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Year 4 have had an amazing time at Rock Up in Watford today. I can't explain how proud I am of the children; they showed resilience, team work and determination during this adventurous activity. The children were such a strong team and so supportive of one another.


Today in Early Years we were inspired to write by our Talk for Writing text - Emergency, Emergency. This is part of our topic ‘People That Help Us’. The other children were so inspired by Sakina’s perseverance that they all decided to write out the story!


Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!!


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Congratulations to all the performers in tonight’s Trust Concert! You were all fabulous and should be very proud of yourselves!


A giant snow play today at Harpenden Academy! Happy children who are simply loving the snow.


Snow Alert - school will be open - see attachment for details. Website down so message delivered by Class List and Marvellous Me. Spread the word.


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Tickets selling fast! Join us for a fantastic night of music with bands and choirs from across the Scholars' Education Trust coming together. Tickets available from St Albans Arena box office


Just getting onto the M1. Most of the children have slept during the journey. 😴


Finally out of carpark and on the move! The coach driver has told us that we can expect to be at The George for collection at approximately 11:45pm.


Young Voice superstars are on the coach waiting to leave the carpark! We'll keep you posted 😊


Oh dear what happened in Reception today?! Don't worry it was a visit from a Paramedic as part of their topic 'People Who Help Us.' Mrs Jackson in the office was relieved as it gave her a bit of a shock when these three cheekies played a trick on her!


On Thursday a group of Year 6 mathematicians took part in the January maths masterclass along with several other schools in Harpenden. The theme was money and they explored the concepts of trading, simple and compound interest and stock markets.


This week Year 6 headed to the forest as part of their PSHE Thrive Outside project: learning about all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending time in nature.


Look what Father Christmas delivered to Harpenden Academy!


This week the children have been creating their own 3D solar systems, learning about the relative temperatures and features of each planet. They have also been conducting their own independent research on aspects of the solar system that interest them.


Dahl Class sat in Centre Court! We sat on the seats the 'Press' sit on (the seats are the original ones from 1922) They were not as comfortable as the ones everyone else sit on!


How the ladies would have dressed during the first ladies tournament (1884)


How Spencer Gore would have dressed (1877 - first champion)


Wimbledon with Dahl Class


Dahl Class had a fantastic day at Wimbledon on Thursday! Here's a few photos of what we got up to...


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What a great idea to support and promote healthy eating, lovely social interaction and look at all the big smiles. Now we want to know what the treat was for.


Our Year 1 topic is 'Field to Fork.' The children had breakfast and had to think about where the food they ate came from. This term they are going to become 'designers' and learn how to design a healthy meal and make it! Here is an example of the writing they produced today.


Why are Year 1 being treated to breakfast this morning?


Year 1: I wonder what's going on?


What is happening in Year 1 this morning?


These two pupils spent their lunchtime rehearsing for the first time to give their classmates a Christmas concert. Merry Christmas!


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Please follow link for our end of term Trust newsletter We would like to wish students, families and staff across the Trust a very Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from everyone at Harpenden Academy! ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ 🎅🎄


Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK


Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK


Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas dinner was delicious today and well done to Steve, our Chef, for preparing such a wonderful dinner. The children had so much fun. Thank you to all the staff


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This week we had our final cross country run of the year and what a one to finish on! We stopped to appreciate the beautiful sunrise during our run around Rothamsted before appreciating the delicious Simmons treats which Hettie’s dad kindly gifted us all.


What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars!


On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Xmas day full of joy & hope for children who are currently living in care. The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label the gifts


We are very proud of our team of 7 children who won the Primary School BritishGo Championship in Birmingham on Saturday. The children showed great sportsmanship and determination and retained their title! Well done!


This morning we had a beautiful frosty run around the Common to wake up our bodies and brains. Such an invigorating and peaceful start to the day!


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Really fun gig at last night with


On Monday, KS1 walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1.

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Art and Design

Purpose and Aims


For pupils to be engaged, inspired and challenged, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


  • To develop ideas from starting points of sketching, pattern, texture, shading and exploring/ developing their original ideas
  • To master techniques in painting, collage, sculpture, print, textiles and digital media
  • To take inspiration from great artists, classical and modern as well as nationally and international


Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of artists, craft makers and artistic movements both classical and modern.
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like historians

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching art and design so that every opportunity is taken to relate art and design to the needs of our pupils. Art and design is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the matters, skills and processes in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage and involve pupil.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 3 key objectives which mirror the 3 aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that re repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call in snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the milestone and some will have a deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.

Monitoring, evaluation and improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.

Hundertwasser Inspiration, Year 2, December 2018

Children learnt about the Artist, 'Hundertwasser,' and looked at how he was inspired by art. We looked at his art work called Poppies. We spoke about the importance of the poppy symbol.

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Year 6 School Trip to the V&A Museum, October 2018

Yesterday Year 6 had an AMAZING day at the V&A to visit the Frida Kahlo  exhibition and learn about the inspiring resilience she showed throughout her life and to explore the ‘Future Starts Here’ science and technology of the future exhibit. The children (and adults!) were incredibly engaged, curious and playful and behaved beautifully throughout. Lots of deep moral and ethical issues to reflect on from exhibits over the coming weeks in class. It was lovely to see the children so happy at lunchtime playing in the paddling pool and putting into practise some of our mental health awareness learning: yoga, fresh air and cold water in one to encourage positive mental health! So proud of each and every child and so grateful for our wonderful trip.

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Art Presentation

Aboriginal Artwork

Aboriginal artwork in Year 2 for Going Global Week

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Book Art

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Carnival Costume Making

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Dulwich Art Gallery

Fish Mobiles

Fish hanging mobiles Year 5

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Art Atrium

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Harpenden Schools Art Competition

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Inspiration from Banksy

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Paper cakes Year 6

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Paul Klee

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Rainforest Art

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Snow Day in Reception

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Year 1 Rangoli Patterns

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Year 5 Masks

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Beast of the East

On Wednesday, 27 February 2018, Year 6 braved the ‘Beast of the East’ and travelled (via several trains and tubes!) to Dulwich Art Gallery for a wonderful David Milne art workshop and tour of the art gallery. The trip links to our North America topic as the artist was   Canadian and painted American and Canadian landscapes. The children were so engaged in both sessions and we learnt lots about perspective, complementary  colours, dazzle spots and more!

We were all very proud of our growth mindset in finding alternative travel routes due to broken down trains and snow-related cancellations.

We will be setting up an exhibition for you to view our art work later this term so watch this space!



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