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15/12/19

Final Christmas elf! https://t.co/HIi7HiLOm0

15/12/19

Year six Christmas elves wrapping up gifts for children living in care this Christmas. https://t.co/q5wgUHopms

13/12/19

Sasha and Jasmine's cloud time lapse above the Harpenden Academy roof top. https://t.co/LaHm8j1Je6

13/12/19

Max's pineapple time lapse, very impressive! https://t.co/lJ1JtVxaGB

13/12/19

Time lapse art work from Inka and Charlotte during our Creative Friday session! Well done girls! https://t.co/bromIhJDnX

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/arziFG5PQz

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/xqKyfr5g2g

13/12/19

Creative Friday science paiting our Volcanoes. https://t.co/H2Ny4AvgQ8

13/12/19

This morning our children went out and spoke to drivers who had stopped outside our school illegally. The children gave them letters telling them about the impact it has on us. Thank you for a great Mini Police unit! https://t.co/k7iQl3PsoG

13/12/19

Year 6 musicians created their own songs at the end of our ukulele unit. Well done Year 6, you are very talented! https://t.co/B0UebCWp34

12/12/19

The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?! https://t.co/bBxYMFqkPb

12/12/19

Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/DsFBdBnOIF

11/12/19

Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far! https://t.co/xRyIqA4mQf

10/12/19

Year six unwrap today’s book advent! https://t.co/e0E5uhzcdB

06/12/19

Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon! https://t.co/2FE7cCREkQ

06/12/19

Lucian's basketball caveman! https://t.co/BJwsYzrYob

06/12/19

An entertaining Stop Motion animation from Evie and Jasmine. https://t.co/1XJirOYycA

04/12/19

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! https://t.co/439afnsRDk

04/12/19

Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum. https://t.co/rffM6yOalD

04/12/19

Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house. https://t.co/e46KsmVTh1

04/12/19

Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection. https://t.co/LnRXaNjNSO

04/12/19

Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas. https://t.co/dubTrROaH1

03/12/19

Energising wintery cross country this morning. https://t.co/Nz6yhfXFiZ

03/12/19

Learning to independently follow a recipe to make shortbread today. I loved their use of technical vocabulary whilst cooking. Well done Austen class! https://t.co/hsHL1titxr

03/12/19

A brilliant live learning for Elmer this morning- taking part in a carousel of spelling strategies! https://t.co/VbrbdD4VUu

02/12/19

Kerr Class had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit of things! https://t.co/JkmPeuwPVR

02/12/19

Feeling festive in Potter Class. Christmas Cake making https://t.co/9TuFQpCWKw

29/11/19

Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their clay tile workshop at St Albans Cathedral! https://t.co/634BaqEsdW

28/11/19

EYFS are incredibly excited about our upcoming nativity and have created some art work (Whoops a Daisy Angel) https://t.co/hgoU4ufW7e

28/11/19

Fantastic creative Thursday cookery session baking chocolate chip cookies. https://t.co/XbCnnrCmhq

28/11/19

Creative Thursday! Learning about human digestion system. https://t.co/yMLrh9I33w

26/11/19

The children in Austen showed our value of the month 'courage' when trying a new delicious Scottish dish - Haggis (meat and vegetarian options were available). We are learning about great British dishes and this week focused on Scotland in preparation for St. Andrew's Day! https://t.co/nmIUuYatg5

22/11/19

Some traffic on the M25 ETA now 4.15pm for Austen and Kerr

22/11/19

Austen and Kerr class have had a fabulous day! We are now on the coach on our way back. Due back about 4pm. Will keep Twitter updated. https://t.co/pQujOLRw9y

22/11/19

Look who we found on the path! https://t.co/0y6TffQUPU

22/11/19

What amazing animals and plants we have been lucky to see! https://t.co/Lk5BpqkSBi

22/11/19

We are really enjoying our tour on how plants and animals have adapted to the rainforest habitat! https://t.co/2ZtsPVxOAl

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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