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06/07/22

What a wonderful afternoon for sports day. Thank you for hosting the event was enjoyed by all. Well done to Sapphire overall winners of the day. https://t.co/mRZ0lXm6ct

05/07/22

What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work. https://t.co/heHreJSz5a

05/07/22

Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop. https://t.co/UNUUECC44v

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/3oXhdYi7zM

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/zvVyftCZsQ

05/07/22

Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children https://t.co/a5ibeXg61Y

05/07/22

Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning https://t.co/yQlRmD6hMu

05/07/22

A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man https://t.co/s6YvHQO0qR

05/07/22

Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold https://t.co/avJePdqrS9

04/07/22

Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 ! https://t.co/3yUbcsIwYh

04/07/22

Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day. https://t.co/6zunwiW0q8

04/07/22

Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today https://t.co/EJCDyrVwFn

01/07/22

An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week https://t.co/gTQv7VT3Ip

30/06/22

Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from? https://t.co/zF2Zsm8KCt

30/06/22

Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created? https://t.co/oQv7e9PvbP

30/06/22

Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at https://t.co/QQFSekvIwW

30/06/22

Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built! https://t.co/SMuVYj6SVX

30/06/22

Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe https://t.co/X9x9oV0vW2

29/06/22

Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story https://t.co/KDM3FeEGVw

28/06/22

Final group having their pedestrian skills training https://t.co/OPxzMG1WYg

28/06/22

Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills https://t.co/QEFTPKOIG5

28/06/22

Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training. https://t.co/okwyZC4MlE

23/06/22

To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities https://t.co/o0CNwO18ot

23/06/22

Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA https://t.co/X18ElVDMIR

23/06/22

Great dancing year 4 https://t.co/qXqb7UCdmH

22/06/22

Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity! https://t.co/HZheauKqSB

22/06/22

As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel. https://t.co/i8uYKsqfrF

21/06/22

Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session! https://t.co/NkReqpDU0D

21/06/22

Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@ https://t.co/aj8qHY17ia

21/06/22

KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing https://t.co/4eAwzelUIb

20/06/22

Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week https://t.co/eice9FC1sn

20/06/22

Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints. https://t.co/NBVM6q6Vvc

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/PrrCUU744F

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/xyResudKTW

20/06/22

Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year https://t.co/ryTXJlLttq

20/06/22

KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work. https://t.co/yqt7Py2vUe

20/06/22

Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone, https://t.co/x39IUoNuWg

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail https://t.co/vjZJFb1j29

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking https://t.co/EZmVm0wpjW

17/06/22

Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset https://t.co/PBsKgbRRYR

All About Our School Dog

Rosie red  School dog  RR

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.

Rosie Red Doggy Passport

Frequently Asked Questions

Risk Assessment School Dog

Child Permission Form

Rosie Red in Lockdown

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