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Kerr class putting their final touches to their tribal/war dances. Excellent teamwork


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.


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.


More matching moves!


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.


Year six gymnasts exploring different ways to match their partner - using different heights and directions.


Year six gymnasts experimenting with matching and mirroring balances and movements using the equipment.


Christmas Lunch in school yesterday!


It’s been a tricky challenge but Dr Seuss class are nearly there with their cushion-making DT project!


As awesome artists, year 6 have had lots of festive fun creating Christmas cards in the style of Pop Art.


Thank you lovely Mrs Davies for serving our delicious Christmas lunch and to the kitchen team for an amazing meal!


Team Shakespeare Christmas lunch


Christmas lunch!


A Santa sack load of Christmas cheer and laughter as LKS2 enjoyed their delicious dinner today - it really was joyous to eat together as a bubble!


Yummy, yummy! Thank you Joanna for ensuring our festivities could continue this year. "This is the best Christmas lunch EVER!"


Merry Christmas! We are ready for our annual Christmas lunch (in our bubbles of course!)


Kerr class completing a random of kindness by make ginger bread biscuits for Christmas


Half our Dr Seuss enjoyed a wonderful visit to the River Lea this afternoon where they furthered their knowledge about the local area and river features. The rest of the class are looking forward to tomorrow’s visit.


Year six Santa Dash fun!


Magical marble runs being made in Potter class today as part of our Christmas activity day! Children have used their DT skills to work together to create a Christmas maze. Lots of fun!


Dahl class enjoying our Santa dash this afternoon!


Shame the weather was too bad to go outside but we still enjoyed our Santa Dash today in Dr Seuss!


More fun making peppermint creams in Year 1!


Year 1 have been very creative with paper plates today. We created snowmen, reindeers and even a Father Christmas! Who knew a paper plate could make so many things?


Potter class have had an exciting video call this afternoon learning about being safe when crossing the road and safer places to cross. Remember...Stop, Look, Listen and Think... before you cross the road!


Kerr class Santa dash.


Kerr class creating symmetrical snow flakes.


Beautiful felt flowers made by Year Six which will be included in a Garland along with flowers made by our fare home buddies (small acts of kindness project). The dye was made from flowers grown at the Oval which links to out Heritage history project.


Year six scientists labelling and explaining the parts of a flower this week.


In Dahl class we have presented our own improvements for Harpenden, we have worked really hard! Our class voted and the winning improvements were for a splash park in Rothamstead and a nature reserve with bird hides on the common.


Dahl class have helped Santa this morning by making Christmas trees using newspaper and baubles! They had to stand freely and hold the baubles! Well done Dahl class!


Elmer woke up this morning with a Santa Dash run! A lovely festive start to the day.


Elmer's act of kindness today is a rather fun one to make! We have enjoyed making peppermint creams to give to members of our family to thank them for everything they do for us...there may be one or two coming your way!


It’s Christmas Activity Day at HA and Dr Seuss class are already stuck into making rafts to help Santa cross the river! Great team work and lots of fun!


Using athleticism, year 6 had lots of festive fun during PE today. Highlights included: pass the parcel - using hands, elbows and foot control, in addition to Santa versus the Grinch! Lots of great pair and teamwork, with smiles all round.


Dahl class have had a great afternoon making christingles in our RE lesson!


Thank you to Jump! for organising a Christingle-making workshop for us this afternoon. We had a lot of fun in Dr Seuss class!


Year six taking part in an online road safety quiz, learning lots of new facts including all the different types of crossing such as pelican, puffin and zebra crossings.


In Dahl class we have had a road safety workshop and we have created posters advising children not to be distracted by our phones, headphones or each other! Thank you

Coronavirus Update

Useful Support Contact Details
Key Worker & Vulnerable Family Survey

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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