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12/02/19

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. https://t.co/WFTuY2dtY1

12/02/19

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! https://t.co/prDQrKwHDm

08/02/19

Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!! https://t.co/F6Q0DvZ4Ab

04/02/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

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

01/02/19

A giant snow play today at Harpenden Academy! Happy children who are simply loving the snow. https://t.co/NmNVaGNtnq

01/02/19

Snow Alert - school will be open - see attachment for details. Website down so message delivered by Class List and Marvellous Me. Spread the word. https://t.co/iHu7Rh1Hhm

30/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

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 https://t.co/2atm2HMsJH https://t.co/skoUG2857Z

29/01/19

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

29/01/19

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.

29/01/19

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

26/01/19

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! https://t.co/K1BfauOt1v

26/01/19

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. https://t.co/whfL6WYKFZ

26/01/19

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. https://t.co/35C2VTa3sM

26/01/19

Look what Father Christmas delivered to Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/ZRSmlsbqpA

26/01/19

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. https://t.co/VLoN81k6nR

18/01/19

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! https://t.co/T15OMOrBYS

18/01/19

How the ladies would have dressed during the first ladies tournament (1884) https://t.co/NImQNqBOeG

18/01/19

How Spencer Gore would have dressed (1877 - first champion) https://t.co/4zQ5XphqlS

18/01/19

Wimbledon with Dahl Class

18/01/19

Dahl Class had a fantastic day at Wimbledon on Thursday! Here's a few photos of what we got up to... https://t.co/qJk0Td0x4c

15/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

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.

15/01/19

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. https://t.co/aenQq4kUme

15/01/19

Why are Year 1 being treated to breakfast this morning? https://t.co/HQDE7E4tLP

15/01/19

Year 1: I wonder what's going on? https://t.co/is8Ktg4262

15/01/19

What is happening in Year 1 this morning? https://t.co/2HhkcNomxd

21/12/18

These two pupils spent their lunchtime rehearsing for the first time to give their classmates a Christmas concert. Merry Christmas! https://t.co/8LPn0cdTbD

21/12/18

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Please follow link for our end of term Trust newsletter https://t.co/IPJxWAIELk We would like to wish students, families and staff across the Trust a very Merry Christmas https://t.co/JL5jpBJq3G

21/12/18

Merry Christmas from everyone at Harpenden Academy! ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ 🎅🎄 https://t.co/01dX8HMj2m

18/12/18

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 https://t.co/cE1TCxVUC0

18/12/18

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 https://t.co/yaSjg7RcwQ

14/12/18

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 https://t.co/Id3ivoawXz

13/12/18

The school has gained permission to publish photos of these children on Twitter

13/12/18

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. https://t.co/YMWKo1vTON

13/12/18

What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars! https://t.co/Huhv223osf

09/12/18

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 https://t.co/JxnAv23F5H

04/12/18

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! https://t.co/hrrMFpfKZV

04/12/18

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! https://t.co/nJAyBMxr1O

25/11/18

Retweeted From Chris Norton Walker

Really fun gig at last night with https://t.co/OqYpzbvgOP

16/11/18

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. https://t.co/gkwjVPSA6C

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Physical Education

Purpose and Aims

Purpose:

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.  It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.  Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
 
Physical Education (PE) inspires to succeed and excel in competitive sport and physically-demanding activities. PE provides pupils the opportunities to be physically confident in their health and fitness. Fairness and respect are values embedded through sport and activities build character.
 

Aims:

  • To develop practical skills to excel in broad range of physical activity.
  • To lead active healthy lives.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities.

Provision

Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Depth - which helps pupils to develop an in-depth understanding of PE.

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 PE so that every opportunity is taken to relate PE to the needs of our pupils. PE 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 ad 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 "milestones" approach.  Each milestone has a set of indicators that are repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basics (we call it paddling), Advancing (we call it 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.

Look what Father Christmas delivered! January 2019

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Over the Christmas holiday Father Christmas also visited Harpenden Academy and left us some rather wonderful PE equipment in the hall, namely a wall bar unit and climbing ropes. Miss Harvey is particularly excited but I am thrilled too. When I came to the school two years ago I remember saying the hall was crying out for gymnastic equipment and now we finally have it. I’m sure that it is the children who are going to have the most enjoyment from it—which is exactly as it should be!

Another Goal for Harpenden Academy Boy's football team! December 2018

On a damp and muddy Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 travelled to Sauncey Wood for their next fixture in the local league. The boys took an early lead, but unfortunately Sauncey Wood came back with a quick goal. The 2nd half was much closer with both teams having great opportunities to score and both goalkeepers made some great saves to keep the game at 1 vs 1. It was tightly fought game in the mud. So well done boys, keep it up. The whole school is behind you. The rest of the season is looking positive for the boys and I hope this will be our most successful season yet. 

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Cross Country, November 2018

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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Cross Country Tournament, November 2018

A wonderful performance from our Year 5 and Year 6 six runners at yesterday’s tournament. All runners showed excellent commitment and resilience, not to mention superb sportsmanship. A special mention to James in year six for coming fifth in his race out of over eighty runners- amazing!

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Cross Country

The start of the Autumn Term 2018 was a record run with 40 children running around the common on a beautiful Autumnal morning. Thank you so much to the parents who volunteered to make this happen. Please sign up with the office if you are able to volunteer to ensure we can get out into the great outdoors each Tuesday morning.

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On Friday, 15th June 2018, our Year 3 and 4 cross country teams took part in the Harpenden Schools Y 3/4 tournament at Markyate school. Then ran brilliantly - showing determination and excitement in equal measure. I was particularly impressed with their fantastic behaviour (thanking the organisers) and their excellent sportsmanship (cheering on and even helping children from other schools). A huge thank you too to Susan, Georgina, Jasmina and Charlene for escorting the children to and from the event - much appreciated.

Excellent performance team Harpenden Academy!

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