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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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PSHCE

Purpose and Aims

"Leaders place a strong emphasis on pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is a key feature of the school. From the time they join the school, pupils are gradually taught to take responsibility and to become independent learners.......They ensure that individual pupils are provided with the support they need. Leaders ensure that pupils are helped to develop life skills, such as resilience and how to be assertive." School Ofsted Report, June 2019

Purpose:

PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Aims:

  • To build confidence, resilience and self-esteem
  • To identify and manage risk
  • To make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions
  • To recognise, accept and shape their identities
  • To understand and accommodate difference and change
  • To manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.

Provision

Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences across the PSHE and SRE curriculum
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like young citizens

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

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching PSHE so that every opportunity is taken to relate PSHE to the needs of our pupils. PSHE is studied weekly in both Key Stages, either through PSHE sessions, values sessions or News and Views sessions.  Cross curricular links and Learning Outside the Classroom are incorporated where possible and meaningful.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression includes 12 units which are visited once in KS1 and twice in KS2 at a more challenging level at each stage. We set out our expectations around the Harpenden Academy PSHE scheme (adapted from the Ealing scheme). We use the Chris Quigley three cognitive domains to ensure each child receives the right support and challenge: Basic (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 each milestone (KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2) and some will have a Deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each year using the PSHE scheme assessment guidance.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teachers’ judgements via book looks as well as ensuring breadth and depth of curriculum through book looks, learning walks and learning talks (with pupils). Strengths and areas for development are identified and actions shared with staff then reviewed to assess impact. Book looks are done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The subject leader action plan and monitoring evidence is kept in the monitoring file and evidence is gathered and celebrated in the PSHE and SMSC portfolios.

Buddies!

Elmer and Tolkien enjoyed meeting their new buddies today. Both classes showed kindness, respect and were full of smiles.

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Happy World Smile Day from us all At Harpenden Academy

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Elections: School Councillors, Sports Councillors and Eco Councillors

Excellent manifestos from many of the children in Year 6 Team Shakespeare this week in our elections for school councillors, sports councillors and eco councillors.

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Year 6, Crucial Crew Workshop

Team Year Six enjoying their afternoon at St Albans’ fire station participating in a Crucial Crew workshop - learning how to stay safe in a variety of workshops from fire safety to drugs awareness to safe road crossing (with mobile phones).

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Year 4 Kerr class using the sports arena to explore new sports during playtime.

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Year 6 Shakespeare class sunshine meditation

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Lockdown Photography Competition winners in Year 3 Potter class

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The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how others would act.

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Year 1 Elmer class, Learning about Germs

Year 1 Elmer class continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away.

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Year 6, Cycling Awareness Course

Year 6 cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience.

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Year 3 Potter Class, National Reflection Day

Year 3 Potter class took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future.

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All sorts of play by Kerr Class

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Year 6 Shakespeare exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem

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Year 6 Shakespeare Class, National Reflection Day

Year 6 Shakespeare class celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves.

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Year 6 cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited!

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Year 2 Moomin Class, Relaxation Techniques

In PSHE in Moomin Class today we were talking about what being relaxed meant and things we can do to make us feel relaxed. We talked about things that make us stressed. Then we looked at different activities and decided if the person was stressed or relaxed and why.

I have been so impressed with how well Year 1 Elmer class have returned from remote learning. Their enthusiasm for learning, kindness, maturity and attitude to learning has been amazing. Here we are enjoying our 'Catch up and Connect time'.

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Year 6 Shakespeare Class, Litter Campaign

Year 6 Shakespeare artists and activists have worked hard this morning creating powerful posters for the Harpenden Litter poster.

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Year 4 and Year 5, Communications Skills

Year 4/Year 5 Dr Seuss have been practising their communication and listening skills as well as learning to trust one another.

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Connecting through play

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Year 6, Healthy Competition

A healthy exhibition of competitiveness and team play in PE today by Team Shakespeare - overcoming challenges; digging deep to find our resilience.

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World Mental Health Day, Year 6 Shakespeare Class

Year 6 World Mental Health day activities throughout this week including Positivity sheets and Things I Love hearts...

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My class were busy before half term creating Powerpoints about Children's Mental Health and Mindfulness.  As part of our Computing learning we have inserted audio clips of the children doing a mindful activity on one of the slides (you may need to press the speaker icon if it doesn't start automatically).  

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Feel Good Jar, Year 6

We have been exploring positivity quotes in Year Six and how powerful they can be in lifting our mood and creating a positive, growth mindset. We all researched quotes online and chose some of our favourites to fill our class Feel Good Jar. Some of us even created our own quotes. At any time we can pick a positivity quote from the jar to remind us to keep positive and to help pick us up if we feel a little down.

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Growth Mindset, Year 6 Workshop

In the first week of Year 6 we learnt lots about Growth Mindset and what a huge, positive impact a growth mindset can have on our learning and wellbeing. In teams we created our own Growth and Fixed Mindset mascots then presented them to the class. After that we held a democratic vote to decide which one we wanted to adopt for the Team Shakespeare mascots for the year.

The top three choices were:

  • 1 st - David Attenborough and Donald Trump
  • 2 nd - Sunflower and Moss
  • 3 rd - Dobby and Creature

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Children's University

Congratulations to the group of children who graduated from The Children’s University this week. Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. They do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.

The children have logged in their ‘Learning Passports,’ their hours in after school activities at participating Learning Destinations.

Awards are received for 30, 65 and 100 hours.

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Wellbeing Week

Harpenden Bike Ride

Year 6 kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. They have nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice.

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Guest Chef and Tasty Treats

Guest Chef, Patti teaches Year 6 how to jazz up any meal using spices, June 2019

On Tuesday, Patti joined Year 6 as our Guest Chef and provided us with a demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal.

The children were mesmerised by Patti and she plans to return to Harpenden Academy with some further workshops in the future.

The children and the staff enjoyed their tasters!

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Smoothie Making in Year 6

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Year 6 made their own smoothies selecting the fruits they wanted to use and researching their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies.

Mental Health Workshop

An inspiring and informative mental health session in Year 6 learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent).

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Kent Owl Academy visit for an Owl Flight Demonstration & Photo Opportunity

Nigel King and his daughter, Scarlett from ‘The Kent Owl Academy,’ stepped in to save the day on Thursday.  We were let down by our original owl people on Tuesday and we were faced with being owl-less!  The children ended up having the most informative talk from Nigel and had a great time.  

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EYFS visit Graveley Fruit Farm

Hello from Graverley Fruit Farm! EYFS had such fun picking strawberries.

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We tried to explode a watermelon with elastic bands.Then realised the watermelon was not ripe enough. After 72 bands and the kids waiting patiently for an exploding watermelon, we found another way of making it explode!

We voted to see what we thought would happen if we dropped it from a height. 3 children thought it would bounce. It did not!

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Year 6 organise Whole School Fun Run to raise Money for Herts Refugees

Our 3rd charity fun run took place on Wednesday, 22nd May, will all monies raised for the clarity of Year 6’s choice “Herts for Refugees.”


Approx £400 was raised which is a huge amount for a small school. Each time we do this it reminds us how much fun and enjoyment the children gain from it.The Year 6 were superb at organising the event and selling cakes to swell the coffers. As always many thanks to the staff and parents for supporting this event but especially Mrs Watson who in her own words “I love this event.”


The pictures don’t do the event justice. It was terrific to see so many good runners coming to the fore—lots to be excited and proud of in the future.

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Wonderful Buzz in School as Year 6 complete their SATs

There has been a wonderful buzz around school all week as our Year 6 children have taken their KS2 SATs; the children have been happy, relaxed and determined in equal measure and their mental wellbeing has been at the heart of everything we've done: from delicious breakfast parties (thank you parents for all the yummy goodies you provided) to fun-filled games of Scattegories (involving excellent team spirit and much laughter) to the additional play and mindfulness sessions outdoors in the sunshine. Not to mention our post-SATs party in the park yesterday which many parents joined us for to celebrate the amazing attitudes of our children this week. I think Tilly summed it up brilliantly yesterday morning when she exclaimed, "I don't want SATs to be over!" Well done Year 6- you rocked it!

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News & Views in Family Groups, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Whole School

What a wonderful afternoon we’re having in Family Groups with Y6 children leading mental health & emotional well-being sessions across school. Y6 planned their sessions to support younger children wth ideas from telling jokes to mindfulness So proud of each and every Y6 child.

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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness week with our Year 6 SATs breakfast parties

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Local Walk to Identify Local Issues, Year 6

On Monday this week Year 6 went on a local walk to identify any local issues that they want to address via persuasive letters to local MPs. Here are some of the issues they raised following our walk:

  • Over-development (housing replacing community spaces)
  • Lack of streetlights after midnight
  • Lack of publicity regarding anti-social behaviour
  • Cars driving dangerously
  • Lack of bike lanes and bike racks
  • Anti-social behaviour (including graffiti and littering)
  • Lack of public water fountains
  • Lack of shops where reusable containers can be used

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Year 6, Hertfordshire Crucial Crew

Yesterday Year 6 took part in Hertfordshire’s Crucial Crew workshop where they participated in nine activities related to real life risks. The activities ranged from knife crime to antisocial behaviour to first aid to fire safety. We have lots to explore further once we’re back we school including links to our March value of fairness in terms of whether it is fair to be punished for a crime you orchestrated or knew about but didn’t actually commit.

The adults running the sessions commented on how beautifully behaved our children were, not too mention how engaged and thoughtful in their responses to questions. I was very proud of them all! Mrs Watson

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"What shocked me was that a boy Billie was killed due to a knife crime when he stepped in to help a friend." (William)

 

"Something that surprised me was that if you charge your phone on a soft material it could cause a fire." (Stan)

 

"The drugs activity was intimidating but helpful because it prepared you for the future and how to stand up for yourself." (Keita)

 

"It was very strange trying on the goggles that simulate what it looks like if you’re drunk because I realised that you could get really injured." (Molly)

Forest School, SATS Wellbeing Programme

Year Six had an amazing time at forest school on Tuesday as part of the mock SATS wellbeing programme and linking to their Thrive Outside PSHE project.  Mrs Watson

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Safer Internet Day

Click here to read our Year 6 comments about Safer Internet Day and to glimpse a snapshot of what we covered in each class. 

Dogs Trust

On Monday, Dog’s Trust spent the whole day in school working with individual classes regarding behaviour around dogs generally, but also bearing in mind being around Rosie Red.

Rosie Red is scheduled to start the second phase of her training soon and it is     important that the children and adults actually pay little attention to her from this point forth. The ultimate aim is that she will be able to walk around the school as well as in and out of classes with out causing a ripple of excitement. We are a long way off that yet!! Rosie will soon start her ‘in-school training’ and of course I will let parents and children know how that goes. She has been recovering all week from a little operation that female doggies have (!) and she will be back in school soon.

“Year 6 were visited by The Dogs’ Trust to learn about how and why dogs behave in certain ways and how our interactions with them will affect their behaviour. It was a highly engaging and informative session providing us with lots of strategies to keep ourselves and dogs safe.” Year 6 child

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People Who Help Us, Reception visit Harpenden Fire Station

Ladybird class went on a very exciting trip to the fire station in Harpenden today. We met real life Fireman Sam! (also firefighters Dave, Larry and Giles) . We saw where they put on their uniforms and learnt how quickly they need to do it. We also tried on their helmets and special fire jackets . We were shown how they looked for people in the dark with a special camera and how they safely enter a building and climb stairs . We were then very lucky and went for a ride in a Fire Engine and then heard the loud sirens and saw the flashing lights . At the end of our visit we played a great game with the water hoses , first team to knock down the cones . We ended up getting poor firefighter Giles very wet but some of us ended up getting wet too !!! It was so much fun.

Thrive Outside Project, Year 6

This week year six 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.

They had a fantastic couple of hours:

  • playing freely in and amongst the trees
  • participating in a mindfulness session in the beautiful winter sunshine which focused on grounding
  • creating their own nature trails using the right compass directions and all the senses
  • generating ideas for prayer flags and wheels (linked to our RE topic on Buddhism)

It was wonderful hearing the children reflecting on how their time outdoors made them feel: alive, mindful, relaxed, tranquil and ‘small but in good way.’ 

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Parent Behaviour Workshop

Parent-Behaviour-Workshop-January-2019.pdf

Many thanks to the parents who attended our behaviour workshop on Tuesday to find out more about our positive behaviour management policy and our focus on growth mindset and resilience as key components of positive behaviour for learning.

Mrs Aylott ran though our behaviour policy and the steps we take as a school to ensure we are all adopting a positive, nurturing, therapeutic approach to behaviour management. Our behaviour process has been updated over the past few months with the input of the children and staff. 

A summary of the key points is as follows:

  • we always look to praise the positive behaviour we want to see and to celebrate those children whose behaviour follows our school rules: to be kind, to be respectful and to be safe. 
  • positive praise is done through a range of ways including: spot ons, dojos, marvellous me messages, celebration with other teachers, personal verbal feedback adapted to the needs of individuals, and whole school celebration assemblies
  • we have adapted our policy to incorporate Hertfordshire's STEPs approach which is based on addressing the need behind the behaviour and empowering children to have choices when self regulating their behaviour and to work towards positive changes in their behaviour (through a nurturing and restorative approach)
  • all staff have a de-escalation script which is followed if any challenging behaviour arises to ensure children are treated consistently and respectfully 
  • behaviour incidents are monitored half termly and data is analysed to spot trends and find solutions. The number of behaviour incidents has decreased dramatically since September 2017 when we introduced the new school rules and the revised approach

Mrs Watson shared some recent research on growth mindset and resilience, explaining the significant impact that they can have on children's self esteem, self confidence, curiosity, risk-taking, happiness, mental and emotional well-being and progress in learning - to name a few! The importance of resilience in the 21st century was also discussed, in particular the impact of increased pressures and stress on the children's and adults' mental health. 

A summary of the key points is as follows:

  • growth mindset is about seeing challenges as learning opportunities and being open to try new things and take risks
  • the underlying belief being that effort is more important than outcomes, that mistakes are an important part of learning, and that practice and positive attitude can improve achievement and grow your brain!
  • resilience is closely linked to growth mindset and is about finding ways to bounce back from problems and to learn from them, not to mention being solution-focused and curious when challenges arise and to accept all emotions as part of being human.
  • strategies that we use in school to help develop growth mindset and resilience include: the 6 Bs (use Bits and Bobs, Be still, Backtrack, ask a Buddy, be Brave and ask the Boss); growth mindset mascots (such as Mouse and Gruffalo); praising children's effort and attitudes rather than outcomes; role modelling resilience ourselves by thinking aloud when we become stuck or frustrated as adults; talking to the children about recent brain research that supports the positive benefits of growth mindset and resilience; weekly resilience awards; purposefully giving children tricky challenges and discussing and celebrating their ability to persevere and 'get unstuck'
  • the importance of mindfulness as a way of improving well-being and resilience in children was discussed along with different types of mindfulness activities that can be done at school and home (mindful eating, mindful listening, mindful walking, mindful breathing). At school the children take part in mindfulness activities each day after lunch and it is wonderful to see how calm and ready for learning the children are afterwards.

A couple of resources that were mention for developing growth mindset and resilience are:

 - Let's Talk Resilience by Sue Nicholls (card game)

It was lovely to have such lovely feedback from the parents who attended:

"I wanted to say how completely fantastic the session was this afternoon - it was incredibly helpful with lots of ideas to try at home."(Parent of a Y2 and Y4 child)

"I really valued the behaviour workshop this week - it was brilliant to see how our children are learning resilience, patience and understanding. I feel it's invaluable that we, as parents, get on board and learn the techniques our children are implementing every day. I left feeling incredibly positive so thank you!(Year 4 parent)

"Thank you for the behaviour workshop you put on for parents this week. It was very reassuring to know that HA operates in such a positive, caring way towards our children. Apart from the obvious benefits the school policy has made to student behaviour at school, we parents came away with some very good ideas on how we could use the same techniques at home!"(Year 5 parent)

" The workshop was very helpful. Great reminders about growth mindset and mindfulness. And good for me (as a new parent) to know more of the HA approach. You are doing great work here and it was a very eloquent presentation."(Year 5 parent)

Harpenden Academy Elves Wrap over 200 presents for Charity

On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Christmas day full of joy and hope for children who are currently living in care. Last year our gifts were extremely well received and this year we've over doubled the number being gifted.

The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label all the gifts, also creating beautiful cards to send to each child. Thank you all for your time, generosity and energy.

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Action for Happiness

This week all classes (and hopefully teachers and other staff) have been taking part in the Action for Happiness Kindness calendar - with a new kindness challenge every day as part of Do Good December!

It has been wonderful to see the children embracing this concept so openheartedly and we hope some of the actions have been brought home. In Year 6 we had so many secret positivity notes delivered to our classroom on Thursday that we had to set up books to stick them all in! The calendar fits with our value of the month - Hope - as showing kindness is a way of spreading hope. Please feel free to complete Saturday and Sunday's challenges at home:

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Crucial Crew Workshop

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Class Baking

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Feeling Good Fortnight

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Paul Geraghty

Paul Geraghty, amazed the children with his storytelling and illustrations. His illustrations will be displayed in school once we have frames for them.

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George Fouche Motivational Speaker

Who told us about his life and the positive impact a growth mindset had had on his challenging life so far.

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Forest School

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Cowboy Day

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Mindfulness

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Making pizzas with our ABM Caterers

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Waste Ninja

We learnt how to not waster food.

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Learning Playground Games in Family Groups

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

At Harpenden Academy we teach the children and teachers mindfulness techniques to provide them with tools to support their mental and emotional wellbeing. We often have mindfulness breaks during the day to pause, relax and clear our busy minds. Sometimes we do our mindfulness outdoors looking up at the sky and listening to the sounds around us. At other times we go into the sensory room and use the calming equipment in there to help us enjoy being in the present moment.  Year Six shared their mindfulness learning with the whole school in an assembly - explaining all about the different aspects of mindfulness they use, from mindful eating to mindful listening and mindful breathing. They also talked about how mindfulness helps them outside school - for example getting back to sleep if they wake in the night or steadying their nerves before a swimming gala.

Small Acts of Kindness Project

In January 2017 the school council (inspired by the Queen's Christmas speech) wanted to set up a Small Acts of Kindness project in which each class created their own small act of kindness to carry out in our local community. Activities ranged from baking cookies for our local fire station to singing at a local old people's home to organising a whole school fun run to raise money for refugees. Everyone felt really proud to have made a positive difference to other people's lives, near and far.

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Mini-Police Project

During the Spring Term 2018, our Year Five pupils were took part in Hertfordshire's Mini Police project - the first school to be chosen to pilot the project. It was an amazing experience with the children learning a huge amount about what being a police officer involves - from police dog handling to riot training to how to tackle anti-social behaviour. The children shared their learning with the rest of the school in a Mini Police assembly as well as being invited to an awards ceremony at the Hertfordshire Police Headquarters. What wonderful role models these children are to the rest of our school and community.

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People Who Help Us

In the Spring term 2018 our Reception children were learning about People Who Help Us. Each week a different person came to visit the children, talk about their job and answer the children's questions: mountain rescue dog handler, physiotherapist, nurse, police dog handler, postman and paramedic. Each visit was inspiring and informative, not to mention lots of fun!

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Remembrance Day, November 2017

Thank you to our Elliot and Emily from SJL who played the last post on the cornet. The lovely Vicar Dennis Stamp for his Remembrance speech and to Barnaby’s Grandad, Mike, for sharing his thoughts and memories with us. Year 5 did a moving recital of the poem ‘ In Flanders Fields.’ It was a lovely shining example of school, parents and the local community coming together.

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Icing biscuits for Poppy Day with our ABM Caterers

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School Rules

During family groups on Wednesday Sapphire group came up with three school rules: be respectful, be happy, be kind. The children then acted out scenarios showing these three rules in action. Can you guess which rule is being acted out in each photo?

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