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25/01/22

As scientists, Team Tolkien created simple circuits, identifying the success criteria for a complete circuit. They then had to identify which drawn circuits would/wouldn’t work and explain why using technical vocabulary https://t.co/daFdnrvleT

25/01/22

Year 3 have been working to show their concrete and pictorial representations when dividing 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We are building our knowledge of the relationship between multiplication and division and this is really helping us. https://t.co/X0ljeOB3RO

25/01/22

Year 2 debating who is the real good character in ‘Goldilocks and the three bears.’ We had a lively debate. https://t.co/U2M47tUomw

24/01/22

Using our inference skills to interpret the freeze frames from our fairytale ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Can you recognise any of the key events? https://t.co/mjlrFXpMSz

24/01/22

Thank you to our eco committee for leading our assembly this morning and sharing some top tips with us to save energy, reduce our use of plastic and look after our environment https://t.co/33ikLVSWiY

24/01/22

Invasion games workout in year 5 this morning! https://t.co/ZsISDbKd9K

21/01/22

Dahl class scientists are enjoying testing what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more bulbs are added to a circuit. https://t.co/cYU3ZMJMnS

21/01/22

A great way to end the week celebrating the diversity shown through our Influential People Week in our assembly! Thank you to parents and carers for all their hard work supporting their children to create such wonderful headgear! https://t.co/VerIgUDUkc

21/01/22

Partnered proof-reading and editing in Team Tolkien this morning ! Let’s see if they can apply these skills to their own pieces! https://t.co/AL7xLqkb16

21/01/22

Dahl class have loved talking about the people who inspire us, as part of we have all shown such respect to each other and our views and have all been inspired by each other. https://t.co/Y1Gfb5E3yi

21/01/22

Dahl class have completed some fantastic news reports on Captain Sir Tom Moore as part of our activities https://t.co/4AEbXA5AFL

20/01/22

What an inspiring day in Potter Class! We have loved spending time learning about the people that have influenced us. The children gave fantastic presentations and really knew their stuff about their chosen individual https://t.co/qwW7dgFcKA

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: My Dad. Edith Clark, David Attenborough and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. https://t.co/SQhufyow0z

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Wole Soyinka, Dina Asher Smith, Eric Yuan and Carolyn Keene. https://t.co/YKcvjbYKKh

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Vaulting teacher, Dr Beast, Emma Raducanu, Ada Lovelace. https://t.co/boPXuDU9wQ

20/01/22

Year 1 loved discovering the 'Brushes redux' app and the 'Tate paint' website to learn how to create illustrations using different paint tools https://t.co/2iYihEZ5PD

20/01/22

As design technologists, Team Tolkien have been enjoying learning about the history of the Dream-Catcher and its symbol of: hope, happiness and positivity! https://t.co/cAqCU7sHlb

20/01/22

Team Tolkien spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about those who have inspired us, to celebrate ’Influential People’s Week.’ These ranged from David Attenborough, Serena Williams and Martin Luther King to a parent! https://t.co/r0fmu14sJW

20/01/22

In Dahl class lesson today we had a basketball tournament, and a shoot out! The children were great at showing all of the skills they have learnt this unit. We will continue the tournament next week to find our winning team. https://t.co/a5JUwAFVYh

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Katherine Johnson, David Attenborough, Emma Watson and Mampimpi. https://t.co/ZKEVX0bwJ5

20/01/22

Moomin presented their information about their influential person that they have created their hat on. We have found out some amazing facts. https://t.co/HuCpQMa4IJ

20/01/22

Elmer presented facts about their influential people beautifully. We had such a lovely range in class, it was wonderful to see https://t.co/quoJpmk9v8

20/01/22

So many influential people in Milne Class. https://t.co/EE7E5jvlRt

19/01/22

In Science we watched a live lesson about plants and we learnt about the different parts of a plant and what plants need to grow. During the lesson we watched clips from Sir David Attenborough’s Green Planet program. https://t.co/8H9ayCPwqV

19/01/22

Potter Class ‘Pasta Punctuation’ this morning to remind us where inverted commas go when a character is speaking. We also looked at our reporting clauses and making them more exciting for the reader. https://t.co/JMq4FtBlEE

19/01/22

Beautiful winter sunrise at cross country this morning https://t.co/DuVFD12XWN

18/01/22

Tear six team Shakespeare have been exploring our value of the month: gratitude. They have set up gratitude journals and explored the health benefits (physical and mental) of a gratitude practice. https://t.co/4P7tn2pRCu

18/01/22

Super Shakespeare scientists investigating different ways to change the brightness of a bulb, considering independent, dependent and control variables and then evaluating the data collected. https://t.co/1OYS9xKOyA

18/01/22

Super Shakespeare scientists investigating different ways to change the brightness of a bulb, considering independent, dependent and control variables and then evaluating the data collected. https://t.co/VIaGgqKLKa

18/01/22

Early morning netball. https://t.co/FsDPXdj6i7

17/01/22

Weaving in Team Tolkien… the start of our dream-catcher project. It was so lovely we were able to do this outside in the sunshine ! https://t.co/obA1jMXW1U

17/01/22

Year six team Shakespeare hockey players practising their attacking and defending skills in the context of hockey - considering how to create space as attackers and block space as defenders. https://t.co/4uDU6FLXgk

17/01/22

Moomin Class enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King as part of Influential People Week. https://t.co/BPueqe8xKr

17/01/22

Milne class using hot seating to learn more about the characters. To help them plan their play scripts https://t.co/OrpJ4cN0Sv

14/01/22

Elmer class loved their geography lesson today learning about where the school is situated. We answered geographical questions about the school location and site. https://t.co/zqS7UIU4QD

14/01/22

Milne Class getting lots out of their Stormbreak today with Ranagram . https://t.co/UgcduTLj3l

14/01/22

Dahl class have been debating the topic ‘should we get a swimming pool in the school hall?’ As part of our balanced arguments English unit. Very valid for and against arguments and great use of conjunctions. https://t.co/YwSV0QXHO7

13/01/22

Elmer class loved using the IT suite this afternoon to safely search for different characters from books. We looked at how the images had been created https://t.co/wbRWg3cD5o

13/01/22

Y1 enjoyed starting the afternoon with a stormbreak called 'Bus Stop Meditation'. Here we focused on self care. We jumped on the positivity bus for a happy thought and let the bus pass us by for a negative thought. We know it is ok to have different feelings https://t.co/OY2BIDufmo

13/01/22

In Year 1 we drew froggie faces on our fingers to help us jump backwards on a number line. Elmer were super mathematicians and solved lots of subtraction questions https://t.co/BEOliysvon

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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