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04/03/21

Whipping It Up with Mrs Ross! Check out our new page on our website. Cook along with Mrs Ross and send us photos of your tasty treats! https://t.co/XB3oZukAHM https://t.co/PoARVm5Tzu

04/03/21

We are overwhelmed by the entries for our Lockdown photography competition! Deadline for submission is 8th March at 7pm. Check out the entries on our website https://t.co/kSTWob0Lp6

04/03/21

more World Book Day fun! https://t.co/QfzkBzXnDk

04/03/21

World Book Day fun today at Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/dlFzAheRRM

04/03/21

World Book Day at Harpenden Academy today! At school and at home https://t.co/aKm4LNvrfR

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home - amazing dress up, reading outdoors and comic strips. https://t.co/S5QulaHq1C

04/03/21

Year six - book charades, live workshops and creating stories in a jar https://t.co/BGANVM3dAV

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/BWMSaBhSfR

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/jaKc3xNJcG

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home: dress your head, build a story den and feedback! https://t.co/7aG57VVncM

04/03/21

Elmer class are really enjoying World Book Day. https://t.co/EPolQElhE0

04/03/21

More World Book day fun from Elmer at home. Reading in unusual place, creating books and 'Draw with Rob' becoming an illustrator. https://t.co/wOALo6jHTY

04/03/21

World Book Day costumes in Year 1 https://t.co/PK0mMkwcBO

03/03/21

Year six investigating the relationship between height and volume as well as type of material of the floor and volume using sound meters https://t.co/zGJrpC3ByS

03/03/21

Team Shakespeare celebrating Food Waste Awareness Week with persuasive letters home to parents asking for changes to be made! https://t.co/YCNMD6jTJm

26/02/21

Kerr Class taking part in Captain Tom Moore challenge https://t.co/CoEqcA6eOq

26/02/21

Year 3 have been taking part in in memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore. We did 100 repetitions of an exercise, starting with 10 laps of the hall each! It was certainly a challenge! https://t.co/uk8n5Wdayb

26/02/21

Year 1 looked closely at feathers this afternoon. We discussed layering two different types of media. We chose from charcoal, pencil, oil pastels or water colours. Very impressive results Elmer class! https://t.co/92Va8w5qBr

26/02/21

In Year 1 we are developing our observational skills in Art. We started with a warm up game called 'Blind Drawing'. The children had to have a piece of card over their pencil so they couldn't see what they were drawing. We realised quickly that this made it so much harder! https://t.co/zaz3xqQszz

25/02/21

Year 1 have been enjoying their first session on how to conduct online safe searches. The children used safe search engines to find images of animals. They then used their copying and pasting skills to put them into another document. https://t.co/4L4y4sV7Nj

23/02/21

Team Shakespeare mixing science and music. Having investigated how different instruments create different pitch sounds, the children made panpipes! https://t.co/8NtKfGbWia

22/02/21

Year six Art therapy session to express out emotions - symbols of happiness https://t.co/FZpk9tQd5M

22/02/21

Team Shakespeare performing poetry from the beautiful Lost Words poetry book using excellent expression, emphasis and evocative tones of voice! https://t.co/M1K0Cg97Ri

12/02/21

Linked to tactical fitness, year 6 delivered a high impact workout designed to work the whole body. Impressively, the children all came up with a broad range of exercises to target different parts of physical fitness. https://t.co/vVcwT7zqmU

09/02/21

Year 3 have been making colourful cupcakes linked to our self-esteem story “Gilly the Giraffe”. We practised our icing skills and decorated using sparkly sprinkles! https://t.co/GQR9kjwsmP

05/02/21

We are Scientists! Today, in Year 1 we have been learning about things that are alive, were once alive or things that were never alive. As part of this we made our very own fossils! https://t.co/OZ3yPamLVC

04/02/21

Year 1 loved creating story stones and creating imaginative stories from images. Well done everyone! https://t.co/gCYADl7NWl

04/02/21

More of Elmer enjoying their 'Power Snuggle' time. https://t.co/xQxfucTqcZ

04/02/21

Year 1 have loved our special Story Telling day. It has been a day where the children at home, and at school have shown their true creativity and imagination. https://t.co/jGg28xO9QE

04/02/21

Year 6 have had a phenomenal morning, releasing their imaginations and sense of escapism, during Harpenden Academy’s story-telling day: exploring language to create team stories; improvisation, performance and animation through drama; and a high energy fairytale PE lesson! https://t.co/uP5yLw1en0

29/01/21

Year six scientists exploring how sound travels through different states of matter. Great experiments by our scientists at home too! https://t.co/fzG2VZBAht

29/01/21

Year six Hopes and Dreams PSHE lesson inspired by Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem: The Hill We Climb https://t.co/nQgJPCvtMk

28/01/21

Using Willow, Year 6 design technologists, produced beautiful spiders webs - by using their weaving and creative skills, to produce: a striking, unique and colourful Dreamcatcher. https://t.co/0UdM7IQKN6

28/01/21

In Year six we created an outdoor library for our English lesson today - exploring the key features of non chronological reports and their effect on the reader. All feeling grateful for the sunshine! https://t.co/xOjDuirOBC

22/01/21

Kerr class putting their final touches to their tribal/war dances. Excellent teamwork https://t.co/TKCJnPGkzV

21/01/21

Team Shakespeare have been extremely active, as part of our ‘Be Active’ challenge, to support not only our physical health but our mental health. We have been focussing on tactical fitness today in particular - high impact exercise, designed to get our whole body working. https://t.co/R57JbHHouu

21/01/21

Year six DT project - paper plate dream catchers linked to our North America geography topic. Lovely to see the children at home’s wonderful creations too. https://t.co/uhZ7lRskDY

19/01/21

More matching moves! https://t.co/YdThioHrMg

19/01/21

Year six scientists making their own instruments to explore how sound is made. Some excellent definitions using scientific vocabulary such as energy, particles and vibrations. https://t.co/FfPQDCj5sk

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts exploring different ways to match their partner - using different heights and directions. https://t.co/Z0zDN2o0dY

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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