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Congratulations to the winners of our Lockdown Photography Competition. A tremendous effort from - capturing patterns in nature, country and urban landscapes & still-life inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.


Budding photographers with their certificates. Congratulations Flori for your overall winning photograph 📸


Elmer continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away


Today Elmer have been learning about the transference of germs in Science. To get us thinking we made some 'safe snot'


The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how other would act.


Year Six writers taking part in a Food Guild Young Food Writers competition this week, inspired by blackberry poems by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney.


Year six cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience.


Kerr class adding to their bottles by drawing on patterns them and adding paint as well.


Who is hungry? Potter Class have been creating their textile pizzas today. First step, paint the base. Secondly, cut the topping templates. Finally, Sew them on! Amazing progress!


Elmer class were very grateful for a parent donation of a sunflower planting kit. The children loved finding their own seed in the old sunflower head and then planting it to start the life cycle all over again.


Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class!


Year 3 took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future.


Year six exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem


To complete our Empiribox unit on sound, Dr Seuss class have been challenged to create ear defenders. Which material will work best?!


Success for Dr Seuss class in the School Games Virtual Basketball Skills Competition! Well done Team Dr Seuss!


Budding website designers in Dahl class are enjoying creating their own webpages on esafety!


Well Done Kerr on your Success in the virtual sports events


All sorts of play by Kerr Class


Well Done Team KS2 in your Spring Term Virtual Sport Events 🏆 Year 4 Basketball 1st🥈Year 5 Basketball 🥈2nd 🏀, Personal Fitness Year 4 Girls and Boys 3rd 🥉🏃‍♀️🏃, Multi Skills Year 3 2nd 🥈and Year 4 2nd 🥈🎾Thank you to for organising


3 weeks ago Pati set herself the challenge to be able to read this book. She showed resilience to keep going when things were a little tricky but by reading everyday she got there!


We have been experimenting with drawing in Dahl class; blind art, continuous line drawing and opposite hand drawings. We had a chuckle along the way when we compared our results and saw how tricky it was to do!


Kerr Class continue to learn about Gustavo Klimt. Stay tuned to see what we do with these bottles


Y6 celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves.


Dr Seuss class love sharing and celebrating their writing. A great opportunity to edit as well... we call it corridor conferencing!


Year six designers present their ear defenders and reflect on how their designs evolved whilst making them and how they would improve them further if they designed them again.


More super Shakespeare cyclists competing level 1 if their cycle training.


Elmer are continuing our work inspired by Cathy Miles


On , Potter Class have been refining their presentation skills to present information about a chosen animal or an interest to the class. We talked about making it exciting for the audience and how to find the most relevant information.


Elmer love learning the names of the continents using this song


Elmer class enjoyed starting off their Easter assembly with some fun with chocolate. We learned about this religious festival and why it is celebrated by Christians


Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited!


Year six designers designing, creating and evaluating ear defenders as a grand finale to our science sound topic.


As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood.


As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood.


Kerr class discussing how different animals behave to understand how people behave in different ways.


What a gorgeous afternoon for a spot of tennis! It was great to see Potter Class practising their tactics and putting our skills into a game-like situation.


Super stitching in Potter Class as we practised our running stitch today - lots of resilience and celebrating success!


Elmer have started their sculptures inspired by the work of Cathy Miles


Kerr Classing using their knowledge of persuasion to persuade each other . We have taken inspiration for Red Rectangles and Green lizards by to help stimulate our discussion.


In Dahl class we are very engaged with our take one book ‘Boy in the Tower’ here we have drawn and described scientifically and poetically what we think the bluchers look like.

Coronavirus Update

Useful Support Contact Details

Risk Assessment March 2021

Risk Assessment Staff Home Testing

Parent Return to School Jan 2021 Letter

Parents COVID information letter Sept 2020

Harpenden Academy Opening Plan Sept 2020

What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of COVID19 Early Years

What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of COVID19 Schools

SET Parent/Carer COVID Sept 2020 Guidance

SET COVID Flowchart for Parent/Carer

Behaviour Expectations for Parents & Pupils COVID19

Behaviour Expectations for Pupils COVID19

Please click here to access the risk assessment. 


Harpenden Academy are receiving daily updates from The Department for Education on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will publish any updates and advice on this page. 

This Department for Education (DfE) guidance is for parents and carers of children at:

  • registered nurseries and childminders (this includes nurseries, childminders, pre-schools, playgroups and maintained nursery schools)
  • primary and secondary schools (including independent schools, maintained schools, academies, free schools, infant schools, junior schools and middle schools)
  • further education colleges

National lockdown to come into force on Wednesday 6 January 2021

The Prime Minister has announced that a new national lockdown will come into force at 00:01 on Wednesday 6 January.

During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. Public vocational exams and assessments scheduled to take place in January will go ahead as planned. All other children and students will learn remotely until February half term.

We know that receiving face-to-face education is best for children’s mental health and for their educational achievement. We will be reviewing the restrictions on schools, colleges and universities and will ensure that children and young people return to face-to-face education as soon as the pressures are easing on the NHS.

This decision does not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places for young people. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

For vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, who can still attend school or college, as they did in March to May, and their teachers, the system of protective measures means that any risks are well managed and controlled.

Vulnerable children and children of critical workers who can attend school and college

During the period of national lockdown, schools and colleges should only allow vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to attend. Children with at least one parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker are eligible for a school place. It is not necessary for both parents to be critical workers.

Schools and colleges should speak to parents and carers to identify who requires a school place. If it proves necessary, you can ask for simple evidence that the parent in question is a critical worker, such as their work ID badge or pay slip.

The critical worker list has been updated to include new workforces whose work is critical following the end of the EU transition period. It is important these people are also identified as critical workers and their children can attend the education setting. This change will see a small increase in the overall number of critical workers.

Free school meal provision

During the period of national lockdown, schools should continue to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school. Meals should be available free of charge to all infant pupils and pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are in school.

Please click here to view the photos of inside and outside the school building so that you can manage the expectations of your child and familiarise them with how school will look when they return to school.

Opening schools and educational settings: guidance for parents and carers

Schools Re-opening Guidance from the DfE

Updated: 28/04/2020

Updated 21/04/2020


We have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

They are currently being offered for free.

Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so.

They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education.

We will review and update the list over time. Details on how that will work will be provided in the coming weeks.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:



School Communication

At Harpenden Academy we are being vigilant and ensuring we adopt good hygiene practice to minimise the risk of infection.

We are:

  • frequently washing our hands
  • not coughing and sneezing over everyone
  • disposing of used tissues appropriately

Each class has been given further supplies of anti-bacterial gel and surface Dettol wipes and all children are being reminded to do the above.Lockdown Newsletter May 2020

Final Return to School Letter 2, 26th May 2020

Final return to School Letter 1 Headteacher May 2020

Suggested Home Timetable & Parent Resources - School Closure

20th March Key Worker Definitions

20th March School Closure Letter
16th March 2020 Coronavirus Update Letter to Parents

Coronavirus Info for Young Children

27th February 2020 Letter to Parents


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