result some academies have rolled out full access to the entire suite of Microsoft products, and are actively using them on a daily basis.  In some academies, teachers are recording snippets of lessons and using them as a starting point for the week’s activities.  In others, there has been a greater emphasis on paper-based workbooks, with regular phone calls home to ensure that pupils and parents are coping.  Many of our academies remain open for our vulnerable children, or children of key workers – and the experience of actually being in the classroom during these times is very different for staff and pupils alike.  We recognise the need to be adaptable in these times, and that we may need to shift our approach and expectations as the weeks roll by. 

This adaptability extends to the very notion of education itself.  Teachers play a vital role in the ebb and flow of energy and productivity within a classroom; when the role of a teacher changes in such a sudden way, how does that impact education?  Of course it is different, and of course it is hard – we fully understand the stresses that pupils, parents and teachers are under.  Many of our staff are parents themselves, and are experiencing first hand how to juggle their own job as educators with their other full time job as parents and of course educators of their own children from their own particular schools.  This is why, at heart, our focus is on wellbeing and coping.  Curriculum content is hugely important, but it must be underpinned by emotional wellbeing – without that, not a great deal of curriculum content will be absorbed.  We understand this, and we know that for many year groups within our academies, a large proportion of curriculum delivery in the coming weeks and months might be consolidated tasks, based upon previously learned content.  And in these times, where coping is the essence of what we are aiming for, that is fine.

We also believe in the power of collaboration, and there are a range of excellent resources that we encourage our staff and pupils to draw upon.  Many of these have already been produced within our academies themselves, and are shared across academies, but there are also excellent initiatives such as the new BBC Learning content, or national Maths Hub content, or work from the Royal Geographical Society, or at Primary level ‘Purple Mash’ self-paced computing resources.  One beacon of light in all of this is the way in which professional educational content providers have stepped up, offering their services for free during this crisis, and it is so encouraging to see how members of our society want to help.

With that in mind, we want to offer thanks.  Thank you to the pupils who have been struggling to make sense of this new way of working.  Thank you to the parents for stepping into a very new and unfamiliar role.  And thank you to all of our staff at Harris Federation – teachers, office-based staff, support staff, consultants and SLT.  We really are all in this together.

 

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