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21/01/21

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. https://t.co/R57JbHHouu

21/01/21

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. https://t.co/uhZ7lRskDY

19/01/21

More matching moves! https://t.co/YdThioHrMg

19/01/21

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. https://t.co/FfPQDCj5sk

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts exploring different ways to match their partner - using different heights and directions. https://t.co/Z0zDN2o0dY

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts experimenting with matching and mirroring balances and movements using the equipment. https://t.co/JAELi2kE1J

17/12/20

Christmas Lunch in school yesterday! https://t.co/Lvn50LJSRT

17/12/20

It’s been a tricky challenge but Dr Seuss class are nearly there with their cushion-making DT project! https://t.co/pgkFXTHwsJ

16/12/20

As awesome artists, year 6 have had lots of festive fun creating Christmas cards in the style of Pop Art. https://t.co/qHrCztJyPi

16/12/20

Thank you lovely Mrs Davies for serving our delicious Christmas lunch and to the kitchen team for an amazing meal! https://t.co/Z9GYoEsRn2

16/12/20

Team Shakespeare Christmas lunch https://t.co/38wXvpzMO8

16/12/20

Christmas lunch! https://t.co/4u84oCS6Ix

16/12/20

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! https://t.co/j6MOrYrgqT

16/12/20

Yummy, yummy! Thank you Joanna for ensuring our festivities could continue this year. "This is the best Christmas lunch EVER!" https://t.co/2qZwOhiSOI

16/12/20

Merry Christmas! We are ready for our annual Christmas lunch (in our bubbles of course!) https://t.co/z4M0nyNCxg

14/12/20

Kerr class completing a random of kindness by make ginger bread biscuits for Christmas https://t.co/0oiDi0Dvgy

14/12/20

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. https://t.co/8CuakegGt5

11/12/20

Year six Santa Dash fun! https://t.co/A8Mlo5Za7I

11/12/20

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! https://t.co/LoL1TtoFun

11/12/20

Dahl class enjoying our Santa dash this afternoon! https://t.co/l6W8zjzipW

11/12/20

Shame the weather was too bad to go outside but we still enjoyed our Santa Dash today in Dr Seuss! https://t.co/HuiZuL5QPr

11/12/20

More fun making peppermint creams in Year 1! https://t.co/ccfl6eW5pj

11/12/20

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? https://t.co/pHGJOhfeTY

11/12/20

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! https://t.co/HwJy8BPGGd

11/12/20

Kerr class Santa dash. https://t.co/MZKvt0pIvD

11/12/20

Kerr class creating symmetrical snow flakes. https://t.co/iM3qnaBQZi

11/12/20

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. https://t.co/miV48IYZlX

11/12/20

Year six scientists labelling and explaining the parts of a flower this week. https://t.co/MIhoksptRf

11/12/20

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. https://t.co/5GBElyTyFK

11/12/20

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! https://t.co/DHcj7KQJor

11/12/20

Elmer woke up this morning with a Santa Dash run! A lovely festive start to the day. https://t.co/yUXqyn2hXY

11/12/20

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! https://t.co/vaNsP072R3

11/12/20

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! https://t.co/ewk73fj0Va

10/12/20

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. https://t.co/cs9YFZ0OvZ

10/12/20

Dahl class have had a great afternoon making christingles in our RE lesson! https://t.co/3HVytriZFP

10/12/20

Thank you to Jump! for organising a Christingle-making workshop for us this afternoon. We had a lot of fun in Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/4UgdV4QtyN

10/12/20

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. https://t.co/yqb7liZPd8

10/12/20

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 https://t.co/RWiI1Nwdf9

10/12/20

KS1 and EYFS were really lucky to have a visit from 'Perform' this week. The children loved being part of this special drama adventure. Excellent acting skills everyone! https://t.co/JwxHLCpLKz

Vision and Values

Our vision for the Academy is to produce responsible young people of whom we can all be proud. In our school community, we have high aspirations for every individual. We firmly believe it is our duty to provide the very best all round educational experience and prepare students for a happy and successful life in an ever changing world.

The shared values of the Academy community are summed up by the Scholars' Education Trust ACE:

  • Achievement
  • Care
  • Excellence

The ACE underpins everything that we do and provides a secure basis for all that we strive to accomplish.

  • Achievement in academic, artistic, sporting, cultural and in other forms with a focus on teaching and learning.
  • Care for students, staff and others within and beyond the school community
  • Excellent standards, manners, honesty, personal integrity and uniform

Values Education

At Harpenden Academy we believe in instilling into the children in our community the idea of values. Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our lives. Some commonly held values include; thoughtfulness, respect, trust, love, friendship, courage... There are lots more values and many overlap.

Some values are quite tricky to understand and difficult to do every day; others are easier to spot and simpler to do.

Sometimes we forget about the values that are really important to us; we are too busy or we don't actually know what the values are.

It's not just children who need to learn about values, adults have to think about them too and sometimes need to remind themselves to slow down and think about what is really important to them. All staff members at Harpenden Academy will be trying to live the values at the same time as the children: that way we can all learn together.

Values Education is not just something that helps you to learn when you are younger; it is a set of tools that you will carry with you all your life. Understanding values will help you to make difficult decisions even when our children are all grown-up. To feel valued is a special thing and something we want to make sure everyone experiences at Harpenden Academy.

Here at Harpenden Academy we have been looking at our own values as an individual, as a family, as a class and as a wider school community. We weave these values into our curriculum and our way of life at school so that we grow into good citizens to be proud of.  We will celebrate when people are showing values - by sharing them both on the website and in school. We are sure that as parents you will help your child to understand values at home and will celebrate with them when they have showed them. Each half term we will focus on particular value and will discuss this during assembly times and class circle times.

We have 22 values 1 for each month over a 2 year rolling programme. The values are integrated into our assemblies, lessons and the culture of our school. The values are:

Respect, Resilience, Patience, Hope, Honesty, Love, Fairness, Curiosity, Determined, Faith, Friendship, Positivity, Independence, Courage, Caring, Gratitude, Kindness, Imagination, Humour, Tolerance, Trust, Responsibility.

Gratitude Friendship Poem by Reception Ladybirds, January 2020

 

Positivity Value, Year 4 Austen Class, September 2019

This week the children have been learning about their new value 'positivity'. They were tasked with thinking about a positive place, role model or designing a superhero to represent positivity. We talked about having a growth mindset and learning from our mistakes. As part of a team building activity we created a web of positivity by throwing a ball of string to each other. We then enjoyed tackling the web we made like a Crystal Maze activity. It was a lot of fun and really helped us bond as a class!

Evie 'If you can't find the sun, be the sun.'

John 'You can always fail, but you learn from your failures.' 'Failure is like another teacher, you learn from all your mistakes.'

Sasha 'The beach is my positive place because you can feel the waves relaxing as they wash over you.'

Sian 'You may think you are not great at something, but everyone can do it if they put their mind to it!'

Grace 'Waves on the beach make me think of a new positive thought.' 

Values Tree, October 2018

Year 3, Kipling Class, have had a very busy term with Miss Harvey! Here is just a small snapshot. We have learnt lots about each other and continue to teach each other new things. The school values have played an important part in our learning. We strive to link our school values to all areas of the curriculum. In Kipling class, we have a values tree which is growing with the children as they develop skills and values to take in to the future. All the children have contributed to the tree with their own thoughts and opinions.

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