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20/09/21

Thank you to our Oompa Loompa, Chef Simon, for our Roald Dahl’s Delumptious Dinner! https://t.co/kqkFxgOKLt

20/09/21

As scientists, Potter class have been identifying the bones in our skeleton and their functions. We have enjoyed listening to “these bones, these bones” to support our learning. https://t.co/Owu2eG3wos

17/09/21

Retweeted From University of Hertfordshire

A brilliant speech by MBE upon receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hertfordshire 🎓 Watch the full ceremony here: https://t.co/GmVZMAl8qE https://t.co/O50mNg2rOU

16/09/21

Talk for writing in Milne Class. What do you think our story is about? https://t.co/QV5y9IBqKi

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare artists learning how to draw self portraits using correct proportions linked to our Frida Kahlo study. Thank you Miss V for being a wonderful art teacher. https://t.co/GNz6RHVUyD

16/09/21

Team Tolkien demonstrated excellent teamwork , perseverance and resilience in PE today https://t.co/U5qx2OSXZF

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare meeting their Reception buddies and getting to know each other https://t.co/21HSZY09Yu

16/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed a Computing lesson outside today. We talked about how technology follow a set of instructions (algorithms). We went outside and practised being robots and giving each other instructions to follow https://t.co/1nvY1ZDyWR

16/09/21

Super historians in Moomin Class! We ordered the events of WW1 in chronological order on a timeline. https://t.co/jjmYpB2Wco

16/09/21

Super Elmer mathematicians today estimating and counting accurately. We even matched our number to a 10 frame model https://t.co/BEDEvn4vCK

15/09/21

As marvellous mathematicians, Year 3 have been securing their knowledge of the place value of 3 digit numbers using manipulatives and pictorial representations https://t.co/ZNInzbiV0E

15/09/21

Year six gymnasts exploring transitions into and out of counter balances https://t.co/qFtWJXNvOS

15/09/21

We are excellent at ‘teamwork’ in Tolkien class. Great use of partner talk in maths today https://t.co/6iiUBqXiON

15/09/21

In Year 2, we have been exploring different objects and describing the properties of each one. https://t.co/ezl4JG5XfC

14/09/21

In Milne class, we have created freeze frames to infer characters feelings https://t.co/hyuyOtd15Y

14/09/21

As amazing artists, Potter class began their collages, inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’. https://t.co/00261be29m

14/09/21

Exploring mood through movement in Tolkien class this morning https://t.co/GpxrcwAZGp

14/09/21

Year 3 have loved internalising our new text “Stone Age Boy” this morning creating our own actions https://t.co/Cay4W3CtJc

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare historians researching life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in order to answer the question: would you rather be a child in the 21st century or the Stone Age/ Bronze Age/ Iron Age? https://t.co/AvgF1Paz6t

14/09/21

Elmer class have been using 10 frames and cubes today to be able to create different number sentences https://t.co/WWJUOZaoPO

14/09/21

In Moomin Class we have been practising counting in 10s. https://t.co/ObRmaUNjR4

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare storytelling through drama and dance as part of our story writing hook session, focusing on creating mood. https://t.co/9dEV7PnTSj

13/09/21

Tolkien class enjoying working with their partners on a place value maths game today. A great way to assess what they already know! https://t.co/hePtoXmsqJ

13/09/21

Year 5 taking some mindful art time this afternoon to practice their continuous line drawing skills https://t.co/faNRTTD8Et

13/09/21

Elmer had a great start to the day with some moving Maths https://t.co/8rsEStvYJd Get fit counting to 100! It certainly woke us up https://t.co/fSjTF2aAwh

13/09/21

Fantastic ball skills in Elmer class today. All the children showed great control using different parts of their body. https://t.co/28z0OvGB2j

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ball skills and invasion games tactics inimical football matches. https://t.co/Jwo9ddjPA9

13/09/21

Milne Class have began their new geography topic about UK and Europe. https://t.co/3yL0TlgGNO

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ordering numbers skills with a place value game. https://t.co/eIHMB4IfGa

10/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed their phonics lesson outside on the balcony today. We loved learning our tricky trigraph 'igh'. We also learnt that 'tri' means three! https://t.co/fdsBsAPXBt

09/09/21

Milne have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh to create their own Positive quote posters https://t.co/HCc0Hk43CP

09/09/21

It was great to witness some excellent teamwork in PE this afternoon. Well done Tolkien class- keep it up! https://t.co/3u269hBK9F

09/09/21

In Dahl class this afternoon we became TV show presenters and we showcased all we already know about animals including humans, our new science topic. https://t.co/0pnqtfQWWG

09/09/21

Elmer loved their first ever trip to the Computing suite. They were very grown up and responsible. https://t.co/Sw3fiK7q2H

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare participating in an open air art exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings, exploring subject matter, colours, mood and personal responses https://t.co/D7xA5QJOys

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare enjoying a Stormbreak activity called Copycat https://t.co/7W3ai8Wek3

09/09/21

That was close! We got to the Year 1 classroom this morning and Elmer was MISSING! We had to quickly go on an important mission around school to find him. Can you see where we found Elmer? 'regoingonanelmerhunt https://t.co/pE35opT9z9

09/09/21

Mindful hand art in Moomin Class. We have written how we feel about being back at school. We all said we were happy and excited! https://t.co/Jv2idIqYXr

08/09/21

If you had to describe your summer holidays as a fruit, what would it be and why? Such creative and imaginative responses from year six Team Shakespeare https://t.co/KpM9a60bIR

08/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare readers using mind maps to organise their research about Greta Thunberg, one of several inspirational people they’re Been learning about this week as part of our growth mindset week https://t.co/qViKhH1DkM

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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