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21/09/20

Super Year Six scientists setting up experiments to explore how water leaves a leaf. https://t.co/mszU8Qtzea

21/09/20

Kerr Class identifying the value of each digit. https://t.co/pHIY6QNCfU

18/09/20

Fabulous focus and smiles whilst completing our Beatrix Potter final pieces. We have loved exploring the characters and using watercolours.. stay tuned for the final pieces! https://t.co/PW8aRVIjfj

18/09/20

SOS (Save our Sam) Today in Year 1, Sam the frozen penguin needed our help. We had to find the best material to stop him from melting. We made predictions and drew our observations. https://t.co/iR0CesTpHH

18/09/20

Exploring different sentence openers in Kerr class. https://t.co/heBGqswAwe

18/09/20

Happy Birthday! https://t.co/tcElJ6wR6s

18/09/20

Harpenden Academy ready for a socially distanced birthday assembly. https://t.co/wr6joiREi3

17/09/20

Using watercolour to add extra detail to their https://t.co/4WPV5sdlz1

17/09/20

Kerr class adding their final touches to their inspired art. https://t.co/9Sek9RyzOl

17/09/20

Year 1 Elmer loved learning about 'algorithms' in Computing today. We followed our own instructions on the playground and then game our toys instructions to navigate around a treasure map. Some children even tried to write their own code! https://t.co/CUxLTXlumW

17/09/20

Super Team Shakespeare teamwork creating infomercials to shares safety information (on physical and mental health) on Covid with the rest of the school. https://t.co/HewpA4kcfp

17/09/20

Wow! Team Dr Seuss continue to impress us this week with their amazing art work based on pieces by Chidi Okoye. What a talented bunch! https://t.co/qb8ye2BsIq

17/09/20

They look proud of their work and they should do! What stunning homework Dr Seuss class have brought in this week related to the question: ‘What does Harpenden mean to you?’ https://t.co/BVmSHqGohF

17/09/20

An active start in Dahl class, teaching each other team games we created last week https://t.co/boqaiOfbbb

16/09/20

Year Six Circle of Compliments as part of our ‘building resilience’ play project. https://t.co/oOkMzrGd0y

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/2JHdlVGIAX

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/4yaKum57Ax

16/09/20

Kerr class learning about fronted adverbials and sharing our ideas. https://t.co/Xxa94u44k3

15/09/20

Year 3 became mini-architects for the start of our Buildings history theme this afternoon. The children showed a lot of resilience when tacking the challenges set for them! https://t.co/75ScEMaN8q

15/09/20

Kerr class showing resilience with an UK jigsaw https://t.co/VsM5ObBbKM

15/09/20

A fabulously busy day in Dr Seuss class today! Using microscopes to look closely at leaves in science; learning about compassion through drama; and sharing new ideas for team games in small groups in PE. Rest up for another busy day tomorrow! https://t.co/0JrBnhmUuo

15/09/20

Using multilink to remind us about multiples of 2 in Potter this morning! https://t.co/o5SjwPvdGJ

14/09/20

Super Year Six scientists fine-tuning their observation skills by observing different parts of a plant using a microscope. https://t.co/gMSICUD8Hw

11/09/20

A fabulous morning using watercolour to paint Peter Rabbit in Potter Class this morning https://t.co/pF0WNbsmjr

11/09/20

It's snowing in Elmer class!! Year 1 have been talking about 'freezing' and 'melting'. We made fake snow and talked about what was the same and what was different between real and fake snow. https://t.co/g84WZ4jlas

11/09/20

What a great first full week back. It’s been jam-packed and I’ve been super impressed by Dr Seuss class’s energy, resilience and enthusiasm. Keep it up team! https://t.co/8lO4OUKOJl

10/09/20

Great energy and focus in Year Six PE today learning more about attacking and defending. https://t.co/wVTViU6XKo

10/09/20

Year 1 have been reading the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Today we focused on the word 'afraid'. We used our acting skills to show our afraid faces. We then thought of others words that mean the same: terrified, scared, petrified, nervous, horrified. https://t.co/RGajfGWL6K

09/09/20

Kerr class being inspired by The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse creating pieces art that use sketching and shading. https://t.co/8tKcpfwwLE

08/09/20

Year six showed super growth mindsets in their first gymnastics lesson today experimenting with balances and counter balances. https://t.co/ZipYLc62Vw

08/09/20

Painting portraits in the style of Chidi Okoye in year 5 https://t.co/vhmRPSsY6i

07/09/20

Year 1 are learning about stories with predictable language. We read two stories today - 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'We're going on a lion hunt', then we went on our very own 'Elmer hunt'. Can you spot where we found Elmer? https://t.co/fqglbDpgte

04/09/20

A busy 2 days in Dahl class so far, inspirational maths, bookmark marking and optical illusion drawing, it’s been so lovely to be back! https://t.co/kEsw9RQAZl

03/09/20

Fantastic start to year six with Week of Inspirational Maths activity testing the children’s growth mindset to the limit! https://t.co/EEb7klEJGG

14/07/20

Our lovely Reception class prepared a sweet farewell to their Year 6 buddies today by learning and singing 'You've Got a Friend in Me.' Our Year 6 class were very touched. Thank you Reception Ladybird class. https://t.co/LjYSKKFoAF

07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

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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