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18/06/21

Elmer had a lovely afternoon learning about the skill of chopping. We learnt about how to be safe and hygienic when chopping https://t.co/6Z82Y407lZ

18/06/21

Another wonderful UK parliament workshop We had an extra surprise senior communications officer joined us virtually. There were lots of great questions. https://t.co/8AI0QPm3Nu

18/06/21

Forest School indoors! Moomin Class having fun using an 8 point compass. https://t.co/uiMddrIBN9

17/06/21

Year six celebrating Clean Air Day with a traffic survey which they then Turned into bar charts and pie charts on Excel. https://t.co/ufKV3f9ZaW

17/06/21

Cross curricular learning in Kerr class. We investigating how we travel to school for and creating spreadsheets to show the data https://t.co/GWIMSVhw6a

17/06/21

Dahl class have been data collecting outside to see how many vehicles come past our school linked to we will be comparing with results we take this afternoon https://t.co/rYbBiWokwN

16/06/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying learning about filtration today. https://t.co/jzUmQotnk8

16/06/21

Moomin Masterchefs! Practising our cutting skills. https://t.co/trVknjLoi6

15/06/21

Yr 6 artists have been enjoying some time today to reflect upon their growth and development through their primary years, by starting their ‘Doorways’ project: A doorway symbolises the transition and passageway from one place to another. # PSHE # Art # Transition https://t.co/VcrGC4P4YD

15/06/21

Excellent ball control in Elmer class this afternoon. We used different types of balls and learnt how to control the ball with our feet. We practised passing the ball to our friends and learnt how to stop the ball too https://t.co/pY7K2dNIsC

14/06/21

KS2 teachers attend the Woodhall estate pre-trip briefing: we can’t wait to bring the children here in a couple of weeks to explore this beautiful place and learn more about nature and sustainability. https://t.co/EwzlPLfD8V

13/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden, An amazing performance against the Lea. Year 5 & 6 you have improved so much https://t.co/tNgsFvg5Nc

11/06/21

Kerr Class, learning about the UK Parliament. Thank you UK parliament for a wonderful interactive workshop https://t.co/7A6zE3peh3

11/06/21

Moomin class are having fun at Forest School. We are learning to use compass directions. https://t.co/F6rcV3vLJM

10/06/21

Elmer class enjoyed creating freeze frames during their drama work this morning. They chose a scene from the story 'Lost and Found' and recreated it showing the character's emotions. https://t.co/6eObR7XaoL

10/06/21

Dahl class enjoying the start of our striking and fielding PE unit today! https://t.co/kRLKP2KfI0

09/06/21

Year six dancers finding ways to connect more deeply to our oceans via ocean- inspired dances. https://t.co/IQBWQ4zOPQ

08/06/21

Kerr class making art out of plastic https://t.co/S5cxyvWdgr

08/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden Academy. 4 vs 0 win 🥇 🏆 unbeaten this year! https://t.co/POGSUMrbFe

08/06/21

Potter Class have been reusing carrier bags to make turtle sculptures to celebrate World Ocean Day! Did you know 1 in 2 marine turtles have eaten plastic? 🐢 https://t.co/WUPJIswMmA

08/06/21

Potter Class creating dance sequences reflecting the stages of the water cycle on World Ocean Day. Can you spot our use of different levels, ways of travelling and use of unison and canon? https://t.co/xtjKxFP0ow

08/06/21

Happy World Ocean Day! As part of our learning today about the 6Rs, Elmer REUSED bottles to create some beautiful fish. https://t.co/AAAHkbS831

08/06/21

Dr Seuss class thoroughly enjoyed celebrating World Ocean Day. We spent part of the day making a start on an ocean scene made entirely out of recycled materials https://t.co/6ozOTkjfzp

08/06/21

Year 5 made some fabulous ocean creations from recyclables today as well as starting on our knowledge organisers to share what we have learned from this important day! https://t.co/EZsbMEmvfO

08/06/21

Moomin Class are using an atlas to locate the 5 oceans of the world. https://t.co/5iyiKQBpt3

08/06/21

Potter and Kerr class enjoyed their assembly kick starting their day full of ocean activities https://t.co/wMjITUEl2j

08/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/CT5lQKbRu5

07/06/21

Dahl class were super keen to start our world oceans day early and so we gathered the goods and discussed what we could do to help protect our oceans... more to follow tomorrow! https://t.co/AJr10Fofeq

07/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/cOeFGyDgXs

07/06/21

Graphs linked to World Ocean Day produced by Dr Seuss Class. We looked at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and linked our graphs to the decomposition rates of different materials https://t.co/IqdchBZBJA

07/06/21

Year 6 engaging with a live UK Parliament workshop learning about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including concepts such as: life peerage, elected and selected members, constituencies, canvassing, scrutiny, opposition and parliament ping pong. https://t.co/Kzey2vGGuR

07/06/21

Penguin found! This morning we found a lost penguin in Elmer classroom. We worked in groups to decide how the penguin had arrived in our room and how we could help it return home. In groups, we gave short presentations to the class to explain our ideas https://t.co/CsOHbiXwD1

07/06/21

Elmer class are developing their typing skills so that we can make e-cards later this term. https://t.co/rL7yLC3Fzj

07/06/21

Today we have planned our own evacuee stories that we will be writing up later this week- can’t wait to read such fabulously written stories - the plots sound amazing! https://t.co/VrXitZ2VGu

07/06/21

Year 5 have been working hard in maths with graphs today as part of our world ocean day activities to show the time it takes rubbish to decompose over years 🌍 https://t.co/hNSwji7Lxs

27/05/21

WW2 art inspired by Henry Moore. Dr Seuss class got rather messy! https://t.co/7glU5K1qLW

27/05/21

Moomin are enjoying playing a 5 times table game. https://t.co/HcnzZmLBws

27/05/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying investigating evaporation https://t.co/mT7hrRflRD

27/05/21

Elmer class loved playing a maths game about comparing numbers and place value. Who has the most tens? https://t.co/dhMWycGsFx

27/05/21

Dahl class enjoying the sunshine whilst practicing out hockey dribbling skills https://t.co/hjLYjd01L6

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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