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24/11/20

Wow! Fantastic examples of flight in Dr Seuss‘s gymnastics lesson this morning. Well done to this team for excellent communication and team work as well. https://t.co/1GhD3kYay1

24/11/20

Magnificent measuring in Potter class this morning. We have been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. We measured each other’s heights and discussed our accuracy whilst getting outdoors! https://t.co/lANqSj6dTc

24/11/20

Kerr class making rain gauges to find out how much rain we have in Harpenden. https://t.co/9V5g0xCdLp

23/11/20

Thank you to our PE lead, Miss Harvey, for coming in to talk to Dr Seuss class about sportsmanship and fair play today. https://t.co/qRGukNPn3S

23/11/20

Inspired by Monet, Year 1 have been learning about tints and shades in Art. Today we created different shades of blue like in Monet's painting. https://t.co/PqyA8OajYo

23/11/20

Year 1 received a letter from the Christmas Elf asking for help. The Elves need to learn how to catch stars to put on top of our Christmas trees. Thankfully we have been reading the book 'How to catch a star' so planned how we could save the day with our instructions. https://t.co/VYo8tvzm3v

20/11/20

We still celebrate birthdays in the rain. Happy Birthday 🎂 https://t.co/XNt29MUNQx

20/11/20

Kerr class learning about the importance of treating everyone equally https://t.co/A6ejHtbNIm

20/11/20

This Anti-Bullying week, Potter class have made promises to ensure that we are https://t.co/L1rPpAhPrn

20/11/20

Oh no! A ghastly event has taken place in Year 2 Moomin class. Whilst the passengers aboard the Titanic were asleep the ship hit an iceberg! Women, children and some men in first class were saved but sadly had to watch the Captain, family and friends go down with the ship! https://t.co/kVkfvqWof9

20/11/20

It’s Anti-Bullying Week and Dr Seuss class have shown great maturity when discussing bullying and friendship issues. We thought about different types of bullying and their impact but focussed specifically on name-calling. https://t.co/VmQsi6UnT8

20/11/20

As part of anti bullying week Dahl class have discussed the different types of bullying and the effect it can have on the victims. https://t.co/u1OwZmZeYr

19/11/20

Kerr class getting huge hang of unison https://t.co/Jyu31EoEur

19/11/20

Shakespeare writers responding to a poem called ‘To this day’ by Shane Koyczan on bullying... https://t.co/c2whVVW0S6

19/11/20

This week Year 1 we have linked our learning about Anti-Bullying week to our English instructional writing. We have written instructions on how to be a good friend. We also heard a really catchy song about Anti-Bullying week! https://t.co/d29QvfMfVK

19/11/20

Kerr class creating gymnastics routines. There challenges was to move in unison. https://t.co/drPDRQDRQN

18/11/20

Celebrating anti-bullying week with circle time describing ‘a friend does not...’ and ‘a friend is not...’ lots of lovely links to our current class story Ella on the Outside which addresses some complex aspects of friendship and bullying. https://t.co/fEbk9NGWFf

17/11/20

Ssssh don’t tell Mrs Davies. Year 3 created lots of mess practising subtracting with renaming. One child said “This feels like a dojo treat!” https://t.co/63PkP9Et8P

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/3DjyAtacoT

17/11/20

Kerr class comparing Venice and London by describing the human and physical features https://t.co/sUDmhvDn84

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/2TBdXAqY8p

17/11/20

Wonderful anti-bullying dance routines in Year Six today thinking about the use of different groupings to vary the dynamic of the dance and portray different emotions linked to bullying and friendship. Excellent exploration. https://t.co/eSpWZwpke0

17/11/20

Elmer have been busy comparing and ordering numbers. Today we used the terms 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare 3 different numbers. We learnt about ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. https://t.co/63XrBS4Cim

17/11/20

How many cubes (people) will it take to sink the boat (Titanic)? Year 1 brought their History learning to life through their Science with this exciting activity all about floating and sinking. https://t.co/GMWISB9YZr

17/11/20

Kerr class have been learning about the differences in physical and human features across the UK. https://t.co/yMtEqonDB7

16/11/20

Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun! Thanks https://t.co/IQyGI4d3By

16/11/20

In History Elmer pretended to be on board the Titanic. We each had a ticket which showed which class of passenger we were. Some of us were allowed to go on the lifeboats, others had to wait. Unfortunately, we ran out of lifeboats! We used our role play to write diary entries. https://t.co/phUEsNIwSP

16/11/20

Elmer enjoyed some practical Maths problem solving this morning. We had to put our thinking hats on and work out how many different ways we could score certain results. Super problem solving skills Year 1! https://t.co/HH8Su0xM7a

14/11/20

Yesterday, Dahl class enjoyed using semaphore to send secret messages to their friends, we found it quite tricky! https://t.co/MO9887AcBN

13/11/20

Dahl class supporting our local high street making posters to support shopping local, thank you Threads of Harpenden for your lovely letter! https://t.co/UsvCHtMHbB

13/11/20

More amazing Year 1 design technologists learning new skills to make their moon buggy. https://t.co/TUQiP6s37B

13/11/20

Kerr class speeding kindness and love to whole school community. https://t.co/6PF1h7XAUA

13/11/20

Year 1 are amazing design technologists! Today we learnt about wheels, axles and chassis. We developed our skills to make sure the wheels didn't fall off! Excellent team work and problem solving skills shown today. https://t.co/snVz9jmZFk

13/11/20

Kerr class trying different counter balances https://t.co/EofAoLt46V

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Dr Seuss class! This morning we had a really positive start to our day by exchanging compliments cards and have started a kindness diary to document all the lovely things we do for each other. We are a very kind class! https://t.co/BxFl57dK0A

13/11/20

Potter class creating paper structures as part of their DT project. https://t.co/wdmgcIKJ7f

13/11/20

Kerr class coming up with ideas to describe their characters for their play scripts. https://t.co/AiQ4bKufQ7

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Elmer Class! It was perfect timing that John Lewis released their Christmas Advert today, 'Give a Little Love' https://t.co/j4ljO7sV1A so we watched this and created our own symbols of kindness to pass to you. https://t.co/cRQUka52FH

13/11/20

In Dahl class to celebrate world kindness day we have written notes to each other telling us how kind we are! Very happy smiley faces this morning! https://t.co/IgYtBhtr1b

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

Rosie Red in Lockdown

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