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24/05/22

In Elmer we have been thinking about sustainability and have been doing some ‘plastic free’ planting. https://t.co/XdldAya52S

24/05/22

Dahl class having such fun on the common on a nature walk for and , enjoying the nature all around us is good for us! https://t.co/Ucgu9AdTOW

23/05/22

To celebrate susfest, year 4 have created persuasive posters to encourage local people to reduce, reuse, recycle https://t.co/dWwviFw6Rq

23/05/22

Super start to our Sustainability festival 2022 week with lots of fascinating articles in Aquila to explore: from ancient eco warriors history to plant power science. https://t.co/OWb1PGamoO

23/05/22

Watch out HA Team Potter are about checking if lights have been left on! We are recording our data in a table and are going to present our data in a bar graph to Mrs Johnston! https://t.co/lmGdmVw6JD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/Hw0J5KGveK

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/1kffhg5izD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/eHecgNgcmB

20/05/22

A few examples of year six Team Tolkien’s Queen-inspired poetry https://t.co/ozpMvzTKHP

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/epf0ypDDZ5

20/05/22

Wonderful Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/l8o9OclrMx

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/l7RyBSASHA

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired raps. https://t.co/4s3HMYXfhR

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/SJWwE4AjxH

19/05/22

Year 3 & 4 had a lovely walk this afternoon to Oval for our educating hearts and minds project. We all enjoy the beautiful sunshine and surroundings. https://t.co/EP9svdB3x5

19/05/22

Potter Class had a fantastic time walking to The Oval this afternoon. What great weather for it! https://t.co/bypAsAbKWc

19/05/22

Year six track events - 100m sprint https://t.co/ud1Rkb2m9V

19/05/22

Year six practising their rounders skills and tactics on a gorgeous sunny day https://t.co/Wz0vNvu7rU

18/05/22

Dahl class have worked really hard on our home learning these past 2 weeks and have created presentations all about rocks, well done! https://t.co/2XQnYg9z7Y

16/05/22

Team Tolkien were treated to a short play, in the afternoon sunshine, on the much awaited new play equipment! We had beaming smiles all-round! https://t.co/FrsXJIZbGj

16/05/22

Year 3 have been inspired by their text War and Peas to design imaginary kingdoms that will inspire our writing. This lesson comes with a warning: it might make your stomach grumble! https://t.co/me12o2QXXw

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/TVZYVTOFp5

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/A8duckwgsI

13/05/22

Year 4 working on our overarm throws in PE https://t.co/ZZhW29sRuA

13/05/22

Year six team Tolkien artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/K8RUn7XNQP

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/KNsCXETRSe

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/PTZGaTlK4c

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/JfiEzUQKmh

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/crKMu2myr7

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/OLVLXCWWK0

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/32CQPZCw22

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/3h6UFl4TMA

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/beTV7y3d60

11/05/22

Dahl class computer scientists have worked hard today on creating their own blogs https://t.co/GXGqvsR6jR

11/05/22

In maths today Dahl class have enjoyed using concrete resources (clocks) to create angles and measuring them using our protractors https://t.co/re9XWO18wK

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/fHUMiDkhSg

11/05/22

Year six Team Shakespeare historians exploring an art gallery of different representations of the Queen and answering the question: who is the real Queen? https://t.co/ln96bOdO45

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/q0mzITxvFn

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/IME0bhxry7

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Mathematics

Key Instant Recall Facts (KRIFs) - Maths Home Learning

Purpose and Aims

"The leadership of English and mathematics is strong. Leaders have excellent knowledge and understanding of these subjects. They have taken a wide range of suitable actions that have had a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and outcomes in the school." Ofsted School Report, June 2019

Purpose:

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. It allows children to gain resilience and develop a range of strategies to solve problems set before them, drawing on previous knowledge and applying this knowledge to support solving a range of problems.

Aims:

  • To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Pupils are able to see connections between mathematical concepts to support their problem solving and can verbalise these findings.

Provision

Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - This gives pupils experience of a range of different methods and strategies focusing on the concrete- pictorial - abstract pedagogy using Maths No Problem.
  • Depth - Giving pupils opportunities to apply their learning in a range of different environments: cooking, problem solving; organising events and enterprise initiatives for example which help pupils to apply their knowledge and understanding. There are also opportunities to problem solving; peer teaching; make generalisations and adapting understanding to be able to conjecture and prove what has been noticed.

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element (repetition and increasing understanding); our goal for the “depth” element is that pupils are able to identify, apply and explain a range of methods to explain their mathematical understanding and thinking.

Our curriculum drivers allow for pupils to develop and gain resilience when problem solving and functioning mathematically in real life situations (such as LOTC and Science, for example). This enables our pupils to apply mathematical knowledge and understanding from lessons and apply them in solving a range of problems across the curriculum and beyond.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 3 key objectives which mirror the three aims of the subject. We address these through Maths - No Problem!

Assessment and reporting

Teachers report half termly as to the progress pupils are making and this is used to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet curriculum expectations.

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 identified along with the areas for development. The leader then creates 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, Tricky problems linked to subtraction

Super year 6 mathematicians working systematically to solve some tricky problems linked to subtraction. So impressed with their ability to formulate and test hypotheses.

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Year 1 Elmer Class, Part-Part Whole Method

Elmer have just started learning about the 'part-part-whole' method in Maths. Great partitioning Year 1!

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Year 3 Maths

Potter class mathematicians practised telling the time to 5 minute intervals by creating their own outdoor clocks.

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Year 1 Problem Solving

In Maths, Year 1 had to solve a tricky Christmas problem - how many different ways can you dress the elf? They were given 3 (or 4) items of clothing and had to be methodical to find all the different solutions.

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Year 3/4, Symmetry

Kerr class applied their knowledge of symmetry in order to make Christmas snowflake decorations.

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Year 1 Cookery

Elmer class made Christmas peppermint creams, applying their knowledge of number and measure.

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Year 3/4 Cookery

Kerr class made Christmas gingerbread biscuits, applying their maths knowledge of number, shape and measure.

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Year 3, Measuring

Magnificent measuring in Potter class! They had been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. They measured each other’s heights and discussed their accuracy whilst getting outdoors!

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Year 1, Subtraction

Year 1 applied their knowledge of subtraction in a variety of ways.

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Year 3, Potter Class getting to grips with metres and centimetres

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Maths Masterclass, Year 5

The group of year 5 children were extremely focused and engaged at the Maths masterclass yesterday hosted by Crabtree Junior School. They were praised for their participation, enthusiasm and tidy table at break time! They were investigating Euler diagrams. The next session will be run by Scientists from Rothamsted Research! Such a great opportunity for the children.

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EYFS Math's Workshop, Parental Feedback

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Img 5038Dinosaur Mania in Reception Class

We compared the lengths of dinosaur teeth by lining them up next to each other and then we put them in order from the shortest to the longest. After that, we measured the length of each tooth using cubes (non-standard units). Some children were able to say how much longer one tooth was than another - we were finding the difference! The children were fascinated by the giant ruler on the screen, we learnt how to measure in cm. Remember, one end of the item being measured must be lined up with the zero on the ruler!

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Spotting and Explaining Patterns—Maths Masterclass

On Thursday a group of Year 6 mathematicians had a wonderful afternoon at the RI Maths Masterclass exploring Möbius bands - spotting and explaining patterns. Well done for showing excellent resilience and curiosity. Mrs Watson 

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Aslan Class, Year 1/Year 2

Aslan class has settled in well over the last few days and made many friends. We enjoyed practising our adding and counting in Maths by playing games and different adding activities.

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Buried Treasure in Year 4

Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! This week we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too!

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Maths Masterclass, Year 6

On Thursday a group of year six mathematicians attended a maths masterclass on polyhedra. They used their knowledge of angles, the properties of 3D shapes and algebra to design and create polyhedra. A very exciting session with lots of learning links to other areas of maths, not to mention some enquiry-based learning questions to investigate next week! Mrs Watson.

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Maths Masterclass, Year 6

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.  The session also covered risk, volatility, bell distribution and probability. The children were all fascinated and I could almost hear their brains growing as they puzzled new concepts in maths, physics and finance!

As always they were excellent ambassadors - showing curiosity and courage in equal measure to learn and try new things. 

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Maths, Year 3, Weighing & Estimations

This week, Kipling class have been benefiting from Miss Harvey’s extra curricular Mathematics training. She spent the weekend preparing flour and sugar bags, ready to be weighed by our eager young people. It was a fantastic lesson, which incorporated active learning and exploration of number problems. The children had fun estimating how much each bag would weigh and then practised using the scales to accurately record their findings. Miss Harvey even teased them with her favourite savoury snack (crisps) but refused to share them out at the end of the fun filled lesson! 

The children extended their learning by linking it to their science lesson calling it “a great experiment!“ Some super smart children also designed their own weighing scales by using a ruler and pencil to balance the bags on. 

Whoever would of thought that Maths could be so much fun ! 

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Dinosaur Maths, Reception Ladybird Class

Today we had a maths investigation into how big a triceratops foot was. We compared it to our own feet and then we decided to see how many of our feet it took to fill up a triceratops’s footprint. Eventually we decided it took exactly 15 children’s feet, we counted in 2’s to discover that 15 children have 30 feet. We then spent the afternoon filling the dinosaur footprint with different objects, estimating each time.

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Go Club

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Grow your Own £ Enterprise

Fantastic work for our first endeavour for a whole school enterprise project!

Grow your £1 Enterprise month officially ended on Saturday, 30th June.  This has been a wonderful event which has really shown the children (and parents) to be innovative, creative and competitive in their approach. 

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Happy Puzzle Company

Math’s week, October 2018 has been a really successful event which the children and staff have enjoyed.

The Happy Puzzle company started the week with plenty of interactive fun games for the   children to play and learn from.

Magical Maths entertained the children with their Maths Mysteries! Magical Maths are also hoping to start a Magical Math’s club at Harpenden Academy soon. We will keep you posted with any developments on this matter.

Finally we finished with wearing a pattern to school day today, which the children and staff embraced.

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As part of Maths Week, The Happy Puzzle Company came to Harpenden Academy in October 2017. The children worked in teams to solve problems. Back in the classroom, they continued the fun!

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Harpenden Schools Maths Masterclass

Harpenden Schools Maths Masterclass, 1st December 2017

On Thursday afternoon eight mathematicians from year six took part in a Harpenden schools maths masterclass, learning about the maths and science  behind rainbows. They were extremely curious, engaged and enthusiastic throughout the activity - using compasses, protractors and set squares to draw the angles of incidence and refraction of the rainbow.


Well done mathematicians!

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Maths Masterclass Thursday 25th January 2018

Year 6 had a mind-blowing Maths Masterclass run by the Royal Institute learning about magic maths - spotting patterns and generating rules linked to magic squares. They completed and investigated Magic Square 3 x 3 and 4 x 4 and even used algebra to solve a magic date number square!

“I was so proud of the children's engagement, perseverance, and ability to spot patterns and change their investigations based on these patterns, not to mention their confidence and eloquence when answering questions and sharing findings with the group.” - Mrs Watson

The lady from the Royal Institute complimented several of our children, for their 'mathematical spark', stating 'Hearing your mathematical explanation is like music to my ears'.

Here are some of the children’s comments reflecting their excellent thinking mathematically skills:

“I think there will be 81 possibilities because 9 x 9 = 81.” (V – Year 6 Pupil)

“Having the 6 in the middle can’t work because you couldn’t use the 10 in a number bond to 16. Let’s try 4 in the middle because that’s one less than 5.” (E – Year 6 Pupil)

“I’m wondering if those 4 total 34 as well.” (M – Year 6 Pupil)

“This one is different because it has two of some numbers.” (R – Year 6 Pupil)

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Magical Maths Club

At Harpenden Academy, children have the opportunity to attend an exciting extra-curricular club after school.

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Shape bingo with Magical Maths

Maths - No Problem!

Harpenden Academy teaches maths primarily through the concrete-abstract-pictorial approach. The children have really enjoyed the new approach to our maths lessons.

Pupil Voice:

“I like using the number bead lines in maths.” (Reception Pupil)

“I like maths because we become detectives and solve problems!” (Year 1 Pupil)

“I like maths because I enjoy the challenges.” (Year 2 Pupil)

“I love that there are many different methods in the Maths – No Problem books because if you’re stuck on one method, you can use another.” (Year 5 Pupil)

Live Learning

We completed a Live Learning maths lesson in Year 4. Parents had the opportunity to join us for a Maths No Problem lesson on converting fractions to decimals. The lesson had some positive feedback:

 

Year

(Number attending)

Subject

Most useful thing about the session?

How will home learning be impacted?

Future Subjects?

3 word summary

Year 4

(4)

Maths

(Converting fractions to decimal)

  • Working together
  • Seeing the structure of a “Math –No problem!” lesson
  • Seeing how maths is taught
  • Seeing how maths is taught which will make home learning easier
  • I will do more of it.
  • I now know more about what happens in the classroom so I can mirror it
  • Utilise techniques at home rather than my old way of doing things.
  • Using the same terminology at home
  • Science
  • Design
  • Art
  • English

Informative, interesting, fun, great insight

Workshops

Parent Workshop – Maths No Problem

Year 6 Maths Mastery

Year 6 maths mastery

World Cup 2018

July 2018, Year 6 have been busy solving World Cup 2018 and Wimbledon related maths problems. One activity involved them measuring the area and perimeter of our own football pitch as well as the circumference, diameter and radius of the centre circle. The children then used ratio to compare the size of our pitch to than of the full size pitches being played on at the World Cup.

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Year 6 Ratio Topic

This week, 16 March 2018, in Year 6 we kicked off our ratio topic by making blackcurrant squash using one part cordial to nine parts water in a variety of measuring jugs with different capacities. To check we'd all got the ratio correct - we compared the colour of our juice at the end!

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