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What a wonderful afternoon for sports day. Thank you for hosting the event was enjoyed by all. Well done to Sapphire overall winners of the day.


What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work.


Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop.


Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills!


Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills!


Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children


Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning


A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man


Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold


Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 !


Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day.


Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today


An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week


Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from?


Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created?


Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at


Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built!


Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe


Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story


Final group having their pedestrian skills training


Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills


Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training.


To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities


Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA


Great dancing year 4


Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity!


As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel.


Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session!


Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@


KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing


Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week


Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints.


Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity.


Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity.


Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year


KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work.


Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone,


Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail


Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking


Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset

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Design and Technology

Purpose and Aims


For pupils to be engaged in designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


  • To master practical skills when working with food, materials, textiles, electricity, construction materials, mechanics and computing
  • To design make, evaluate and improve

To take inspiration from designer throughout history.


Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of Design and technological experiences covering food, materials, textiles, electricity, construction materials, mechanics and computing
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like designers and makers who carry out research, ask questions, work constructively and independently.

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 design technology to the needs of our pupils. Design technology 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.

Year 6, Shakespeare Class, Dream Catchers

Team Shakespeare had an awesome start to their Dream Catcher project, in school, by learning to construct and weave using CDs.


Year 1 Elmer Class, Sliding Mechanisms

In D.T we have been busy learning about sliding mechanisms to start our unit on 'Moving Pictures' - see videos below! The quality of the work the children have been producing at home (and school) has been phenomenal, please keep up all the fantastic work!

Year 4/5 Dr Seuss Class, Cushion Cover Textiles

It’s been a tricky challenge but Dr Seuss class are nearly there with their cushion-making DT project!

Textiles 3

Year 5 Dahl Class, Cushion Cover Textiles

In Year 5 Dahl class we looked at designing our very own cushion covers. We practised lots of different techniques needed in order to achieve our desired look. Amongst others we learnt how to use and create running stitch, over stich, back stitch, buttons and button holes, applique, fasteners to name but a few. Sewing experts at the ready!

Textiles 2

Year 6 Shakespeare Class, Pop Art Christmas cards

As awesome artists, Year 6 has lots of fun creating Christmas cards in the style of Andy Warhol’s Pop Art.

Pop up

Year 6 Shakespeare Class, Felt flowers

Beautiful felt flowers made by Year 6 which were included in a Garland along with flowers made by our fare home buddies (small acts of kindness project). The dye was made from flowers grown at the Oval which linked to their Heritage history project.

Felt flowers

Year 1 Elmer Class, Moon Buggies

Year 1 were appointed by NASA to design and create their own Moon Buggy.  We can report that the mission was completed!

Moon buggies

Year 3/4 Kerr Class, chopping and peeling

Kerr class chopping and pealing vegetables for their DT topic about great British food.


Year 3/4 Kerr Class Newspaper Towers & Shortbread

In Year 3/4 Kerr class we have looked at resilience this week. We had a competition on who could build the tallest newspaper tower using only newspapers and tape. No scissors in this challenge! In Design & Technology we have been trying different flavours of shortbread.

Newspaper towers

Year 4 Austen Class and Design Technology

Austen class started making their photo frames in Design Technology. Today they focused on accurate measuring. A fantastic start to our creative frames!

Accurate measuring

How do you strengthen and join paper? 

As part of our DT learning in Austen class, we have been experimenting with how to make paper structures more stable. We have managed to make paper stronger using layering, twisting, rolling and folding.



Making Our Own Moving Toys, Year 6 Shakespeare Class

This week in Shakespeare class we have had a Design Technology filled week making our own moving toys. The children had to create their own prototype first of all looking at how the cams work using a follower. We had to do lots of problem solving to make sure holes were the right size, followers had something flat on the bottom and the cams were secure. The children then created their own individual toys, as you can see by the photos, they look fantastic! The children learnt how to use saws and glue guns safely. Well done Shakespeare class.

Moving toys

Shortbread Recipe, Year 4, Austen Class

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

Shortbread recipe

Shortbread 2


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