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22/10/19

Here is Ladybird Class’s Rangoli pattern to celebrate Diwali, we created it outside the classroom door 🎉 https://t.co/VIceFdtlno

21/10/19

Potter Class sketching a Roman Theatre. https://t.co/t3X3qU2cnN

21/10/19

Potter class learning lots about the Romans by looking at artefacts from the Roman times. https://t.co/ftwIdV55p6

18/10/19

Look at Lauren and Sophie's Stop Start Animation from our Creative Friday session - impressive work! https://t.co/6I0cQCbi2D

18/10/19

We love Creative Friday! The children have been using the iMotion app today to create short animations. We were inspired by Morph (for those of you old enough to remember!) https://t.co/8PIWFsd3hW

16/10/19

What a relaxing afternoon year 5 have had creating their own Mandala patterns. Some stunning outcomes! https://t.co/jrQmGGylsY

15/10/19

Austen class are enjoying their science lesson on testing the elasticity of skin as it ages. https://t.co/LCOqvdhpjK

14/10/19

Year 6 spent some quality time with their Reception buddies this morning. They worked together to make some scrumptious bread dough. The Reception class really enjoyed showing Year 6 how to get the consistency just right !!! https://t.co/RF9sPvCkCv

14/10/19

Congratulations we are proud to announce that we are the UK Go Challenge Primary School champions! We are very proud of our primary competitors - what an amazing achievement. https://t.co/Mg7y9OwHrS

14/10/19

An inspirational assembly from one of our brave year 5 children celebrating National organ donation day after a liver transplant saved her life. https://t.co/iEu73sZWtL

11/10/19

We have been using lots of growth mindset phrases this afternoon whilst making foxes and ducks. It sent us “quackers” https://t.co/U9TOINF8Jf

10/10/19

The children are thoroughly enjoying our new 'snug kit' in the playground. The result is collaborative play and some amazing creations https://t.co/MLfTNe97qw

08/10/19

Year 6 girls football first win of the year. Well done girls! https://t.co/2EvwXbw36A

08/10/19

Potter Class learning about independence with food https://t.co/7OkRbzNo0s

08/10/19

Potter class using chalk and flour to practice their spellings. https://t.co/dpAouAqdTf

04/10/19

Creative Friday Computing Group got to grips with Pic-collage today. We created a collage of photos to represent HA. We edited our photos and produced some lovely work! https://t.co/cJ03rNVWph

04/10/19

My goodness me we are exercising our growth mindness today!! https://t.co/PgM2cT2Hlg

04/10/19

Shakespeare class are learning how to play the Ukulele!!! https://t.co/vmc9ScStIa

02/10/19

Our Science was literally jumping with excitement in Austen class today as we created new habitats for our crickets! We looked at the independent and dependent variables and will observe them regularly over a long period of time. https://t.co/ZGpEWYiYAa

01/10/19

Ladybird Class have been inspired by Toy Story 4 and have linked our learning by practicing writing our names on our very own ‘Forky’ https://t.co/1SZRMfv0nj

29/09/19

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Y4 have been conducting an exciting experiment looking at the growth of microbes. We are investigating which is the dirtiest place in the classroom! We swiped 4 places with a cotton bud&then rolled them on the petri dish. Next week we will classify the growth of our bacteria! https://t.co/tk9rzcJ2ti

27/09/19

Creative Friday is going down a treat! So many smiles and excitement around the school. In the Computing/Photography group we have been green screening. If you could be anywhere, where would you be? https://t.co/4FSQTuw8jv

27/09/19

All of the entrants... https://t.co/76z1EzppKT

27/09/19

The Winner of the Harpenden Academy Bake Off... https://t.co/zfB85SXWoD

27/09/19

A late entrant may have blown the competion out of the water! https://t.co/7iBNgyMasQ

27/09/19

Staff Bake Off competition in assembly...it has all got rather serious! https://t.co/p1LXmUHOOL

27/09/19

Cakes a go go at HA https://t.co/HOh7NUGH7c

27/09/19

Macmillian coffee morning is on!! https://t.co/40Ve9DPRAw

27/09/19

Its the Harpenden Academy Bake Off for MacMillian Coffee Morning...judging in assembly this morning ! https://t.co/6xlTBAuF5p

25/09/19

Year 5 had great fun making a wormery today. Some great initial observations made! https://t.co/NXjy6hV9RN

24/09/19

Our classes are having a brilliant time at our big dance workshop today run by We are putting something quite special together - watch this space! https://t.co/7crcUCUgay

20/09/19

Year 4 Austen have been busy scientists extracting DNA from strawberries today. They have also been researching key facts. Did you know that we share over 50% of our DNA with a banana?! https://t.co/LAJkVWT6ge

20/09/19

Just heard from Mrs Davies, the Year 5 coach is 10min away

20/09/19

Coach fixed and back on the road. Estimated to arrive in an hour at 1.20pm

20/09/19

Year 5 Coach delayed due to breakdown. Luckily broken down by M&S Wild Bean Cafe at service station. Coach assistance on the way and will keep you posted on progress. All safe and off to get the children lunch.

20/09/19

Year 5 Fellowship Afloat have just left so ETA is between 12.00-12.30. Will keep you updated on more specific arrival time

20/09/19

What a fantastic week it has been. It’s been an absolute pleasure to spend it with such a bright, bubbly, kind and engaged bunch of children. Very proud teacher returning to Harpenden Academy for a wonderful year ahead ! https://t.co/kp6uFSaYZU

20/09/19

On our way home! https://t.co/2NY4KCoGql

20/09/19

Preparing to go home...we are now far more independent than we were on Monday! https://t.co/wa8CQzu3zF

20/09/19

Our last sunrise at FA. We have bleary eyed children and adults this morning . A fabulous week.Lots of stories to tell about bravery on the high ropes, balloon popping in archery and adventures on the seas. Thank you for letting us make memories with your children. https://t.co/gXAbjtde1D

All About Our School Dog

Rosie red  School dog

Rosie Red is our school dog. She is a a fox red Cockapoo and has been attending our school since she was just 11 weeks old. Rosie Red has been at Harpenden Academy since October 2018. Just like all of our new children, it took her a little while to fit in. We spent the first couple of weeks showing her around the school site - it's amazing how much there is to see. Rosie Red especially likes snoozing in Mrs Davies' office.

Eventually Rosie Red will undertake training to work with children who have special needs, or who are upset in any way and in need of calm, comfort and space before being able to tell an adult what has upset them. This training requires the dog to be over 1 year old so this won’t be happening for a while yet. However, before then she and Mrs Davies must attend Puppy training classes and also school dog training classes which will happen inside school over a period of months. Until she has completed our puppy training she will not interact with the children on an individual or small group basis. 

Once fully trained, Rosie Red will spend her days visiting the classrooms and listening to readers from across the school. Sometimes she will even help us out by looking after anyone who is feeling a bit sad - a little stroke and a look into those big brown eyes is enough to make anyone feel happy again.

There are many benefits to having a school dog, including:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children 
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational improvements with low achievers
  • helping children build confidence in reading.

Please see separate article link below.

Guardian Article - 'Dogs Listen to Children's Reading' 

We are aware that some parents, teachers and children may be unsure around dogs and we have organised a series of school assemblies to take place by Dogs Trust and indeed the puppy trainer so that all members of our community are aware of what to do and more importantly what not to do around a dog. Our dog will also be available to work with children (and adults) who have had bad experiences with dogs or other animals.

With parental permission, over a period of time children who react fearfully to dogs will be supported in approaching, handling and gaining confidence in managing their fear. While the dog’s main place of residence will be an office area, which is secure and separate from the classrooms, children will able to interact with the dog under strict supervision at certain times of the week as long as parental permission has been given. The dog will not be given access to other visitors without supervision or mutual consent. Please understand that we will do everything we can to reassure children who are fearful and that under no circumstances will they be forced to meet with the dog.

Whilst moving around the school, Rosie Red will be kept on a short lead and will always be with an adult. We have chosen a Cockapoo as the most appropriate breed of dog for the school. The breed has been carefully selected because of its ideal temperament and because it is used widely in the field of therapy and support (e.g. hearing dogs). Cockapoos are also used successfully in other schools as they are, by nature gentle and friendly creatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Risk Assessment School Dog

Child Permission Form

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