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14/05/21

Year 1 developed their compass skills this week by following instructions to find different animals/habitats that were marked on cones. Great sense of direction! https://t.co/2mRpYMgca0

14/05/21

Elmer enjoyed exploring the forest habitat today. We also continued to develop our tree climbing skills https://t.co/SflyGIBWiP

13/05/21

Couldn’t be prouder of so many members of Dr Seuss class who pushed themselves just that little bit further than they thought they could today! https://t.co/RQ4FCEwbHM

13/05/21

A wonderful wonderful day had by all of y5 Dr Seuss (+1 lovely member of Dahl class). Thank you Fellowship Afloat!! https://t.co/hbL8XgqetC

13/05/21

Leaving Fellowship Afloat...Thank you Trinity and the lovely staff at Fellowship Afloat! https://t.co/9uq0eoG3Pk

13/05/21

Year six learning about Ramadan and Eid from their classmates and linking it to our diversity focus: more and more football clubs are providing midnight leagues for Muslims during Ramadan. https://t.co/5tUELHJuoG

13/05/21

Year six enjoying exploring our new water zone in the playground and discussing ways to model our school rules: be safe be kind be respectful! https://t.co/COD0TK81gW

13/05/21

Yr 6 athletes worked on their fitness levels during an incredible game of Plankerpillar in PE! A game that highlights: team work, endurance and strength. Smiles all-round and a great sense of determination- value of the month-despite the wet conditions. https://t.co/B8W7I7eZCg

13/05/21

High ropes! https://t.co/MFVZ6DlZQe

13/05/21

Elmer loved their road safety workshop today. We learnt about how to keep safe when crossing the road. Stop. Look. Listen. Think https://t.co/6Q474JYcgO

13/05/21

Sailing at Fellowship Afloat https://t.co/KzJtWvzrYT

13/05/21

Elmer have loved creating mosaics linked with our learning on extreme weather. This week we have created fork lightning in a dark, night sky https://t.co/0N8OTsEgNE

13/05/21

Getting kitted up for high ropes https://t.co/WSjxQxEYUL

13/05/21

So many successful climbers this morning https://t.co/sMjCydy9SO

13/05/21

Look who is on top of the world! https://t.co/hz7zWh8j7i

13/05/21

Dr Seuss class have arrived at Fellowship Afloat! We are so excited! https://t.co/r5EsTyGlQe

13/05/21

Day 2 at Fellowship Afloat. Its the turn of Dr Seuss class and we are ready to rock and rock! days#FACT https://t.co/yOS7YYE4GZ

12/05/21

What a fabulous day Dahl class have had! We’re on the coach and on our way back, expected to be back at 8:45pm, see you soon parents! https://t.co/9yUw96UXfZ

12/05/21

Dahl class are now onto team building games after CAKE! Having such a great day! https://t.co/vNljmUbgme

12/05/21

Dahl class afternoon sailors! https://t.co/LLzHWehMT7

12/05/21

Year six historians exploring Extinction Rebellion and how the way people protest has changed over time. We debated whether their activist tactics are more or less impactful than other activist events through time and why. https://t.co/wEOwxatUUa

12/05/21

Squeals of scientific joy in Potter Class when investigating electrical conductors this afternoon. We focused on recording our dependent variables and collecting our results in a table https://t.co/hyzgDGzaOd

12/05/21

Dahl class are loving the high ropes! https://t.co/33fmUUOAlv

12/05/21

This mornings high ropes children in Dahl class loved it! Super determination and perseverance shown by all. We have eaten lunch and ready to swap activities https://t.co/EH2jCBWflZ

12/05/21

Some of Dahl class sailors! ⛵️ https://t.co/qagvtgxn7P

12/05/21

Dahl class are loving sailing ⛵️ https://t.co/Vlf4bGVLBp

12/05/21

Enjoying the sailing! https://t.co/kJ6rSVnaQG

12/05/21

First group of Dahl class is on the water! https://t.co/hboWH0XehY

12/05/21

Dahl class have safely arrived at fellowship afloat, some very excited children!! https://t.co/zj3zuPRY6l

11/05/21

Fantastic outdoor learning creating Roman numerals for Potter Class today linked to both Maths and our history exploring language through time https://t.co/OMQpGzg74x

11/05/21

Elmer have enjoyed a creative morning in Maths. We have looked at the art work 'Castle and Sun' by Pau Klee and discussed what we could see. The children have then been creating their own tessellating pieces of artwork. https://t.co/ExSzs9igq7

10/05/21

Dr Seuss class have been working with our talented TA, Ms V, to create some amazing artwork in the last few weeks. Look at these amazing figures we have drawn https://t.co/QvbfLgxrGP

10/05/21

Year six scientists part 2 - investigating the hardness of alloys. https://t.co/wAE4RmncWD

10/05/21

Year six scientists exploring the hardness of different alloys (plasticine mixed with flour, salt and sand). Excellent range of ways to record data effectively. https://t.co/0pQcIIVplT

10/05/21

Elmer class have enjoyed acting out different fairy tale audio books as part of our research https://t.co/MKO94IlFq7

10/05/21

Would you buy this chocolate cake? Kerr class persuading each other to buy a tasty treat. https://t.co/tAHuKSABoT

10/05/21

Moomin class are writing their Traction Man stories as a graphic novel https://t.co/ktUvS4mkPk

07/05/21

Kerr Class have used chalk to help measure our stranding long jump https://t.co/gpNXQESihE

06/05/21

Dahl class were budding musicians performing their own Motown pieces this week! Well done! https://t.co/uH0zzRRWvq

06/05/21

Dahl class enjoyed learning new hockey skills in preparation for the Hertfordshire school games virtual hockey competition! https://t.co/GEkKUQX6ek

Curriculum Overview

"The school's curriculum is strong and well planned. The curriculum meets the needs of current pupils very well." School Ofsted Report, June 2019

EYFS/Reception Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.

It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year at the school. The EYFS curriculum enables practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.

For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having a key person within the class who gets to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you as a family. In the Reception at Harpenden Academy your key worker will be the class teacher and the teaching assistant in your class.

The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These are the three prime areas of:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.

The EYFS also encourages practitioners and parents/carers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher. At Harpenden Academy we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education.

Reception EYFS Reading 

Key Stage Curriculum Overview

EYFS Curriculum Overview

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