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02/04/20

Our lovely children have made beautiful pop-up Easter cards today https://t.co/wb93c5F1oR

02/04/20

Reply from an NHS nurse to our year six letter thanking the NHS - stay at home everyone! https://t.co/GpGVDinxSH

02/04/20

Year six writers sharing thanks with NHS staff for their amazing work - please share with anyone you know in the NHS https://t.co/jace4FyMuI

01/04/20

Bring your scooter to school day https://t.co/rNNjAg2DfM

01/04/20

We have been doing Just Dance to get warmed up this morning! https://t.co/FbzgO1nypY

31/03/20

Level six of the HA obstacle course - focusing on our five ways to wellbeing for the week: connect. Working as a team to create a fun game! “This is good for our well being because we’re being active, connecting and keeping learning!” https://t.co/eNiAOxuiuS

31/03/20

A fun Maths challenge to get your mind working. It is not as simple as it seems! https://t.co/EejZYSTPkq

26/03/20

Lovely morning making fruit kebabs in the sunshine discussing the importance of vitamins, including vitamin D, in keeping us healthy and boosting our immune system. “Fruit is protecting us from getting the virus by giving us vitamins.” https://t.co/u6TiMMDLE2

24/03/20

Quote for day 2 "We're lucky as we get to come in here!" https://t.co/HgTXnQBBZv

23/03/20

Social distancing at lunchtime...all feels quite odd, although one wee cub said "It's just like being at Ikea." https://t.co/wFFp3jC3sB

23/03/20

Even on our last day of school on Friday the children in Kerr class and Austen class enjoyed sharing their favourite poems with each other https://t.co/Z3Jzt4PC10

21/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

Final maths lesson in year six - making mocktails using their knowledge of ratio https://t.co/a3n2Gg9yf4

18/03/20

Year six scientists learning outdoors as much of the day as possible - gathering and drawing conclusions from water resistance experiments https://t.co/rAooAm7n52

17/03/20

Year six putting their hockey skills into practise with a focus on possession and repossession when invading. https://t.co/cOKZmnjgMf

16/03/20

Second group out completing level one bikeability. https://t.co/VXl26jKedf

16/03/20

Year six bikeability commences... https://t.co/7GdpCw5J6D

13/03/20

Austen class investigated whether the shape of an object affects the time taken to fall through water https://t.co/zkC6xCmUr4

12/03/20

Great sportsmanship and resilience today boys. We didn’t get the results we wanted but a few goals. I’m incredibly proud of you today for your honesty and determination. Live and learn. https://t.co/kp4qUgHuhJ

12/03/20

We had our final parent scientist (a cell biologist) deliver some fascinating workshops about how our bodies work against fighting off 'germs'. We even got to use our IMAGINATIONS to design our own! We watched clips that showed just how amazing our bodies are!! https://t.co/FcPDRmHHsn

12/03/20

We really got our hearts pumping in Dahl class this morning with an workout. Great links to our learning during Science Week! https://t.co/LnWvGlvgyv

11/03/20

Fascinating science workshops and assembly from one of our scientist parents - a clinical researcher specialising in blood research - learning about blood clots and the importance of research in science https://t.co/Kmr8uJ8TVA

11/03/20

Potter class at the common launching our rockets. https://t.co/aa7CzyHDl7

11/03/20

Potter Class learning more about the heart and blood. https://t.co/XFCGJJvpwK

11/03/20

Elmer and Aslan class have been learning about how our blood clots when we are hurt and even made their own blood https://t.co/lPsuF3YOFQ

11/03/20

What are Potter class making today? https://t.co/F42I09OmAx

11/03/20

Harpenden Academy loving Mark the scientists from Empribox https://t.co/EpbehqOr0U

10/03/20

We were so kind, we made elephant toothpaste in two different colours!! https://t.co/BTCC4I8I9g

10/03/20

Ladybird Class got a letter from an elephant today, he was very upset that someone has stock piled all the elephant toothpaste so he asked us to make him some!! https://t.co/RgkssrgssY

10/03/20

Look at our EYFS Snuffle Station we have created to help encourage the children to be healthy and wash their hands https://t.co/L8AEGT2y18

10/03/20

Dahl class are just coming into Harpenden 👍🏻

10/03/20

What an amazing tour of Wimbledon we had this afternoon!! How awesome to walk in the footsteps of so many champions! Dahl class thoroughly enjoyed being VIPs for the day! https://t.co/FFuDSRg4x2

10/03/20

Austen class family groups competing in our intra-school competition. Well done everyone, great teamwork! https://t.co/KxOSYbNipj

10/03/20

Dahl class are on their way home after a great day- ETA 3.50pm.

10/03/20

Sunshine at last Potter class. We are investigating air resistance. https://t.co/FXYvrVshZ3

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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