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23/10/20

Happy Birthday! https://t.co/1P1aASONr5

22/10/20

Who wants to be an archeologist and discover artefacts from 1666? KS1 do! We had to use our knowledge to work out who these artefacts belonged to. https://t.co/9zvBmzhD3Z

22/10/20

Each child making their own progress. Kerr class learning to compete against them selves. https://t.co/kRT0YzbMhf

22/10/20

Kerr Class developing co-ordination in PE https://t.co/gJ1xsFBrHC

22/10/20

Candle making, sewing and leather work...KS1 have been busy! https://t.co/El3zQbvalH

22/10/20

Our Great Fire of London day is so exciting! We are currently learning to do lots of jobs from 1666. https://t.co/bJ0KmNW342

21/10/20

A couple of the final pieces of artwork in Dahl class, they look amazing! https://t.co/jWcPiBdpka

21/10/20

Celebrating diversity by researching Famous chef who have shown resilience. https://t.co/ES72Yh0cWG

20/10/20

We were getting our dramatic juices flowing with some freeze frames in Dahl class this morning. See if you can guess what some of our portraits are of!

20/10/20

In Dahl class we have been working on our abstract Ordinance Survey Maps for Art over the past couple of weeks. We are excited to share the final products later in the week! https://t.co/JtEc1VKXRj

19/10/20

Elmer have become expert historians this afternoon asking questions about the Great Fire of London. We used the 5ws (who, what, where, when, why) to structure our questions about this event. https://t.co/n3OSYZV7QF

17/10/20

Kerr class taking a moment of stillness https://t.co/6Ogkhog3Ki

16/10/20

Little pig, little pig, let me come in....because it is raining outside! What is the best material for our little pig to have a roof made out of that will keep him nice and dry? In Science, Elmer class have been investigating which materials were waterproof. https://t.co/ZkfrosU3KC

16/10/20

A herd of woolly mammoths has invaded Potter class! This morning, children were following instructions to create their mammoth and recognising any important information that was missing. https://t.co/WD55X1y5zc

16/10/20

Happy Birthday! https://t.co/ECkftUBUmZ

16/10/20

Christmas is coming! Elmer have been learning about colour mixing and designing our Christmas cards. https://t.co/4IyYt7FJlm

16/10/20

Elmer have gone back in time to 1666 when the Great Fire of London was burning. We have been interviewing people who have experienced the fire ready for our special History day next week. https://t.co/AZWUfnzHuR

15/10/20

In Dahl class we have been practicing our dribbling and passing skills in PE this morning. https://t.co/71LgZiszCd

14/10/20

Thank you for inspiring so much wonderful learning in Kerr class. We have discovered how the Windrush generation has provided so much diversity to Britain. You inspired news report writing too. https://t.co/X3vdTtCfl9

14/10/20

Crazy coordinates in Dahl class this morning, we have been learning how to translate shapes. https://t.co/Dj1TfXljIW

13/10/20

Year six gymnasts so excited to be incorporating equipment into their counter balances routines along with varying dynamics such as speed, height and smoothness. https://t.co/W1JL7xwTIZ

13/10/20

Potter class were put to work cleaning the messy toys left by the mammoth. They then had to write the instructions using the correct imperative verbs. https://t.co/iXRQJIPNIt

13/10/20

As cooks, we have been leaning about how British food has been influenced by other cuisine from around the world. So we made some naan bread. https://t.co/eT2LqDBL0O

13/10/20

Exploring our value of the month - resilience - by role playing situations where we may need to draw on this attribute. https://t.co/9W6f0eUnjl

13/10/20

Something snuck into Potter class whilst we were at P.E.... we investigated the clues (bubbles, leaves, shampoo) ... we think it might have been...the woolly mammoth!!! https://t.co/QzByObvJOs

12/10/20

Insightful and thought-provoking discussion in Year Six around British Black History, linked to our Rich and Poor histo topic. https://t.co/dGte4zFI95

12/10/20

Harpenden Academy are offering live tours for new Reception parents Sept 2021. Please check out our Reception admissions page on our school website and book your school tour with our Headteacher and EYFS Leader https://t.co/rC0lwX3Mmn

09/10/20

Linked to World Mental Health day, Ladybird class focused on the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We got active, made cards to give to family members, enjoyed connecting with friends, learnt a new poem and took notice of the sounds around us while watching a candle burning. We feel good! https://t.co/RqcVUdPfaK

09/10/20

Positivity in Potter this afternoon! We talked about positive affirmations this afternoon as a way to help our mental health. https://t.co/qzckyDO1pt

09/10/20

Dahl class celebrating world mental health day, we thought of as many positives as we could! https://t.co/JgXSyBqFja

09/10/20

Tomorrow is World Mental Health day so Year 1 have been talking about all the things they love. We created hearts of positivity to celebrate all the things that make us happy. https://t.co/8Ouok1CGAC

09/10/20

Amazing artists in Potter class today! We got excited about Christmas and are experimenting with the different watercolour wash techniques ready for our Christmas card designs 🎄❄️ https://t.co/aOxq0lfgGz

09/10/20

Kerr Class have discussed how we can look after our mental health. We created positive photos for each other. https://t.co/eQPM2Mcmap

09/10/20

Lots of birthdays this week at Harpenden Academy. https://t.co/gTbwuNr9ga

09/10/20

ELMER CLASS LOVE SCIENCE! Today we have been learning about materials and their properties. We made paper boats out of different types of paper and investigated whether they were waterproof or not. We grouped our observations into a table. https://t.co/BwP6rh6ygJ

08/10/20

Today, year 6 were getting excited about Christmas in art! We were using our recent study of William Morris designs to produce inspired drafts of festive foliage for this year’s Christmas cards. We incorporated: symmetry, 90 degree rotations, half and repeat patterns. https://t.co/tX8d7Ydd7u

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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