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15/12/19

Final Christmas elf! https://t.co/HIi7HiLOm0

15/12/19

Year six Christmas elves wrapping up gifts for children living in care this Christmas. https://t.co/q5wgUHopms

13/12/19

Sasha and Jasmine's cloud time lapse above the Harpenden Academy roof top. https://t.co/LaHm8j1Je6

13/12/19

Max's pineapple time lapse, very impressive! https://t.co/lJ1JtVxaGB

13/12/19

Time lapse art work from Inka and Charlotte during our Creative Friday session! Well done girls! https://t.co/bromIhJDnX

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/arziFG5PQz

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/xqKyfr5g2g

13/12/19

Creative Friday science paiting our Volcanoes. https://t.co/H2Ny4AvgQ8

13/12/19

This morning our children went out and spoke to drivers who had stopped outside our school illegally. The children gave them letters telling them about the impact it has on us. Thank you for a great Mini Police unit! https://t.co/k7iQl3PsoG

13/12/19

Year 6 musicians created their own songs at the end of our ukulele unit. Well done Year 6, you are very talented! https://t.co/B0UebCWp34

12/12/19

The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?! https://t.co/bBxYMFqkPb

12/12/19

Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/DsFBdBnOIF

11/12/19

Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far! https://t.co/xRyIqA4mQf

10/12/19

Year six unwrap today’s book advent! https://t.co/e0E5uhzcdB

06/12/19

Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon! https://t.co/2FE7cCREkQ

06/12/19

Lucian's basketball caveman! https://t.co/BJwsYzrYob

06/12/19

An entertaining Stop Motion animation from Evie and Jasmine. https://t.co/1XJirOYycA

04/12/19

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! https://t.co/439afnsRDk

04/12/19

Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum. https://t.co/rffM6yOalD

04/12/19

Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house. https://t.co/e46KsmVTh1

04/12/19

Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection. https://t.co/LnRXaNjNSO

04/12/19

Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas. https://t.co/dubTrROaH1

03/12/19

Energising wintery cross country this morning. https://t.co/Nz6yhfXFiZ

03/12/19

Learning to independently follow a recipe to make shortbread today. I loved their use of technical vocabulary whilst cooking. Well done Austen class! https://t.co/hsHL1titxr

03/12/19

A brilliant live learning for Elmer this morning- taking part in a carousel of spelling strategies! https://t.co/VbrbdD4VUu

02/12/19

Kerr Class had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit of things! https://t.co/JkmPeuwPVR

02/12/19

Feeling festive in Potter Class. Christmas Cake making https://t.co/9TuFQpCWKw

29/11/19

Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their clay tile workshop at St Albans Cathedral! https://t.co/634BaqEsdW

28/11/19

EYFS are incredibly excited about our upcoming nativity and have created some art work (Whoops a Daisy Angel) https://t.co/hgoU4ufW7e

28/11/19

Fantastic creative Thursday cookery session baking chocolate chip cookies. https://t.co/XbCnnrCmhq

28/11/19

Creative Thursday! Learning about human digestion system. https://t.co/yMLrh9I33w

26/11/19

The children in Austen showed our value of the month 'courage' when trying a new delicious Scottish dish - Haggis (meat and vegetarian options were available). We are learning about great British dishes and this week focused on Scotland in preparation for St. Andrew's Day! https://t.co/nmIUuYatg5

22/11/19

Some traffic on the M25 ETA now 4.15pm for Austen and Kerr

22/11/19

Austen and Kerr class have had a fabulous day! We are now on the coach on our way back. Due back about 4pm. Will keep Twitter updated. https://t.co/pQujOLRw9y

22/11/19

Look who we found on the path! https://t.co/0y6TffQUPU

22/11/19

What amazing animals and plants we have been lucky to see! https://t.co/Lk5BpqkSBi

22/11/19

We are really enjoying our tour on how plants and animals have adapted to the rainforest habitat! https://t.co/2ZtsPVxOAl

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.

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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